10 ideas for visits in Alsace for gourmands (and gourmets!)

by | Updated on 8/11/2023 | Classes and workshops, Gastronomy tours, On a budget, Open on sundays, Various (when it rains), With kids | 0 comments

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Are you a gourmand and/or gourmet looking to visit Alsace? Rest assured, you’re in the right region: here we like to eat and drink well! In addition to the delicious traditional restaurants you’ll find along the way, here are some ideas for gourmet visits in the region. Numerous companies in the gastronomy sector open their doors to you for visits to discover the secrets behind the manufacture of their products and tastings… The perfect combination of learning and indulgence. Don’t forget to drop in at the stores at the end of your visit: all these high-quality products make excellent souvenirs of Alsace to take home as gifts or for yourself!

Visit to the Maison de la choucroute (Le Pic sauerkraut factory) in Meistratzheim

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Visiting a sauerkraut factory in Alsace, that seems quite logical, no? Sauerkraut is usually the dish that comes to mind when you think of Alsatian culinary specialties (which are not just that, fortunately!). But sauerkraut with fillings is also only one of the dishes that can be made with sauerkraut, there is in fact a wide variety of possible recipes. Did I lose you? Let’s make a small point of vocabulary: sauerkraut refers to fermented cabbage while the dish with meat you are probably thinking of is a garnished sauerkraut. There are other uses for sauerkraut: in a fish sauerkraut for example, but also in many other recipes and, as is often less well known, in cooking raw sauerkraut. In any case, sauerkraut is an emblematic food of Alsace!

Visiting a sauerkraut factory in Alsace allows you to immerse yourself in the history of the sauerkraut maker’s trade as well as in the manufacturing process of Alsatian sauerkraut, which is protected by a PGI. Its characteristics? It is long, thin and white (or very pale yellow).

The Maison de la Choucroute, created by the Le Pic sauerkraut factory in Meistratzheim, not far fromObernai, welcomes visitors all year round to help them discover this typically Alsatian product and the know-how of this family-owned sauerkraut factory. It is necessary to call in advance to make a reservation, as tours are only conducted with a guide.

The visit begins with a tasting of kougelhopf with sauerkraut (very good!), followed by the projection of a small film, well dated but allowing to understand the various stages of manufacture, since the culture of the cabbage until the moment when, transformed into sauerkraut, it finishes in a plate. The sauerkraut itself, resulting from natural lacto-fermentation, is very healthy. What is less so is often what is added to accompany it!

It is also possible to have a look at the workshops through glass windows (for sanitary reasons, it is not possible to enter). Depending on the period, you may see all or part of the production. Otherwise, you will have to be satisfied with the explanations of your guide. It’s a real business, so it’s normal that not everything can be visible all the time! September through November is the busiest time of year, so don’t hesitate to come then if you can.

The visit of the sauerkraut factory ends with a tasting. On the menu, raw sauerkraut, cooked sauerkraut and sauerkraut confit. Afterwards, you can go to the store to stock up on sauerkraut and other Alsatian products…

I liked

  • Understanding how sauerkraut is made
  • Learn more about the PGI Choucroute d’Alsace
  • To have the explanations of a guide and to be able to ask questions
  • The tasting 😛

I liked less

  • Not to see the production because the factory was not producing that day (even if it is normal!)
  • The film could use a little sprucing up

My photos of the visit of the Le Pic sauerkraut factory

Practical information

Rates

The visit costs 5€. It is free for children under 14 years old and costs 3€ between 14 and 17 years old.

Days and times of visit

Monday to Friday, from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm. Count about 2 hours of visit.

Access

By car

The address is as follows: Lieu dit Hoeffen 67210 Meistratzheim Follow the signs in the village! You have to count:

  • 28km from Strasbourg (about 25 minutes)
  • 50 km from Colmar (about 45 minutes)
  • 90 km from Mulhouse (about 1h05)
By public transport

Check your route on Fluo.

Cellar visits to Alsace winemakers

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One of Alsace’s must-sees is, of course, the Wine Route… and its winegrowers! You can book tastings as well as tours of the estates and cellars. A great opportunity to discover this important part of Alsatian culture! Click here for a list of our favorite Alsace wineries.

