Spring in Alsace is not an easy season for the photographer … The vegetation is exploding: it is a festival of flowers and leaves everywhere! The asparagus tips show their nose. The activities also start again: flower festival, flea markets and local products … The terraces are taken by storm when the sun shines . In short, we do not know where to turn. And I, I run to the right and left to make images. Pictures to show you that spring is really a season in which you have to be in Alsace!

An afternoon through the vineyards around Riquewihr …

Riquewihr in spring seen from the vineyards of Schoenenbourg.
Riquewihr in spring seen from the vineyards of Schoenenbourg.

There it is! The Hikers are back! Had they even gone anyway? Alsace is a land of walks whatever the season. But in the spring, the weather lends itself to hiking: the temperatures are pleasant without being too hot. This is perfect for walking. Before tackling the mountain, the vineyard allows to warm up. Riquewihr, pearl of the Alsatian wines and vineyards, nestled in a valley close to the mountain and the forest, offers beautiful circular walks. Early morning and late afternoon provide the finest discoveries.
Here are some moments picked in late afternoon and, I hope, will make you want to get out …

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My walk starts on the hillside of Schoenenbourg, the most renowned vineyards of Riquewihr. The view is spectacular in all seasons and in all weathers. The village is nestled in its ramparts. The Protestant church in the foreground counts the hours. Farther to the south, we see a small pass through which escape other vineyards towards Kientzheim. I like going over there. Climb the vines of Froehn and Oberberg, near the forest.

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At the end of Riquewihr, on the road through the vineyards of Kientzheim we have a nice view to the north. Beyond the Schoenenbourg hillside can be seen from the Haut-Koenigsbourg. From the highest point, near the forest, only the towers of Riquewihr emerge from the valley. The evening moved slowly and the shadows lengthen.

I really need to be back at sunrise, when the rising sun from the Rhine and the Black Forest gently caresses the vines …

 Riquewihr nestles in its valley at the foot of the Vosges.
Riquewihr nestles in its valley at the foot of the Vosges.

I invite our friends and guests who stay in one of our holiday apartments at Les Remparts de Riquewihr to take a picnic and do some walking around the village. In the silence of nature, there are wonderful discoveries to be done …

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