Les Noëlies – Christmas concerts and nativity scenes in Alsace

Les Noëlies are very famous in Alsace. Every year, during Advent, many free concerts are organized in different churches throughout the region. Les Noëlies continue the tradition of choral singing in Alsace during Christmas times. Concerts are always of very good quality with choirs coming from Alsace, but also from other regions in the world. Depending on the concerts, songs are sacred or profane. I went to the Noëlies for a concert in Marmoutier Abbey, in the North of Alsace. I really enjoyed listening to music and songs in such a beautiful place. This is a good way to slowly get into Christmas mood… Les Noëlies,...

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Easter in Alsace – Lammele (paschal lamb) recipe

Easter in Alsace is synonymous with paschal lamb. As everywhere in France, you might say… Yes, but no! The paschal lamb is a Genoise made in a mold in the shape of a lamb eaten at Easter! It has nothing to do with an old disappearing tradition… Not only lammele (name given to this sponge cake in Bas-Rhin, but lamala in Haut-Rhin) flourish on bakery stalls, but molds are also used by families. It would be out of the question to celebrate Easter without lammele! You can find some and bake somme all throughout Easter and not only on Easter Sunday. The mold traditionally used is...

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Getting around in Alsace

Already in Alsace ? Welcome ! Alsace is a small region where it is is easy to move around. By car The A 35 motorway crosses Alsace from the North to the South going through Lauterbourg, Strasbourg, Obernai, Sélestat, Colmar, Mulhouse et Saint-Louis (next to Basel city in Switzerland). Good news: motorways are free in Alsace! It takes about two hours to go from Lauterbourg  to Saint Louis, which is to cross Alsace. For your information here are a few examples of the time needed to get around Alsace. Lauterbourg Strasbourg Colmar Mulhouse Saint-Louis Lauterbourg  –  45 min  1h30  2h 2h  Strasbourg 45 min  – 1h  1h25  1h30  Colmar 1h30  1h  – 45 min  45 min Mulhouse 2h  1h25  45 min  –  40 min Saint-Louis 2h 1h30 45 min 40 min  – Apart from  the motorways, there are some very enjoyable roads such as the Wine Route and the Crest Road if you have time to admire the landscapes and the traditional Alsatian villages. Public transportation There is a very convenient railway network in Alsace.Here is a map of the alsatian TER network (regional express trains). For your information here are a few examples of the time needed to get around Alsace by train Haguenau Strasbourg Colmar Mulhouse Saint-Louis Haguenau  – 35 min(direct) 1h30(1 changement) 1h55(1 changement) 2h10(1 changement)  Strasbourg 35 min(direct)  – 30 min(direct) 50 min(direct)  1h10(direct)  Colmar 1h30(1 changement) 30 min(direct)...

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How to come to Alsace

Do you consider coming to Alsace? That’s a great idea ! There are three main cities in alsace: Strasbourg, Colmar and Mulhouse. Here are the best ways to get there By car or motorbike Here is an information board about the time needed to come to Alsace by car or motorbike from the main French cities. Strasbourg Colmar Mulhouse Bordeaux 9h15  8h30  8h15 Clermont-Ferrand  6h  5h30  5h Lille  5h15  6h  6h30 Lyon 4h45  4h 3h45 Marseille  7h30  6h45  6h30 Nancy  2h 2h  2h45 Nantes  8h  8h30  8h15  Paris  4h45  5h30 5h15 Reims  3h15  4h  4h45 Rennes  7h45  8h15  7h45 Here is an idea of the time it will take you from the big cities of neighbouring countries. Strasbourg Colmar Mulhouse  Bruxelles 4h30 5h  5h45 Fribourg en Brisgau  1h15  1h  1h  Genève 4h  3h30  3h45 Innsbruck  5h  5h 4h45  Luxembourg  2h15  3h 3h30  Stuttgart  1h45  2h30 2h45 Zürich  2h30  1h45 1h30 By plane Alsace has two international airports. Euroairport (Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport) Euroairport is the airport of basel, Mulhouse and Freiburg. It is located in the South of Alsace at the border between Switzerland and Germany. In addition to the regular airlines companies you can find some low cost companies such as Easy Jet, Vueling and Ryanair. A good way to come to Alsace with a tight budget! Here is the list of the cities linked to Euroairport by direct flights. How to get to Euroairport...

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