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The plain of the Rhine

The plain of the Rhine

68 km long, the Grand Ried, consists in meadows and forests and is a picture of which the colours change with the seasons thus creating a very harmonious picture. A large and varied fauna visible in the nature reserve of the Rhinau Island grows in these places. Discover the Kochersberg, the actual breadbasket of Alsace. Located between the Zorn Valley in the North and the Bruche Valley in the South, it is characterised by its beautiful valleys. In the villages, there are no monuments but the streets are lined with wayside crosses and benches, with steeples and fields as far as the eye can see. A long strip of land between the Rhine and the Vosges, the plain of the Ile and of the Rhine has many rivers.

The Grand Ried is also a land of memory of the war, with the memorial of the Maginot Line in Marckolsheim. Who has not heard of Neuf-Brisach, a fortified town listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and architectural masterpiece of Vauban? Another cultural Alsacian gem, the Sélestat Library whose collection of Beatus Rhenanus is listed on the UNESCO "Memory of the World" Register. On your way, another return to the basics: the Alsace Ecomuseum, a reconstitution of the old villages, immerses you into what the rural traditions of Alsace were like!

You enjoy walking in woods in particular? Between the Ill and the Rhine, dive into the second largest forest in Alsace, the Hardt forest.

Take a gourmet break in a local winstub serving the local gourmet speciality: the Ried matelote is a delicious dish of fish cooked in white wine. The Rhine Valley is an area where a range of outdoor activities is available: cycling, mountain biking, canoeing, sailing, etc.

 

The plain of the Rhine

Must-sees

Must-sees

Sélestat, ville d’art et de tradition

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Key moments

Key moments

Momix festival
International Festival for children.

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La gastronomie traditionnelle

La gastronomie traditionnelle

Asparagus Each spring, gourmets will enjoy the Alsace asparagus, a local speciality eaten in...

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Events

Events

Concert

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Accommodation ideas

Accommodation ideas

Furnished accomodation Domaine de Bancalis
Monique and Pascal welcome you in their manor house dating from the 18th Century.

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Ideas of stays

Ideas of stays

Hiking without luggage in the Kaysersberg Valley
During your walking tour, you will discover the hotel Alsatian hospitality in hotel and enjoy...

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