Eguisheim is a typical Alsatian village located next to Colmar, on the Alsace wine route. It is known to have been chosen as the Favorite Village of the French people (“Village préféré des Français”) in 2013. But that’s not all… Eguisheim is also part of the very exclusive club of the Most beautiful villages of France. It is inevitably quite busy with tourists, but its fame is well-deserved!
A brief history of Eguisheim
The village of Eguisheim in Alsace has a long history, as the land has been occupied by humans since the Paleolithic. Countless other civilisations have then made a cultural mark on the area, such as the Gallo-Romans who have started viticulture. Later on, during the 7th century, while the area was ruled by Earls and Dukes, vines were covering hills and slopes. The first castle of Eguisheim was built in 720 and the first village was founded around it. Eguisheim is said to be the native village of the Pope-to-be Leo IX, born in 1002. Eguisheim is also known for its five cours colongères (special provincial courts), that you will be able to see during your visit.
What to do and what to visit in Eguisheim?
I wouldn’t necessarily say that it is the most beautiful village of Alsace, because there are a lot of lovely villages along the Wine Route (why only choose one?), but Eguisheim is definitely worth a stop!
The center is pedestrian, so it is very pleasant to walk around. The walled city unfolds in concentric circles and it’s very pleasant to walk around it. You can follow for example the itinerary suggested by the Tourist Office or wander randomly through the cobbled streets. You won’t get lost, as Eguisheim is not really big. You will be able to see a lot of Alsatian half-timbered houses, with beautifully flowered windows sills. Eguisheim has already won several prices for its flowers.
Civil and military buildings have been wonderfully well-preserved and the architecture of the village is fascinating. As for remarkable monuments, you can visit the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Church, a Gothic edifice erected in 1220, Saint Leo IX fortified castle, as well as the chapel and fountain of the same name, the fortifications, the dovecote and the three castles of Eguisheim. Of course, you can also admire the many colorful half-timbered houses, all decorated with geraniums.
Eguisheim is at the heart of Alsatian vineyards and it would be a shame to miss going for a walk or a ride in the vineyards (you could for example hire an electric bike) and tasting some Alsace wines!
- Walking around the pedestrian center
- A very flowery village
I liked a little less
- Eguisheim is very touristy and it can get quite crowded.
Mes best addresses in Eguisheim
- To taste good Alsatian food (special mention to the Baeckeoffe!): Auberge des Trois Châteaux
- To taste good wines from Alsace: Emile Beyer or Pierre-Henri Ginglinger (organic) ou other Alsatian winemakers
- To buy good gingerbread: Bretzellerie du Rempart
- For mushroom lovers (I love their vinegar mushrooms for aperitif!): La Boutique du Champignon
- To hire a bike and go for a ride in the vineyards: Alsa Cyclo Tours
My pictures of Eguisheim
Eguisheim is located:
- 9 km from Colmar (about 20 minutes drive)
- 41 km from Mulhouse (about 35 minutes drive)
- 91 km from Strasbourg (about 1h05 drive)
There are free and paid parking zones. You will find here all the information about the different parking zones of Eguisheim.
By public transport
You can have a look on the website Vialsace.