Visit to Confitures du Climont in Ranrupt

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The jams of Climont are artisanal jams produced in Alsace, in the Valley of the Bruche. Heading up the workshop is Fabrice Krencker, voted best jam-maker in France in 2010 by the Confrérie de la Marmite d’Or. It’s well worth a visit and a tasting, isn’t it?

The Climont jam workshop is a bit lost but worth a detour for all jam lovers. Just the smell when you arrive at the parking lot makes you want to… They are made only with sugar and fruit, nothing else. Most of the fruit is purchased during the season and then frozen, so that jams can be made all year round. It is possible to visit the small laboratory where the jams are cooked and to have very interesting explanations. We even have some tips on how to make perfect jams at home!

Then, let’s go for the tasting! The jams of Climont count more than 35 kinds of jams and jellies, that you can taste all. They are delicious. The jar isn’t cheap, but quality comes at a price.

My favorite? Cruelty. Yes, you read that right: the jam is made with sugar and fruits that are dried in the sun. It is not cooked but it keeps very well too. The result is tasty, with a very pronounced fruit taste. I left with a jar of raspberry jam and one with rhubarb and elderflowers. A marvel!

I liked

  • Visit the workshop where the artisanal jams are made
  • Taste the different jams, crufits and syrups
  • Friendly welcome

I liked less

  • The place is a bit far from everything (but it is well indicated!)
  • Prices in the store a little high

My photos of the Confitures du Climont

Practical information

Rates

The visit of the workshop and the tasting are free.

Opening hours

You will find here the opening hours of the workshop and the store of Confitures du Climont.

Access

By car

The address is: 14 route du Climont La Salcée 67420 Ranrupt. The jams of Climont are located:

  • 48 km from Colmar (about 1 hour)
  • 67 km from Strasbourg (about 1h05)
  • 90 km from Mulhouse (about 1h20)
By public transport

Forget it, it’s not possible 🙁

Discover how gingerbread is made in Gertwiller

Gertwiller is the capital of gingerbread in Alsace since the 18th century. If you love gingerbread, you’ve come to the right place: it really is an Alsatian speciality! There are still two major manufacturers in Gertwiller today: Lips and Fortwenger. Both companies have a small museum that can be visited. You can also see the gingerbread making workshops.

Lips House – Museum of gingerbread and Alsatian folk art

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The Gingerbread Museum at the Lips House is a small and original museum. On the ground floor, the gingerbreadworkshop, where many steps are still done by hand. You can taste different kinds of this delicious cake. For my part, I had attended the gingerbread decorating for the Christmas holidays. A great job!

On the first floor, a huge collection of Alsatian folk art: dishes, furniture, ceramics… It is messy but it has charm, especially since the building itself is already superb.

Just go to the store to bring back some good gingerbread, plain or more original. My favorite: the gingerbread with fig. Note that I prefer Lips’ gingerbread to Fortwenger‘s: it’s really less dry and better in my opinion 🙂

I liked

  • Assist in the decoration of gingerbread. The manufacturing must be great too!
  • Taste different gingerbreads
  • The museum is full of surprises: a real dive into the Alsatian culture!

I liked less

  • You have to wait in line in the store to buy your tickets: in busy periods, it’s a bit long.
  • The museum is rather cluttered, less playful than the Fortwenger Gingerbread Palace

Practical information

Rates and opening hours

Here you can find the prices and opening hours of the Gingerbread and Folk Art Museum of Alsace.

Visit of the gingerbread workshop

It is possible to visit the workshop only during the week, when the production line is running (except for some exceptions).

Access

By car

The address is: 110 rue Principale – 67140 Gertwiller. The museum is located in:

  • 35km from Strasbourg (about 30 minutes)
  • 42km from Colmar (about 35 minutes)
  • 84km from Mulhouse (about 55 minutes)
By public transport

There’s a train station in Gertwiller. The museums are just a 3-minute walk away.

Gingerbread Palace of Fortwenger

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The visit to the gingerbread palace in Fortwenger starts with a playful museum where you can learn more about the history of gingerbread and its composition. The sets are very well done and the place is lively, ideal for children.

We then enter theworkshop of manufacture of the gingerbread. You can see the different steps of preparation of the decorated gingerbread (the big hearts for example). These are made entirely by hand, while the others are manufactured on a production line. We don’t see this channel live but an explanatory film shows images of it.

