Already a member club of the "most beautiful villages in France" since 2003 Eguisheim was voted "favorite French village in 2013."
Eguisheim is pressed gently rolling hills planted with vines. Located at an altitude of 210 meters, in the heart of Alsace, the wine village deploys 339 acres of his land 5 km from Colmar and near Strasbourg, Freiburg and Basel, European capitals. Birthplace of Pope St. Leo IX, Eguisheim enjoys a worldwide reputation.
Grand National prize bloom since 1989, ranked one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France in 2003, Gold Medal of the European Entente Florale competition in 2006 ... The cradle of the Alsatian vineyard, wound concentric colored circles around its castle, no longer his titles of nobility.
Eguisheim, cradle of the Alsatian vineyard:
This is the 4th century Roman Eguisheim planted the first vines in Alsace. Since those early days, generations of wine lovers will combine their experience in the secular tradition and high quality of their wines. Their Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc them, their muscat, their pinot gris, Gewurztraminer them, their Riesling and Pinot Noir wines are incomparable. Visit either of their centuries-old cellars and do not deprive yourself of the pleasure of tasting these exceptional wines, world-renowned.
Eguisheim, historic city:
In the year 720, Count Eberhard, Duke of Alsace and nephew of Sainte Odile, built his castle which still occupies the center of town and this is the line that was born in 1002, in the same castle one of the noblest son of Alsace, this reformer Pope St. Leo IX, the promoter of the truce of God, whose memory is piously preserved here. Nevermind wars, devastation that this town was the victim and issue during the period. The presence on the hill, near a stone's throw from the ruins of the three castles Eguisheim say enough what could be in these times of harshness of peasant life-growers suddenly leaving the plow or chisel to shelter in their enclosure. Once past the age of boiling pitch and molten lead, the town was fortified and this is what gives it its original aspect concentric streets around the castle, the facades of three layers, arranged in the exterior and arrow slits. This does not prevent Eguishiens to care lovingly planted a land of vineyards and fruit trees. For the virtues inherent in this region are summarized in the entire humanity of the vine and wine.
Discover Eguisheim through his story written in its old stones. Stop at the church that dates from the 12th century. The nave was demolished in 1803 was rebuilt in 1807, but the eardrum is still one of the ancient church, and it offers your meditation eternal mystical reality of Christ between St. Peter and St. Paul, the wise virgins and foolish virgins. This bell gable surmounted by a stork's nest is the one that drew Hansi whenever he composed a village in Alsace.
Enjoy this curious blend of architecture and civil military architecture, through its concentric lanes built on the old ramparts. Discover the five courses tithe, the old inn where Turenne slept the night before the Battle of Turckheim, the old sundial in the courtyard of Eschau, the old town hall built in 1364, the foster home of good people, c that is to say, the lepers, the headquarters of the corporation for gourmets, the Gothic fountain, the communal oven ... browsing through these narrow lanes, and pull them for you alone, their long sleep: this is the history of the town they restore your affection.
Discover also Eguisheim in the friendly warmth of his vault, and the wines of noble lineage, it is on the land that gave birth he must free the soul: they combine spiritual values the qualities of a genuine plant product grown in a high degree of perfection.
But also learn Eguisheim in its alleys that combine past and present, learn to know him even in the contemplation of his silence ...
You can book guided tours all year round for groups from the tourist office.
The Wine Trail and wines from Eguisheim: This trail is proposed to discover the wine and vineyard Eguisheim a more detailed and original. You will find the 7 Alsace wines with explanatory signs along the route. Others will present the work of wine growers. You will also discover the two Grand Cru Eichberg and Pfersigberg, geology and exposure, and a panorama Eguisheim, its vineyards and the Three Castles. From mid-June to mid-September there are guided tours for free by winemakers.
The Three Castles Top Eguisheim: Three towers, looming on the Schlossberg hill, dominating the Alsace plain to 591 meters. They were built in the 11th and 13th centuries. In the center, is the oldest castle Wahlenbourg. To the north, the castle Dagsbourg, south, the Weckmund. Thus this mass is an ideal place for walkers and hikers more sophisticated. The calm and well-being prevailing in the forest allowing visitors to discover the historic remains in a natural setting. Les Trois-Chateaux are free to access at any time and for free. However, the road is closed to the amount of 11 November to 15 March.
Every year, many celebrations and festivals take place:
The Fête des Vignerons Eguisheim of the oldest wine festival in Alsace. This is the last weekend of August Eguisiens found that cities and towns twinned friends and celebrating the world for some 30 years of friendship. For two days, courses and wineries are open for tasting all varieties of Eguisheim and Alsatian specialties. Alsatian folklore orchestras, jazz and French varieties are young and old dancing through the night. Sunday, the family room with a grand procession and folk entertainment for children. A celebration of wine, food and friendship that brings together more than 20,000 people each year.
In September, the Festival of Musical Taste combines wine and good music in the prestigious setting of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul with its Romanesque bell tower of the 13th century.
In December, the Christmas market is one of the most Eguisheim traditional Alsace. During this period, many animations and magic invades the village sparkles with a thousand lights.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
Discovering Husseren-les-Chateaux: Through his village, forest, vineyards. Visit with a guide, followed by a tasting of wines from Alsace. In July and August Monday at 16h. Check Town Hall Square. Participation is free.
Possibility to rent bikes Wintzenheim with delivery at the place of your choice.
Fishing Herrlisheim (sale of fishing permits at the bakery) and Wettolsheim.