This village on the Wine Trail listed among the most beautiful of France is built with streets arranged in concentric circles all around its castle. It's pleasant to wander around the narrow paved streets full of beautiful old half-timbered houses with geranium-bedecked wooden windows and balconies. The central square is also magnificent with its fountain, the Eguisheim castle and the colourful Saint-Léon-IX chapel. In the surroundings of Eguisheim, The the Eguisheim Keeps, the Hohlandsbourg castle and the Pflixbourg keeps.
In August, the village comes alive with its stork festival and wine growers festival.
Already a member of the club of "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, this wine village deploys the 339 hectares of its land 5 km from Colmar and close to Strasbourg, Freiburg and Basel, European capitals. hometown of Pope St. Leo IX, Eguisheim enjoys a worldwide reputation.
National grand prize of flowering since 1989, ranked One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France in 2003, gold medal of the European competition of the Entente Florale in 2006... This cradle of the Alsatian vineyards, wrapped in concentric circles and multicolored around his castle, no longer his titles of nobility.
Eguisheim, cradle of the Alsatian vineyards: It's the fourth century that the Romans planted the first vines in Eguisheim in Alsace. Since that distant time, generations of passionate winemakers are associate their centuries of experience in the tradition and the high quality of their wines. Their Sylvaner, their pinot blanc, muscat them, 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 the exceptional wines, world famous.
Eguisheim, historic city: In the year 720, Count Eberhard, Duke of Alsace and nephew of St. Odile, built his castle which still occupies the center of town and it is in this lineage was born in 1002 in this same Castle one of the noblest son of Alsace, this reformer Pope St. Leo IX, promoter of the god of truce, whose memory is kept piously here. Nevermind wars, devastation which this town was the victim and the challenge over time. The presence on the hill, near a stone's throw from the ruins of the three castles of Eguisheim say enough what could be, in these harsh times, the lives of peasant growers suddenly leaving the plow or the gouge to take shelter in their enclosure. Once past the era of boiling pitch and molten lead, the village was fortified and this is what gives it its original appearance: concentric streets around the castle, the facades of three layers arranged in exterior and deadly periods. This does not prevent Eguishiens caring lovingly planted a land of vineyards and fruit trees. For the virtues inherent in this region are summed up entirely in the humanism of the vine and wine.
Things to see and do
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.
Each year, many celebrations and festivals are held:
The feast of Vignerons d'Eguisheim is the oldest wine festival in Alsace. This is the last weekend of August that Eguisiens find friends and twinned towns and villages around the world celebrate, for some, more than 30 years of friendship. For two days, courses and wineries are open to all for tasting varieties of Eguisheim and Alsatian specialties. Orchestras Alsatian folklore, jazz and French varieties are dancing young and old to the end of the night. Sunday, up to the family with a big traditional procession and entertainment for children. A celebration of wine, food and friendship that brings together more than 20 000 people each year.
In September, the Musical Flavours festival combines wine and good music in the prestigious setting of the church of Saints Peter and Paul with its Romanesque bell tower of the thirteenth century.
In December, the Christmas market Eguisheim is a more traditional Alsace. During this period the activities are numerous and magic invades the village sparkles with a thousand lights.
Visits, leisure and activities nearby
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.