By Vicky · Published Aug. 29th, 2023
If you have two days to explore the Alsace Wine Route, check out this fun itinerary below, which brings to all the best sights.
Alsace Wine Route Two Day Itinerary Map
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- The high season in Alsace is summer plus the Christmas period. Additionally, long weekends such as Easter tend to get busy. During these times, book accommodation in advance.
- You can explore Alsace on the train in one day, but some buses are not that frequent, so plan your schedule in advance.
Alsace Wine Route Two Day Itinerary
If you have two days to explore the Alsace Wine Route, a suggested itinerary is below. This route itinerary is between Strasbourg and Colmar, but could easily be reversed if you want to start in Colmar. To maximize your time, why not go on a guided tour of Alsace from Strasbourg*, or a Day Tour of Alsace from Colmar*.
Click on the links to find walking tours of the cities and villages mentioned. Bear in mind, to fit everything into two days, you won’t be able to visit all the sights on the tours! This two-day itinerary includes Strasbourg, Obernai, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Eguisheim and Colmar.
Day 1: Northern Alsace
- Start in Strasbourg: Begin your journey in the city of Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace Region. Explore the historic district of La Petite France, visit Strasbourg Cathedral, and stroll along the beautiful canals. Enjoy a hearty Alsatian breakfast at a local café to fuel up for the day ahead.
Strasbourg to Obernai: Head south from Strasbourg to the charming village of Obernai, a 20-minute drive or a 30-minute train ride.
- Explore Obernai: Spend the rest of the morning exploring Obernai‘s cobbled streets, medieval architecture, and charming shops. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Obernai Wine and Gastronomy House.
Lunch in Obernai: Enjoy lunch at a local café or restaurant in this picturesque medieval town. Try local specialties such as tarte flambée or a traditional Alsatian quiche.
Obernai to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg: After lunch, head to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. It’s a 40-minute drive, or 2 hours via public transport. You have to change in Sélestat, if the gap between the train and bus is long enough, you can also explore this town.
- Visit Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg: Discover Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, a stunning medieval castle perched on a hilltop. Explore the castle’s interiors and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg to Ribeauvillé: It’s a 20-minute drive, or 1hr20 by public transport to the cute town of Ribeauvillé.
- Visit Ribeauvillé: Explore Ribeauvillé, a charming village known for its historic architecture and vibrant atmosphere. If you have time, hike up to the Saint-Ulrich Castle ruins for great views.
Check-in and Relax: Check into your chosen accommodation in Ribeauvillé and take some time to relax and freshen up.
Dinner in Ribeauvillé: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Ribeauvillé. Consider trying a classic Alsatian dish such as choucroute garnie.
Day 2: Southern Alsace
Ribeauvillé to Riquewihr: Head to the nearby village of Riquewihr, which is around a 10-minute drive from Ribeauvillé. Alternatively, there’s a bus between the two villages that takes about 15 minutes, but isn’t very frequent so check times in advance.
- Visit Riquewihr: The picturesque village of Riquewihr is often considered one of the most beautiful on the route. Wander through the narrow streets, admiring the well-preserved medieval architecture. Visit local shops, boutiques, and art galleries. You can also visit the Dolder Tower for panoramic views of the village and surrounding vineyards.
Wine Tasting: Stop at a local winery in Riquewihr, or walk over to Hunawihr, for a wine-tasting session. Take your time to savor the different wines and learn about the winemaking process.
Riquewihr to Eguisheim: Continue your journey to Eguisheim, which is about a 20-minute drive from Riquewihr. If you’re taking public transport, you have to take a bus from Riquewihr to Colmar (20 minutes), and then from Colmar to Eguisheim (about 30 minutes).
- Eguisheim Exploration: Eguisheim is known for its concentric circle layout and colorful houses. Explore the village’s charming streets, shops, and historic sites.
Lunch in Eguisheim: While exploring the village, grab lunch either from a bakery or a more formal restaurant.
Eguisheim to Colmar: Drive to the nearby town of Colmar, which is around a 15-minute drive from Eguisheim (or 15-30 minutes on the bus, depending on where you want to go in Colmar).
- Explore Colmar: Colmar is a larger town with a rich history and a variety of dining options. There’s plenty to see on a walking tour of the town, and if you have time, consider a visit to the famous Unterlinden Museum.
Dinner: Enjoy a delightful dinner at a local restaurant in Colmar. Choose from a range of Alsatian dishes and savor the flavors of the region.
Stay overnight: There are plenty of accommodation options in Colmar, from the good, cheaper option Ibis Budget Colmar Centre Gare* to the Relais & Châteaux La Maison Des Têtes*, a five-star luxury hotel.
To discover all the best towns on the Alsace Wine Route, read our Best Village in Alsace guide. Or to find the best accommodation along the Wine Route, check out our guide to the Best Places to Stay in Alsace.