31 Mag Must visited spots for photography in the region of Alsace, France
by Theodoros Zampetoglou from France
Some general info
Alsace is a cultural and historical region in eastern France now located in the administrative region of Grand Est. Alsace is located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland. From 1982 until January 2016, Alsace was the smallest of 22 administrative regions in metropolitan France, consisting of the Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin departments. Territorial reform passed by the French legislature in 2014 resulted in the merger of the Alsace administrative region with Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine to form Grand Est. The predominant historical language of Alsace is Alsatian, a Germanic (mainly Alemannic) dialect also spoken across the Rhine, but today most Alsatians primarily speak French, the official language of France. The political status of Alsace has been heavily influenced by historical decisions, wars, and strategic politics. The economic and cultural capital as well as largest city of Alsace is Strasbourg. The city is the seat of several international organizations and bodies. Wikipedia
Alsace, Strasbourg by Theodoros Zampetoglou
Strasbourg, the European capital
The European capital and capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is a young and dynamic city. It will definitely surprise you for its lively side, making it a hotbed of culture including museums, theatres, operas, concert halls and festivals. Everything is so close at hand here! Whether you love fine restaurants, monuments or entertainment, there’s no doubt that you’ll soon fall in love with this captivating city! The more curious among you can explore Strasbourg’s different districts on foot or by bicycle, each of which has its own distinct identity intimately related to its history and its occupants. The city centre is home to the main sites and monuments which make Strasbourg so famous, including the Cathedral, the Maison Kammerzell, Petite France or the Ponts Couverts.
Alsace, Strasbourg cathedrale by Theodoros Zampetoglou
The cathedral of Notre-Dame
Strasbourg Cathedral (1015-1439) is an absolute masterpiece of Gothic art. The 142m high spire looks incredibly lightweight and made the Cathedral the highest edifice in all Christianity until the 19th century. Three high-spots make the visit unforgettable. Outside, the facade is the greatest “book” of images the middle Ages has to offer. Hundreds of sculptures stand out from the wall accentuating the effects of shadow and light. Inside, the long aisle inspires peace and reflection. The 12th- to 14th-century stained-glass windows and the rose window are not to be missed. The monumental organ has a remarkable cabinet decorated with automated figures. The astronomical clock built in the Renaissance period and mechanism dating back to 1842 is a masterpiece in itself, where the procession of apostles can be admired every day at 12:30 p.m.
Alsace, Strasbourg Baton by Theodoros Zampetoglou
Batorama, boat tour
BATORAMA, Strasbourg’s boat trip provider, offers 70-minute city tours all year round. You can glide gently past the must-see attractions of the Alsatian capital, in particular the famous Petite France and tanners’ quarter, the Covered Bridges and the Vauban dam, the Neustadt imperial quarter, and the European institutions.
Alsace, Colmar city centre by Theodoros Zampetoglou
Colmar the Alsatian wine capital
Colmar is a town with many attractions and an undeniable charm all its own including half-timbered houses, canals and the flower-decked town center, etc. It offers all the intimacy of a medium-sized town and a remarkably diverse range of heritage sites! Come along and discover all the charm of the historical town center with its famous “Petite Venice” or the Unterlinden Museum for culture lovers. A town definitely worth visiting for anyone keen to discover the gentle Alsatian lifestyle!
Alsace, the fishmonger’s district by Theodoros Zampetoglou
The fishmonger’s district
the fishmonger’s district is the place where most of the professional fishermen and boatmen of Colmar lived. They were in a powerful corporation. The caught fishes were stored in fish ponds or sold in the fishmonger’s district. In 1706 a huge fire destroyed more than forty houses in the district. From 1978 to 1981, important renovation works made it possible to restore many half-timbered houses in this district which is between the Tanneurs district and the picturesque little Venice.
Alsace, little Venice by Theodoros Zampetoglou
The « little Venice »
The « little Venice » is the name given to the course of the Lauch in Colmar. This name probably came from the original line of the houses on both sides of the river, which serves the southeast of the city. This district starts behind the Koïfhus, goes through the fishmonger’s district and to the bridges Turenne and Saint-Pierre. It is therefore at the beginning of the Krutenau, whose etymology refers to places of market gardening on the outskirts of the towns. Originally inhabited by a rural community of wine-producers, market gardeners and boatmen, the Krutenau stretches out around the Turenne Street that the marshal took in 1674 for his triumphant entry in the city. Boat rides are possible there.
Alsace, Kaysersberg by Theodoros Zampetoglou
Birth place of Dr Albert Schweitzer, winner of the Nobel peace prize, Kayserberg, a small medieval town has prospered harmoniously. The city of Kaysersberg is included to the region Alsace, to the department Haut-Rhin, to the borough Ribeauvillé and to the canton Kaysersberg. Two major events in the town, the Easter market, every year two weeks before Easterand the Christmas market with a thematic exhibition every year during the 4 weekends before Christmas. There are musical and cultural events throughout the year.
Which will be your favorite among our three towns? Strasbourg is an architectural masterpiece. Colmar is a delight to anyone who enjoys heritage and good living. Kayserberg, a small medieval town. Whether cosmopolitan, culinary or arty, choose your favorite Alsatian town!