Kientzheim is a village on the Alsace Wine Route, very close to Kaysersberg. Beware not to confuse this village with Kintzheim, located further north in Alsace. Today and since 2016, Kientzheim is part of the town of Kaysersberg-Vignoble.
Kientzheim is surrounded by listed walls, because it’s the only village in Alsace which has kept its walls whole. We don’t know much about the history of the village, but the arms of the town seem to have been created in the 15th century. They represent a bear, symbol of strength and nobility, as well as the animal who was haunting the Vosges forests several centuries ago. However, there was a mention of the village in the 8th century. From one owner to the next, the wine trade has forged the wealth of the village. The Thirty Years War and later on WWII wreaked havoc. Today, the village mainly lives of its vineyards.
Kientzheim is not necessarily very well-known, but it is worth a visit. The village is small, but very cute, with beautiful and colorful half-timbered houses, old fortified walls and the castle of Confrérie Saint-Etienne. It also has the museum of Alsatian vineyards and wines, located in a dependence of the castle. I did not visit the museum. Other monuments to discover in Kientzheim include the Church Notre-Dame-des-Douleurs, the Chapel Saint-Félix-et-Régule, the Porte Lalli, the Reichenstein Castle, the Ifs Castle and the old mills.
Located in the heart of the wine region, it is easy to go for a walk in the vineyards. There is a wine trail (Schlossberg wine trail), but it is badly marked and I would advise you not to follow it. However, do not hesitate to go for a stroll: you will not get lost in the vineyards, since you slowly go uphill. You will always see where Kientzheim is and in which direction to go! It is really worth it, because the views are stunning. You can see the vineyards, Kientzheim, the valley of Kaysersberg, the Alsace plain and even the Black Forest from afar. If you walk a little bit further, you will have beautiful views over Kaysersberg.
- Walking in the streets of Kientzheim
- Walking in the vineyards
- Admiring the views on the vineyard, the village and the Alsace plain
I liked a little less
- The bad markings for the Schlossberg wine trail
My pictures of Kientzheim
Kientzheim is located:
- 11 km from Colmar (about 20 minutes drive)
- 54 km from Mulhouse (about 45 minutes drive)
- 78 km from Strasbourg (about 1h drive)
It is easy to find free parking.
By public transport
Have a look at Vialsace to see how to get to Kientzheim by public transport.