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The Valley of Kaysersberg in Alsace, between vineyards and mountains

Kaysersberg Valley in Alsace

Located west of Colmar, the Kaysersberg valley is one of the most distinctive places in Alsace, full of vineyards and picturesque villages such as Ammerschwihr, Kientzheim, Kaysersberg, Katzenthal or Sigolsheim ...

In summer, hikers and mountain bikers rush to this valley from where the groves of chestnuts slowly descend to the bottom of the mountain and the forests and the soft lines of mountain grass offer a sumptuous bucolic landscape. Further down the valley is a succession of hamlets around Orbey, Labaroche, Fréland, Lapoutroie and Le Bonhomme, between 1300 and 2900 feet (400 to 900 meters) above sea level. It is this amazing alchemy of these two terroirs that gives these places their personality and unique atmosphere with these small medieval-looking suburbs, all located in the heart of the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park.

Once the snow arrives, the valley becomes a popular place for winter sports thanks to the Lac Blanc ski resort. Skiers of all levels enjoy 14 km (9 miles) of ski runs to progress freely! On the north side, there are 67 km (41 miles) of groomed cross-country ski trails and beautiful snowshoe trails along the beautiful scenery, partly in the forest or on top of the Vosges mountains with superb panoramas .

But the magic of winter would not be complete in Alsace without the Christmas market! For many years, Kaysersberg has been the heart of a beautiful market with an authentic atmosphere. It includes: craftsmen offering handmade wooden toys and other objects, culinary specialities from the region, creative workshops and concerts during the four Sundays of Advent. And not to forget, a wonderful exhibition on a theme that changes every year!

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