Kaysersberg, One Of The Most Beautiful Villages In France

Kaysersberg, has been designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France”. The timeless charm of this small Alsatian village of cobbled streets, half-timbered buildings and remnants of a medieval castle perched on the hillside should not be missed when traveling the  Route du Vin, the most famous wine route in France.

Kaysersberg

Kaysersberg, One Of The Most Beautiful Villages In France

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Kaysersberg is located in the Alsace region of France, the extreme eastern part of the country that lies at the foot of the Vosges mountains, bordering both Germany and Switzerland and is one of the loveliest and picturesque regions of France.

Known for its Route du Vin, the most famous wine route in France, it is a marked series of roads that meander through picture postcard little wine villages filled with colorful half-timbered buildings and castles perched on their hilltops. The route is just over 100 miles long, starting just west of Strasbourg, with the Rhine river that borders Germany to the east and the Vosges mountains to the west, then heads south towards Colmar and beyond to Mulhouse.

Besides Kaysersberg, there are other must see villages in the area that have also been designated as “most beautiful villages of France”…Eguisheim, Hunawihr and Riquewihr. These fairytale villages and nearby Ribeauvillé, with its three castles and the town of Colmar with its “Petite Venise” old quarter should not be missed. Exploring the Alsace makes you feel like you have been magically whisked into a children’s storybook. Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé are said to be the inspiration of Belle’s hometown in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Fall is the perfect time to visit the quaint medieval village of Kaysersberg. The summer crowds have gone, grapes are being harvested in the surrounding vineyards and wine festivals are underway. It is a pleasure to stroll the narrow cobbled streets lined with wine cellars offering tastings of riesling, sylvaner, gewürztraminer and pinot noir. Small shops with ironwork signs hanging above their doors sell delicious cakes and pastries that will beckon you in to try their sweet delicacies.

The village is also home to the hotel Le Chambard, near the entrance to the village. You can’t miss the most colorful building in the village adorned with beautiful flower boxes overflowing with geraniums along the windows of its facade. Le Chambard definitely adds a certain French flair to the village. A member of Relais & Châteaux, the small 5-star boutique hotel has been nicely converted from a pretty 18th century mansion.  With spacious contemporary rooms, excellent food that should please most any traveler and views of the Château de Kaysersberg ruins just a short walk up the hill, the hotel makes a nice base for exploring the famous wine road that lies both north and south of the hotel.

Le Chambard’s rooms and suites are all very unique in their decor and offer all the amenities you need for your stay. The hotel also has a small spa with a sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi and pool where you can relax after a day exploring the famous Alsatian wine road.

If you are a “foodie”, like myself, the hotel is worth seeking out as its restaurant, La Table d’Olivier Nasti, has been awarded 2 Michelin stars. The hotel also has a bistro called La Winstub du Chambard  rated by Michelin as a Bib gourmand, that serves excellent local specialties and wine. Unfortunately the gourmet restaurant was closed during our two day stay but we did enjoy the Winstub. Across from the hotel, Chef Nasti also has a restaurant called Flamme & Co where you can enjoy Alsatian flamekueche, also called tarte flambé. It is essentially a thin, light and crispy pizza covered with fromage blanc or cream fraiche, lardons (bacon) and onions that is baked in a wood oven.

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If you have been following Back Road Journal over the years, you may remember that the header photo for my blog was taken in this picturesque region of France years before. Whenever my husband and I are in this part of Europe, we always make plans to visit the Alsace. It is one of our favorite travel destinations where we know we can eat well and enjoy good wine. Even if we are staying in the Black Forest of Germany,  we often make a day trip and cross over the Rhine into France just to enjoy lunch in one of the traditional Alsatian winstubs that serve authentic regional dishes such as choucroute garni, flamekueche or tarte a l’oignon.

It had been too long since we stayed in this lovely region and I’m so glad that we returned for a few days to enjoy the delightful Alsace and the wonderful Route du Vin. I do hope that if you travel to France that you plan to spend a few days to discover this picturesque region where good food and wine are so very much appreciated.

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74 Responses to Kaysersberg, One Of The Most Beautiful Villages In France

  1. Such a beautiful area and so different to other parts of France. I do love route du vins! In Normandy we followed a route du cidre! Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kay, It really surprises me that more travelers don’t visit the Alsace and it its Route du Vin…it is so charming. Thank you for your wish, we are having a wonderful time and the weather has been especially nice.

