What to do in Riquewihr My tips and good addresses

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Impossible to miss the visit of Riquewihr when visiting Alsace! This adorable village on the Alsace Wine Route is a must-see, and is one of the most visited villages in Alsace and one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France". Rightly so, because it must be said that Riquewihr, nicknamed "The Pearl of the Vineyard", is a very beautiful place. We can reproach it for its too touristy stores and the crowd that invades it regularly, but I sincerely think that a visit of Riquewihr is really worth it, it's just beautiful!

LaurĂšne
LaurĂšne
LaurĂšne 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!

How long to visit Riquewihr?

Riquewihr is a small village but there are many things to see! I advise you to spend between a few hours and half a day there. If you want to take the time to walk around Riquewihr (which I would advise you to do, the Route des Vins is superb!), count more time. You can easily combine your visit with that of Colmar, RibeauvillĂ©, Kaysersberg and Eguisheim. Well, don’t do it all in one day because you won’t enjoy it! But over two days, it’s feasible.

1. Visit the historic center of Riquewihr

Riquewihr is an ancient fortified town nestled in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards. Inside the walls is the pedestrian center, where it is very pleasant to stroll. There is no risk of getting lost: there is a main street ( General de Gaulle street), from which other perpendicular streets start. You should not hesitate to go for a walk.

At the bend of the paved streets, you will find beautiful half-timbered houses with colors and flowers and very beautiful architectural details. If you were dreaming of seeing a pretty Alsatian village, here you are! Half-timbered houses, ramparts, entrance doors, paved streets… Riquewihr is probably what you dreamed of seeing in Alsace.

A Discovery tour of Riquewihr proposed by the Tourist Office will allow you to discover the rich historical heritage of the city, by discovering the different architectural and historical periods of the city. Among the remarkable buildings of the city center,, you can find the neo-classical City Hall dating from 1809, the former castle of the counts of MontbĂ©liard-Wurtemberg dating from the 16th century, the Thieves’ Tower (former dungeons of the city), the highest half-timbered house in Alsace (at number 14 of the rue du GĂ©nĂ©ral de Gaulle), the former Berkheim hotel (at number 37 of the street).

2. Admire the Dolder tower

The Dolder is the emblematic tower of Riquewihr. Built in the 13th century, it was used as a belfry, a defensive tower and a gateway to the city. Today, the Dolder houses a museum that shows the functioning of a rural fortified town and its evolution from the 13th to the 17th century, with its passive and active defense means as well as the occupants of the tower and their function. From the 4th floor of the museum, you can also enjoy a beautiful view of the roofs of Riquewihr.

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3. Taste Riquewihr’s green sauerkraut

As for gastronomy, don’t miss the Riquewihrienne, the green sauerkraut of Riquewihr. It is a specialty of sauerkraut with grass cream that you can only find here (in 5 restaurants only!). A delight! I can recommend the restaurant Le Dolder.

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4. Tasting Alsace wine in a cellar

As Riquewihr is located on the Alsace Wine Route, it would be a shame not to take advantage of the opportunity to visit a winemaker and taste some Alsace wine! I can recommend Domaine AgapĂ© where you’ll be warmly welcomed by a wine enthusiast. Here are also my good addresses ofother Alsatian domains.

5. Buy Christmas decorations

If you like Christmas decorations, here is a must-see store that is open all year round: FĂ©erie de NoĂ«l (KĂ€the Wohlfahrt), where you will be truly immersed in the magic of Christmas all year round. Chances are you’ll leave with lots of beautiful things to decorate the tree…

6. Riding an electric scooter through the vineyards around Riquewihr

Here’s an unusual activity in Riquewihr: an electric scooter ride with Riq’Ecotours! Vincent tried it out and loved it.

7. Enjoy a locally brewed beer

In Riquewihr you can find the Brasserie du Vignoble (BRA’V for the intimates 😉 ). You can go there to buy the delicious craft beers brewed on site, but also visit the brewery by appointment and, in the nice season, enjoy the biergarten to taste a beer on site. Nice program, right?

8. Visit the Riquewihr area

Riquewihr is nestled in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards: there is no shortage of walks and you will be spoilt for choice! Take a walk along the Grands Crus wine trail or visit the remains of the Bilstein or Reichenstein castles.

My good addresses in Riquewihr

Where to sleep in Riquewihr?

Here’s my selection of the best hotels: the best hotels in Riquewihr. If you’re looking for a B&B, I can recommend the beautiful GĂźtes des Remparts .

Restaurants in Riquewihr: where to eat?

Here are three restaurant addresses in Riquewihr that I like:

  • Walk around the lovely pedestrian center
  • Very beautiful half-timbered houses
  • Location in the heart of the vineyard
  • Stores often very touristy
  • It can be quite crowded in season