Visit Eguisheim in Alsace – Ideas to do

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Eguisheim is a typical Alsatian village just outside Colmar, on the Alsace Wine Route. In this blog post, I give you my ideas and tips for your visit.

Laurène
Laurène
Laurène is the blog's creator. Originally from Brittany but now living in Alsace, she has fallen in love with her adopted region and loves exploring its every nook and cranny to unearth great ideas to share with you!

Why visit Eguisheim?

Eguisheim is notably famous for having been elected “Favorite Village of the French” in 2013, the famous show hosted by Stéphane Bern. But that’s not all, Eguisheim is also part of the very closed club of the Most Beautiful Villages of France. It is really a must during a stay in Alsace!

It is inevitably very popular with tourists, but we must admit that it is rightly so and that it really deserves a visit! It really is one of the most beautiful villages on the Alsace Wine Route. You can easily combine the visit of Eguisheim with that of Colmar: there are only 7km between the two, and Eguisheim is a small village.

  • Walking in the pedestrian center
  • Very flowery village
  • The surroundings are beautiful and worth a walk!
  • Eguisheim is very touristic, so it can be quite crowded in season

How to visit Eguisheim

Eguisheim is a small town that can be discovered on foot. Park your car in one of the parking lots on the outskirts of the historic center and enjoy a pleasant stroll! Allow a few hours to stroll around and really take your time. For cars, there are two free parking lots, the Parking de la Tuilerie and Parking du Millénaire, and two paying parking lots (4€ per day), the Parking de la Mairie and the Parking des Marronniers.

1. Stroll downtown

Eguisheim is a very pleasant place to visit on foot. The walled city spreads out in concentric circles and it is very pleasant to walk around it. You can follow for example the circuit proposed by the Tourist Office, or stroll randomly through the colorful cobbled streets. There is no risk of getting lost, Eguisheim is not very big and the pleasure consists precisely in strolling and marvelling at the beauty of the discoveries you make at each step!

One can admire many Alsatian half-timbered houses with bright colors whose windowsills are richly decorated with flowers. Eguisheim has already won several prizes for its flowering, and you will quickly understand why when you walk around!

The civil and military buildings have been tremendously well preserved and the architecture of the village is fascinating. As for the remarkable monuments, you will be able to admire the Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul Church (Gothic building erected in 1220), the Saint-Leon IX Castle, as well as the Chapel and the fountain of the same name. You will see that Pope Leo is omnipresent in the names of the buildings and the central square of the village, and for good reason: Eguisheim is his birthplace. Eguisheim is also known for its five colonial courtyards, which you can discover during your visit.

2. Visit a winery and taste Alsace wines

You are on the Alsace Wine Route, so don’t hesitate to visit a winegrower and taste Alsace wines! In Eguisheim, I can recommend Emile Beyer or Pierre-Henri Ginglinger (organic). Otherwise, here is also my selection of other Alsatian domains.

3. Cycling through the vineyards

Eguisheim being nestled in the heart of the Alsatian vineyard, it would be a shame to leave without having done a little bike ride in the vineyards, especially since you have on the spot an electric bike rental company that I recommend: Alsa Cyclo Tours.

4. Walking in the vineyards

Do you prefer to walk? It’s a very good idea too, the vineyard lends itself very well. For example, you can take a nice walk in Eguisheim along the Grands Crus wine trail. If you want to make a longer walk, you can choose the 3 castles of Eguisheim (Dagsbourg, Wahlenbourg and Weckmund, all three built between the 11th and 12th century) as a goal for your walk.

5. Visit the Eguisheim Christmas Market

The Christmas market of Eguisheim is very small, but the illuminated and decorated village is magnificent: it is worth a visit!