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Route du Vin

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Route du Vin

How much time would we reasonably need to see Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle and visit the towns of Ribeauville, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, and Equishem?

Would it be best to base ourselves in Colmar or Strasbourg?

And, where is the best place to rent a car and which agency for driving to these towns?


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1. Re: Route du Vin

Colmar is closer to the Route, but Strasbourg is definitely worth at least one day.

To see all of those (and by "see" I mean get out of the car and wander and actually experience them, not just check them off of a list) you could easily spend the better part of a week.

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Depends where you're coming from and how you are getting to the region. Strasbourg Airport has all the majors, Colmar station has Avis - ring beforehand or internet to book, don't just turn up - Strasbourg station used to have Hertz (same suggestion as for Avis at Comar) plus all the majors are in both cities.

It also depends when you are travelling. If it's summer with long days, base yourself if Colmar, spend a full day in Strasbourg travelling up by train.

A half day if you get moving early enough will be enough for you to do Haut-Konigsbourg Castle (suggest morning) then have lunch and an hour or two in Ribeauvillé ... not that much to see, IMHO, before heading back to Riquewihr.

Colmar merits at least a day.

Another morning could be spent in Eguisheim (2 or 3 hours), then driving up to Husseren, across the crest of the mountains by the ruined chateaux road to St Gilles, across to Turckheim for lunch, then driving up to Labaroche via Trois Epis - quick stop at the pilgrimage church - then down to Orbey and along to Hachimette and Kaysersberg for the remainder of the afternoon.

This is really 'in a nutshell' tourism and you are missing a great deal ... not even getting as far as Munster and the Vosges Mountains (route des Crêtes) or visiting a cheesemakers (Au grain de lait in Hachimette) or any wine growers .... too numerous to mention.

But it's better than nothing and answers your question.

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Thank you for your responses. I have allowed 2 full days for Equisheim, Kaysersberg, and Riquewihr, along with Haut Koenigsbourg and Strasbourg.

We are interested in exploring picturesque towns, wine, and vineyards. Any suggestions on our itinerary?

I had thought maybe Eguisheim, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr one day and the castle and Strasbourg another day. Am I leaving out any towns, and any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Also, what is the best way to visit the Vosage mountains. All in the planning stages right now, so very flexible.

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