Day 3: Strasbourg (Wine Routes: Rikvir - Colmar - Eguisheim)
Today we will dedicate it to an exceptional trek through the famous Wine Streets, between romantic towns of medieval architecture with a long reproductive tradition, respect for nature and lush vineyards with scattered wineries.
Our first stop will be the small town of Rikvir, built among large vineyards on the eastern slope of the Vosges. It retains part of its fortifications, cobbled streets and towers, old fountains, beautiful roofs of houses, wood carvings, a feast of colors on the walls, a variety of flowers on the windows.
We continue to Colmar, a city reminiscent of a painting. Wooden houses in pastel colors on canals and colorful flowers give a special atmosphere to perhaps the most beautiful city in Alsace. Its historic center is crossed by the Lauch tributary of the Ill, which flows into the Rhine. Do not forget to try a glass of the excellent white wine produced by the area in one of the many shops in Colmar, which is called and not unjustly the capital of wine.
We continue to Eguisheim, our last destination that has kept intact all of its traditional architecture. Built in concentric circles around the octagonal castle, it is surrounded by vineyards of two local varieties. The central square is not inferior in beauty with its fountain, the castle of the city, the outer wall and the chapel of the reformer Pope Leo IX who was born here. Other historical sights are the church of Peter and Paul, which combines Romanesque and Gothic architectural style, the two renaissance fountains of the city and the statue of John of Lorraine.
Return to Strasbourg late in the afternoon.