The visit ends with the store, where you can find a lot of good things and nice products. This can be an opportunity to buy a decorated gingerbread to offer, for example!

I liked

  • Attend a few steps of the gingerbread making process
  • Fun museum, nice for children
  • The tasting

I liked less

  • I would have liked to know what I was eating during the tasting, everything is in bulk
  • Less traditional objects than in the Lips House

Practical information

Rates and opening hours

You will find here the prices and opening hours of the Gingerbread Palace.

Visit of the gingerbread workshop

It is only possible to visit the workshop during the week when the production line is running.

Access

By car

The address is: 110 rue Principale – 67140 Gertwiller. The museum is located in:

  • 35km from Strasbourg (about 30 minutes)
  • 42km from Colmar (about 35 minutes)
  • 84km from Mulhouse (about 55 minutes)
By public transport

There’s a train station in Gertwiller. The museums are just a 3-minute walk away.

Tour of Alsace breweries

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As well as wine, beer is a typically Alsatian product… You can of course taste it (in moderation) during your visit to Alsace, but you can also visit breweries and discover how beer is produced. Here are some of the best breweries to visit in Alsace.

Visit to a Munster farm and cheese dairy

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Alsace is a region where cheese is produced, in particular the famous Munster. To visit a real cheese dairy and discover the secrets of making Munster, visit the Versant du Soleil farm. Click here to read our article dedicated to the visit of the Munster cheese dairy.

Chocolate workshop at Daniel Stoffel

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The Daniel Stoffel chocolate factory in Ribeauvillé, a village on the Alsace Wine Route, regularly organizes workshops around… chocolate, of course! I had already participated in a chocolate workshop a few years ago at Daniel Stoffel’s and had really enjoyed it. So I repeated the experience with great pleasure and was not disappointed. We are always welcomed and the workshop allows us to make beautiful discoveries.

An Alsatian and family chocolate factory

The Daniel Stoffel chocolate factory is a well-known chocolate factory in Alsace. It is a family chocolate factory created in 1963 and now owned by the founder’s children.

There are three stores in Alsace: Ribeauvillé, Haguenau and Mundolsheim. Places where it is impossible to leave without having filled up on chocolates because the products are so tempting! You can find chocolate candies, mouldings, spreads but also chocolate bars of different origins. The chocolate factory offers traditional recipes but also more original ones. Something to satisfy all the gourmands, besides there are even vegan or sugar-free chocolates.

Various chocolate workshops for young and old

Workshops on different themes and for different audiences are offered at the Daniel Stoffel chocolate factory:

  • Choco’Time, a chocolate discovery workshop. Free and accessible to all.
  • Choco’Chups, a chocolate lollipop workshop. 5€, for children.
  • Choc’Origines, a workshop to discover the chocolate making process from bean to bar. 25€, for adults and children from 12 years old.
  • Choco’Vino, a wine and chocolate tasting workshop. 15€, for adults only

Choco’Vino, a wine and chocolate tasting

I tested theChoco’Vino workshop, which allows you to taste chocolate and wine at the same time. What better combination than this one when you are on the Alsace Wine Route, right? 😉 The workshop officially lasts about 1 hour, but count on a little more time because you will be welcomed by the team of the chocolate factory, to whom you will be able to ask questions: it quickly takes a little more time!

The workshop begins with a short film presenting the chocolate factory, which makes your mouth water and makes you want to eat chocolate! Good news, you will be allowed to eat one already… Just be patient to eat the 3 others which will be given to you on a small plate, you will have to wait a few more minutes to taste them 😉

Then we go to the stage of the tasting itself. Two wines are tasted, a white wine and a red wine, both coming from very good Alsatian domains, the Domaine Bott Frères of Ribeauvillé and the Domaine Fernand Engel of Rorschwihr (neighboring village). We learn the basics of tasting and above all, we make our own experience! We don’t all have the same feelings, there is no right or wrong answer, but it is interesting to focus on your feelings and share them with the other participants.

I found the tasting of the first wine, which is made with two very different chocolates, really impressive. One becomes fully aware of the influence of what one eats since, depending on the chocolate, the wine seems very fruity and quite sweet or more acidic and fresh… I won’t give you more details so you can make your own experience!