  2. Kaysersberg was one of the most beautiful and favorite places I visited when I lived a summer in Heidelberg. It is wonderful to see that it remains as picture perfect as I remember! Thanks for bringing back so many wonderful memories, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi David, I’m happy to know that my post brought back nice memories of your time spent in Kaysersberg. We have been visiting this region for years and the only thing that really has changed is the number of tourists in some of the villages. Some are crowded yet some you can walk down the center of the streets taking photos with no people in sight. 😊

  3. Darlene says:

    Such a lovely spot. My hubby loves plum kuchen and that tart looks perfect!

  4. I’m glad you’ve had a chance to revisit this fairytale land again and enjoy its distinctive food and wine , like we did in July. We intend to spend some time in Colmar next time we’re in the region. And isn’t Gewurztraminer one of the most delicious wines ever!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Fatima, We hadn’t been in this region except for lunch for a long time and we really did enjoy it as you have. We had every intention of going to Colmar, it was only 15 minutes from Kaysersberg but instead stopped in most of the towns along the Route du Vin. Another reason to go back as you will be doing. Yes, gerwurztraminer is a delicious wine.

  5. Mad Dog says:

    I can see that you have an arduous task ahead of you on la Route du Vin, especially staying in those 5 star boutique hotels. Bon courage!

    • Karen says:

      I know what you mean Mad Dog, one must live, eat and drink well so that the experiences can be shared with our readers. I think I’m doing well so far…what do you think? 😉

  6. Sunnycovechef says:

    We stayed at the hotel Le Chambard and ate at their restaurant. I just love that area. If you are still in Alsace try to have lunch at the Auberge de I’ll in Illhausen. It’s my favorite restaurant in that area. Have the hotel make the reservation.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gerlinde, I’m glad you had the opportunity to stay and eat at Le Chambard. We were in Kaysersberg for only two nights…Monday and Tuesday when most famous French restaurants are closed. The Winstub did not disappoint with the traditional meal we enjoyed there.

  7. This village certainly does look beautiful and your photos do it justice.

  8. So gorgeous! Can’t wait to visit there sometime.
    Cheers,
    Carolyn

  9. It looks like you are having a marvelous trip. Wonderful photos. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Judy, we are having a terrific trip and so far the weather has been wonderful. I appreciate your wish and compliment, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

  10. So glad you take us with you on your voyages. The best part about your write up’s is that when we plan a holiday, we consult your old posts for ideas and places to stay or not stay. Keep them coming.

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your very kind words Bobbi, that is very nice of you. I do try to share my thoughts and photos of what I think others might enjoy. If something makes it to one of my posts, you know that my husband and I both agree that it shouldn’t be missed if at all possible.

  11. kitchenriffs says:

    So pretty! And so nice that you can revisit such a beautiful part of the world. Enjoying following along on your trip — thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John for following along, I’m glad you are enjoying this year’s travels. This year’s trip was originally going to be a continuation of the cruise we took last year but had to be cancelled. Instead, we decided to return to some of our very favorite travel destinations and so far it has been lovely.

  12. Wow. Looks very pretty indeed!

  13. So picturesque, Karen. Thanks for the vicarious visit here.

  14. Oh my goodness — it is like an old travel postcard!

  15. So very beautiful! I wish I were there too…thanks for sharing, Karen.

  16. Embarrassed to say that as a Frenchie. I have never been to Kayserberg. Even stranger as it is the Route du Vin and this Frenchie does like her grapes! #CULTUREDKIDS

    • Karen says:

      Oh dear Scarlett, you’ve never visited Kaysersberg and enjoyed the other lovely towns along the Route du Vin. You should try and make amends before too many French learn you’ve not been to this wonderful region. 😊

  17. Your photos make clear how much this portion of France is also heavily influenced by Germany and Switzerland.

  18. NativeNM says:

    This is absolutely one of my favorite places that you’ve shared thus far. What a charming village! And the countryside is so beautiful. I can imagine it would feel like stepping into a storybook.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jan, I’m glad you enjoyed the post about Alsace and the village of Kaysersberg. When you visit, it really is like stepping into a storybook. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  19. Oh Karen, it looks like something you’d see in a Walt Disney movie! How very charming. I should think this would be a must on anyone’s French tour!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeanie, Disney did indeed take note of this charming area…it influenced their animated version of Beauty and the Beast. I agree with you, everyone going to France should spend some time in the Alsace region…they certainly wouldn’t be disappointed if they did.

