Eguisheim is a charming village in Alsace and a walking tour is the best way to explore its picturesque streets and half-timbered houses.
This walking tour of Eguisheim starts from the large car park at the eastern end of town. Parking is €4 per day. Eguisheim is located 15 minutes south of Colmar by car, or 20 minutes on the bus from Colmar train station.
Eguisheim Walking Tour Map
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Tips for Eguisheim Walking Tour
- As you stroll through Eguisheim, make sure try some of the traditional Alsatian dishes, such as tarte flambée (a thin pizza-like dish) and choucroute (sauerkraut with sausages and other meats).
- The Eguisheim Tourist Information Office has opening hours: Jan-Mar Mon-Sat 9:30-12 & 2-5pm; Mar-Dec Mon-Sat 9:30-12:30 & 1:30-6pm (until 5pm on Sat); May-Oct also open Sun 10-1pm.
- For more walking tours and hikes, see our France Hiking Page.
Top Sights in Eguisheim
This self-guided walking tour will lead you around the best streets of Eguisheim, with an optional walk through the nearby vineyards. You could see most of Eguisheim in 1 hour, or spend a few hours here to include the optional walk and visit the shops and cafes.
- Le Pigeonnier House
- Rue du Rempart
- Eguisheim Vineyards Stroll
- Freudenreich Joseph et Fils Winery
- Place du Château
- Chapelle Saint-Léon IX
- Église Saint-Pierre-et-Paul
- Maison Wolfberger Winery
Eguisheim Walking Tour Route
This walking tour starts from the car park at the eastern end of town, a hundred metres from Eguisheim old town.
Directions: From the car park, head to the main road and turn left. You’ll soon reach the pedestrianised old part of town, all within a circular area previously enclosed by the town walls. Take the first left, perhaps visiting the tourist information on your right just before you do so.
You can pick up an Eguisheim Discovery Trail map from the Tourist Information office, which will help guide you around this walking trail. Opening hours are Jan-Mar Mon-Sat 9:30-12 & 2-5pm; Mar-Dec Mon-Sat 9:30-12:30 & 1:30-6pm (until 5pm on Sat); May-Oct also open Sun 10-1pm).
Directions: Walk a short distance along the left street and you’ll see the first stop.
1. Le Pigeonnier House
Le Pigeonnier House is the much-photographed house at a triangular street corner in Eguisheim. It’s very cute and looks like something out of a Disney film. This location can get busy in the middle of the day – the ideal time to visit is early morning or later in the day when fewer people are around.
Directions: Le Pigeonnier House is at the beginning of the Rue du Rempart, which entirely circles the town. This walking tour now follows the Rue du Rempart..
2. Rue du Rempart
The Rue du Rempart is a narrow, super cute street circling Eguisheim’s old town centre. As you walk along this street, you’ll notice the well-preserved half-timbered houses adorned with colorful flowers. Take your time to appreciate the unique architecture and soak in the atmosphere.
3. Eguisheim Vineyards Stroll
If you want a gentle walk through the Eguisheim vineyards, you can follow the Sentier Viticole (Vineyard Trail). It’s a gentle 3.4 km walk and takes about 45 minutes. To start this trail, take the first left from the Rue du Rempart about 200 metres after the Pigeonnier House. At the bigger road, turn left and follow it around the corner, then take the first left onto a track into the vineyards.
The Sentier Viticole continues through the fields and gradually upwards. On the hill above you can see Three Castles of Eguisheim, composed of three stone towers sticking out from the forest. From the highest point of the walk, the route then descends back towards Eguisheim, passing close to the village’s camping area. There are lovely views over town from here, along with beautiful flowers growing beneath the grapes.
Directions: The vineyards walk returns to Eguisheim at the western end where you can join the Rue du Rempart again.
Rue du Rempart Continued
Continue your walk along Rue du Rempart Nord, the northern section of the town’s ring road. You’ll be treated to more picturesque views and architectural gems as you explore this street. Finally, you’ll reach the eastern part of the circular street, with more lovely houses and colourful shops.
Directions: At the small crossroads just before you’ve completed a full circle, turn right along the little street and through the car park to reach the Grand Rue.
4. Freudenreich Joseph et Fils Winery
Freudenreich Joseph et Fils Winery* is a friendly winery with some great wines, located in a super cute yellow building in the heart of Eguisheim. Tastings are available, with the expectation that you buy a bottle or two.
Directions: At Grand Rue turn right to reach the main square.
5. Place du Château
Place du Château is the central square of Eguisheim Vieille Ville* (Old Town). The square is also known as as Saint-Léon square, after the fountain in the middle. It’s one of the busiest places in town, and surrounded by many shops and cafes. Don’t forget to check out the storks nesting on the roof of the pink church!
The building with the colourful roof tower next to the church is the Château de Saint-Léon (you can’t enter). This central area used to be the location of a little castle, around which the village was centred. Now the old castle has disappeared and you can just admire the surrounding half-timbered houses.
Directions: Continue on the Grand Rue and take the next left to the pink church.
6. Chapelle Saint-Léon IX
Chapelle Saint-Léon IX* is a church built in the late 19th century. It’s small but very pretty inside and it’s quite different from most churches since it’s colourful with a great ceiling. This church is dedicated to the town’s most famous resident – Pope Leo IX, later declared a saint. The church is open every day and free to get in.
Just outside the church is Place du Marché aux Saules, a charming square surrounded by colorful half-timbered houses. This square was once a marketplace and is now a popular gathering spot. Relax on a bench and soak up the atmosphere.
Directions: Turn left after walking out of the church and through the square. Head down the street at the end to reach the larger church.
7. Église Saint-Pierre-et-Paul
The Church of Saint-Pierre-et-Paul* is a Romanesque church dating back to the 13th century. The church has an elegant interior with intricate carvings and stained glass windows, along with a colourful tiled floor.
Directions: Head back to the Place du Château after leaving the church and turn right down the Grand Rue back towards the car park. The final winery is just opposite the entrance to the car park.
8. Maison Wolfberger
Finish your walking tour of Eguisheim with a visit to Maison Wolfberger winery*. This winery was founded over a hundred years ago and sells excellent local wines. Wine tasting is available for free for up to three glasses per person and the staff speak good English.
This is the end of the Eguisheim Walking Tour.
Best Places to Stay in Eguisheim
Eguisheim has many places to stay, from budget hostels to fancy hotels and everything in between. Check out the best places to stay in Eguisheim below:
- Hotel Colmar Vignes Eguisheim*: A great choice for a hotel close to the centre of Eguisheim, with small but clean rooms and free parking.
- L’Hostellerie du Château*: A cute hotel with an excellent location right in the centre of Eguisheim. No on-site parking, but public (paid) parking nearby.
- Hôtel L’Auberge Alsacienne*: A lovely hotel with a traditional Alsatian front, close to the centre of Eguisheim with a nice terrace and free parking (reserve in advance).
- Hotel SPA Husseren Collections*: Up on the hills overlooking Eguisheim, this spa hotel provides wonderful comforts in the middle of nature and has a great restaurant (make reservations), plus serves a delicious breakfast on the terrace.
Guidebooks & Maps for Exploring Alsace
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