When I was a child, I was living more North. But my mother always loved the colourful villages between Obernai and Eguisheim and several times per year parents and children […]
When I was a child, I was living more North. But my mother always loved the colourful villages between Obernai and Eguisheim and several times per year parents and children were crushing into the little car for a nice day trip. Later, when I was a student in Strasbourg, the villages along the wine route and especially Riquewihr were on the top of my list for weekend escapes. At that time I could hardly guess that years later I would have the opportunity to undertake in Riquewihr all that exciting heritage renovation works …
Riquewihr in Alsace, a fairy tale medieval city between mountain and vineyards
I found some quotations about Riquewihr from more famous travelers than myself.
Here they are.
The colourful main street of Riquewihr, a glimpse of typical Alsace
Walks through the little side streets of Riquewihr
On each side of the main street of Riquewihr, there are quite a number of beautiful hidden little streets. The “day trippers” who are in a hurry hardly explore this part of the village. But if you are an adept of Slow Travel in Alsace and while staying in one of our holiday homes in Riquewihr, this part of the village will offer you a lot of interesting discoveries. Take some time to leave the main street beaten track and discover the hidden and secluded streets of Riquewihr. Lift your eyes and you will see so many wonderful architectural details…
Indeed there is more to do in Riquewihr than rushing with the tourist crowds in the main street! Open your eyes, look at the details on the old houses. Explore the side streets. And at the end of the afternoon, when the tourists of the day are gone, you will have Riquewihr for yourself. A very privileged feeling indeed. You will probably need a week or so to discover the main attractions within walking distance or with the local bus.
Hiking along the wine trails surrounding Riquewihr
Visitors can easily explore the heart of the vineyards of Riquewihr and the nearby villages like Hunawihr, Zellenberg, Beblenheim or Kientzheim. You will walk along numerous vineyard paths, or wine trails, leading to the crest of each slope, where signs explain the work of the winegrowers and the diversity of the grape varieties grown. There are several of these wine trails around Riquewihr, winding their way through the heart of the vines and the picturesque landscapes.
For a two-hour walk, at most, each wine trail offers a view of the local colours and flavours, as well as a connection with the personalities of the growers that bring them to life. The tourist office in Riquewihr carries the detailed maps of the wine trails / paths around Riquewihr.
Wine tasting in Riquewihr
- See my short list of favorite winemakers in Riquewihr
- Want to know more about the wines of Riquewihr and Alsace? Our private wine seminar is for you!
What is the best season to visit Riquewihr?
Winter is the season for the wine lover
Here are some more ideas for your stay in Winter.
Spring – time for the vineyards to get ready for the new season
See my recommendations for some nice events in Spring.
Summer – The winegrower is anxious about the weather …
Autumn and grape harvesting in Riquewihr
Joseph Ward, an American wine specialist writing in the Washington Post said: “Alsace is a region apart. German in appearance and character but French in spirit and fact, it has captured the best of both”.
Finally, the year summed up in some sentences:
- Most visitors start visiting Alsace and Riquewihr in Spring, when the beautiful and famous vineyards are wearing their first leaves.
- Summer is the time for families or visitors wanting to take advantage of the long daylight to explore the Alsatian countryside and the nearby Vosges mountains.
- In Fall, harvesting the grapes is another great period, with plenty of festivals and tasting opportunities. Until beginning of November, the vineyards are wearing their golden coat!
- End of November, second to none, we have the start of the Christmas celebrations. This period of the year is a genuine fairy tale in Riquewihr. The Christmas celebrations and Christmas markets start end of November in Alsace and take place until end of December, sometimes until beginning of January.
- Finally, Winter – from January until end of March – is the season of traditional Alsace. Mid November, January and February offer plenty of discoveries for those who know how to look and approach closer. Riquewihr is an uncomparable base for exploring the vineyard, the picturesque medieval villages as well as the mountains of Vosges and Alsace in any season!
You will get cheaper rates and meet only connoisseurs.
Practical hints & tips
As you may imagine, Riquewihr is a successful tourist destination in Alsace, France. But most of the tourists are only coming to Riquewihr for the day. At 6 o’clock in the evening, most of the visitors are gone and this beautiful village will be yours until late in the morning of the next day. The next pictures below are taken at approx 9:30 am… And finally, there is hardly any car traffic allowed in the narrow and picturesque streets of the historical village of Riquewihr. This means that your vacation rental apartment is in a privileged place.
Although in a very preserved area, Riquewihr is only 7 miles from Colmar and minutes from other famous Alsatian villages like Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr, Eguisheim or Kaysersberg.
Simply walk out of your holiday apartment and go for beautiful walks in the forest and mountain or through some of the most famous vineyards in Alsace, the choice is yours!
- Locate Riquewihr (not Riquewhir or Riquevir :-), Alsace and our vacation rentals on a map.
- What is the best, quickest, cheapest way to travel to Riquewihr in Alsace? Discover our hints and tips for airports, flights, trains, car rental… To read our suggestions about how to get the best flights and high speed trains to Alsace and the best car rental deals, click here and scroll down after the Google map will have shown up.