  20. This looks like a fairytale. The details in everything are so spectacular. The food not only looks delicious but how it is plated is phenomenal. 💗 What a dream to spend a week there.

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad you agree with me that Alsace and Kaysersberg does look like a fairytale. You would get so much inspiration for your creative endeavors if you visited. I’m happy you enjoyed the post Lisa.

  21. We just returned from a Rhine river cruise—our first time in the Alsace region which happens to be where my dad’s side of the family originated! So beautiful….hope to get back one day to explore some more.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz, I bet you had a wonderful time on your Rhine cruise…we have friends who are on one now as well. I do hope you get a chance to visit the Alsace again as there is so much that you would really enjoy seeing on your own.

  22. Amy says:

    That is a beautiful and colorful place to visit. Thank you for sharing, Karen.
    Food looks delicious! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I’m always happy to share our travel experiences Amy, thank you for your nice compliment. The Alsace region really is a special and charming place to visit.

  23. chef mimi says:

    Oh my god!!! I need to go here. I’ve been to old Colmar, and Ribeauville, but I can’t get enough! All of France is gorgeous, but those timbered buildings in Alsace are just too beautiful.

  24. So charming, it all looks like a fairy tale!
    Jenna

    • Karen says:

      Doesn’t it look like something out of a fairy tale Jenna…it is so very charming. I know you would get so much inspiration for your painting if you had the chance to visit.

  25. lulu says:

    Obviously, there are places in France I’ve never been or heard of so thanks for introducing them. If there’s anything good to eat, I know you found it.

    • Karen says:

      You know me so well Linda, yes…if there is good food you know I will find it. 😉 France has so many lovely regions to explore and the Alsace is very charming. I’m happy you enjoyed the post and knowing the two of you, I bet you will visit this lovely region in the future.

  26. Debra says:

    I think I would feel like I was dropped into a fairy tale! And I love the way you find the hotels with the best spa services. 🙂

  27. Juliana says:

    Oh Karen…so pretty…looks like a fairy tail town…absolutely enjoy the pictures…thank you so much!

  28. Majestic architecture and great food. What a trip!

  29. ladyfi says:

    Wow – it really is delightful!

  30. restlessjo says:

    Now I understand the weight gain! 🙂 🙂 Back to the gym soon! But it does indeed look like a fairytale so it will be worth it, Karen.

  31. For the Love of Cooking says:

    Another beautiful adventure!

  32. Eva Taylor says:

    What an idyllic village. The food looks incredible too. We are thinking about another holiday in the south of Spain in the near future possibly a long weekend in Istanbul.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, Kaysersberg is a lovely little village…especially nice in the mornings or evenings in this delightful weather. It is perfect for sitting outside with a glass of wine and a bite to eat. It sounds like you will be having a nice holiday ahead of you in the future.

  33. Conor Bofin says:

    Lovely photos and words Karen. It’s a part of France I have yet to visit. This inspires.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words Conor, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. Do try to get to this region of France…you know that they have a wonderful bike route that is quite popular with cyclists. So popular, you might remember the Tour de France did one of the stages here this year. 😊

  34. You take the most amazing trips! Next time I’d like to be a stowaway in your suitcase!

  35. Karen says:

    Thank you for your nice compliment Abbe, It is always nice having you following along on our trips. This has been an especially nice one as we are returning to some of our favorite places.

  36. It sure does look like a beautiful place .. I’m a foodie too, and these food pics look yummy..

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Julie, Being a true foodie and enjoying beautiful places like you do, I know you would love visiting the Alsace and Kaysersberg in particular.

  38. Sartenada says:

    Wow. I did not have any idea about this villages. I think that if we will again someday make a road trip, then I have to add to list. Thank you.

    Happy and safe travels!

  39. Such a picturesque area! I love the architecture, lovely colors and the food looks amazing!

  40. Carolyn Jung says:

    This place looks like a fairy-tale book come to life. What a charming town to wander around in for hours on end.

  41. alicegraceelizabeth says:

    Wow this place is like a dream… definitely one to add to my travel list whilst I’m studying abroad in France this year 😊

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