After this excellent moment, both greedy and rich in learning, we go to the chocolate factory where we are welcomed by the master chocolate maker, who presents the different stages of chocolate making from the cocoa bean to the bar. An opportunity to learn new things, but also to taste chocolate again!

We taste different pure origin chocolates, that is to say made with beans from the same country, without mixing. Here again, it is interesting to discover the variety of tastes of the chocolates we taste. Like wine, the taste of chocolate depends on its terroir, i.e. the composition of the soil in which the cocoa tree grows. Between a cocoa from Nicaragua, Togo or India, we have very different soils and therefore very different tastes!

I liked

  • Be surprised by the tastings
  • Workshop rich in learning
  • Opportunity to ask lots of questions

I liked a little less

  • Want to buy everything in the store 😛

My pictures from the workshop at Daniel Stoffel chocolate factory

Practical information

Day and time of the workshops

You will find here all the information about the different workshops with their dates and schedules. You can book online.

Access

By car

The Daniel Stoffel chocolate factory is located at the following address: Route de Guémar 68150 Ribeauvillé. You have to count:

  • 18km from Colmar (about 20 minutes)
  • 60km from Strasbourg (about 40 minutes)
  • 60km from Mulhouse (about 40 minutes)

Parking is easy in the chocolate factory’s large parking lot.

By public transport

You can calculate your route on Fluo Grand Est.

Visit the chocolate museums of Alsace

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It’s impossible to talk about indulgence without mentioning chocolate, isn’t it? In Alsace, you’ll find two museums dedicated to chocolate (click to read articles about each):

Visit artisanal distilleries

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And here again are some delicious products to be consumed in moderation, and whose secrets you can discover during a visit: strong spirits such as eaux-de-vie, liqueurs, but also gin, whisky, pastis… from Alsace, yes! Here you’ll find our ideas for visits to artisan distilleries in Alsace.

Visit of the Confiserie des Hautes Vosges

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Let’s go to the other side of the Vosges to Plainfaing, in Lorraine. This is where the Confiserie des Hautes Vosges is located, well known to all gourmands. They have been making candy by hand since 1986. Personally, I got to know them when I arrived in Alsace and I liked them right away: they have the tasty taste of the old-fashioned candies. Fir honey, raspberry, poppy, Vosges resin or Nancy bergamots and soft candies with mirabelle plum alcohol, everyone can find his happiness!

It is possible to visit the Confiserie des Hautes-Vosges every day (except Sunday), without reservation. I had heard great things about this tour and was not disappointed, it is fun and interesting for both children and adults. The confectioners show step by step how they make the sweets: cooking the sugar to which glucose syrup is added, then adding the natural flavors and colorings, working and cooling the dough and finally molding the sweets (then tasting them by the visitors!). My favorite part? The work of the candy dough, shiny and colorful: a great show!

After the visit comes the store: the only difficulty will be to avoid bringing the whole store with you… That said, you have to admit that these candies make great little gifts to take home! 😉

I liked

  • Attend each step of the candy making process
  • Artisanal candies made with natural flavors and colors
  • Free visit for the whole family

I liked less

  • The “Candy Museum” part, very small!

My photos of the visit of the Confiserie des Hautes Vosges

Practical information

Rates

The visit is free!

Schedules

Find here the visiting hours of the Confiserie des Hautes Vosges.

Access

By car

The address is: 44 Habaurupt, 88230 Plainfaing. You have to count:

  • 43 km from Colmar (about 45 minutes)
  • 87 km from Mulhouse (about 1h10)
  • 115 km from Strasbourg (about 1h35)
By public transport

This is not possible :-/

Map of gourmet tours in Alsace

Laurène

Laurène

Laurène est la créatrice du blog Mon week-end en Alsace. Bretonne installée en Alsace depuis 2014, elle est tombée amoureuse de sa région d'adoption au point de lui dédier un blog et d'acheter avec son mari une maison alsacienne dans un village du Kochersberg, près de Strasbourg. A pied, à vélo, sur ses chevaux ou au volant de sa voiture, elle aime partir explorer les moindres recoins de l'Alsace pour dénicher de bonnes adresses à partager sur le blog.

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