May 7, 2018. We call this one Belle’s Village from Beauty and the Beast. It is absolutely the cutest town in the world. It looks fake it’s so perfect. “Little town, little people, waking up to say..Bounjour!”It was a 3.5 hour drive from Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland to Eguisheim, France.
Notice how Mila still has on her long sleeves and tights from the Swiss Alps, and Eloise changed into her tank dress. She hates pants and long sleeves so girlfriend was ready to get out of those. It was a prefect temperature everywhere we visited. I was never hot or cold, just perfect, which was pretty amazing considering all of the different altitudes we went through.
You will never guess who the town’s mascot is……Storks! If you just look up on top of all of the buildings are big nests that are home to the Storks of Eguisheim. It really couldn’t get cuter if it tried. It was so funny how we found out. We kept seeing all this stuffed storks at the souvenir shops and asked why. Yep, it’s because they are famous.
Eguisheim is a medieval village in France’s Alsace wine region. The narrow, concentric streets of its old town are lined with many preserved half-timbered houses.
This village is on the Alsace Wine Trail listed among the most beautiful of France is built with streets arranged in concentric circles all around its castle. 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.
We picked out our favorite house that we want to live in someday. Eloise chose the pink house!
We ate at Kas’Fratz, one of the little restaurants in Eguisheim. I’m not a huge fan of French entrees, but I LOVE French desserts. Creme Brûlée is one of my favorites! Eloise thought it was pretty cool that our dessert was on fire.
Route du Vin Eguisheim France has over 800 acres (339 hectares) of vineyards and is known for being the birthplace of the Alsace industry of viticulture. Its micro-climate is perfect for wine-growing.
Pope Léon IX was said to have been born in this region. A stature honoring the Pope can be found in the village’s main square- Place du Château. The fountain beneath the statue was built between 1834 and 1836, and is the largest of four in Alsace.
Here are some videos of Eguisheim. I really wish I would have taken more videos, but I kinda forgot since I was just in awe of these places.
Eguisheim is just one of many little villages IN the Alsace region.
Alsace wine or Alsatian wine is produced in the Alsace region in France and is primarily white wine. Because of its Germanic influence, it is the only Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée region in France to produce mostly varietal wines, typically from similar grape varieties to those used in German wine.
The Alsace region is is a cultural and historical region in eastern France, on the west bank of the upper Rhine. There are so many cute little towns along the wine route which include Colmar, Riquewihr, Obernai, Ribeauvillé, Selestat, Muster, Dambach-la-Ville, Bas-Rhin, Guebwiller, Mittelbergheim, and of course Eguisheim. The Black Forest hills with castles on top and the rolling vineyards are the perfect backdrop for these tiny villages. I would love to go back and visit this area for a longer trip with my husband someday.