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Gastronomy

After a good day out in the fresh air, you can sit back and savour the tasty traditional snacks and renowned specialities concocted from local produce rich in character and age-old traditions…

From countryside inns to star-studded restaurants, the myriad establishments of every shape and size will welcome you for succulent, simple fare or fine dining.
On the menu: sauerkraut, cooked porkmeats, ham, wood-smoked salted meats or flavoured with silver fir from the Vosges, pies, quiches, Bäckeoffe stew, truite au bleu or trout cooked in Riesling, Flammekueche and a mouth-watering cheese platter. Not to mention the unmissable Alsatian Munster cheese, called “géromé” in Lorraine, invented by monks in the 7th century. The best way to sample it is in a farmhouse inn at a traditional mountain meal with farmhouse soup, and bacon-flavoured potatoes baked in the embers of the fire. Simply unforgettable!

Alsacian Gastronomy
Alsacian Gastronomy
Traditional Alsacien dish
Traditional Alsacien dish
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A whirligig of wines

Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Muscat, and Gewurztraminer, Grains Nobles  and Vendanges Tardives… Vineyards abound on the hill slopes of the Vosges. Seven distinctive types of vine are cultivated here, each typified by its own special character and identity, earning Alsace wines their worldwide reputation. Beautifully subtle flavours to taste in moderation, but with great relish, in the genial company of the wine-growing experts themselves.

Liqueurs, eau-de-vie and beer

Local distillers harvest their own crops which they artfully transform into eau-de-vie flavoured with mirabelle, prunelle, elderberry or rowanberry, liqueurs, creams and aperitif wines concocted from fruit and plants. It’s been a living tradition since the Middle Ages – in fact, more than half of all French beer is made here. The brewers’ craft is further improved by the pure water of the Vosges and the locally grown barley and hops, giving an extraordinary diversity of excellent beer. Not to be missed – the delicious heritage of the breweries and microbreweries.

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Alsacian Wines
Alsacian Wines
Brandy plum
Brandy plum

Health-giving mineral waters

Contrexéville, Vittel, Wattwiller, Lisbeth (Soultzmatt), Carola (Ribeauvillé), Celtic (Niederbronn-les-Bains), etc.
Many pure springs flow from the Vosges Mountains – some already discovered in Roman times. Their exceptionally well-balanced mineral content and absolute purity are natural allies for your well-being.

St Nicholas’ Day and the Christmas markets

During Advent and Christmas, magic is in the air. The Mountains light up to bring the legend of St. Nicholas back to life. The local foie gras has been a favourite guest at every festive occasion since the 18th century, and can be savoured sliced from a loaf or in a terrine, fresh, chilled or pan-fried. Seasonal produce is easy to find at the glittering Christmas markets, such as an infinite variety of Bredle (biscuits), Lebkueche, spice bread and Bettelmann (a sort of dried fruit cake), man-shaped Männele and Stoll cake in the shape of a clergyman’s hat.

Christmas markets in Alsace
Christmas markets in Alsace

A symphony of sweet delights

If you have a sweet tooth, a vast range of subtle delights will tempt you starting with bilberry, rhubarb and plum tarts. The famous Vosges sweets are cooked in copper cauldrons on a naked flame and flavoured with bergamot, violet, poppy and eucalyptus. Apple strudel and Streusselkueche spiced with cinnamon, uniquely shaped Kougelhopf cake – a real symbol of Alsace. Belflore, a marvellous layer of raspberries topped by almond meringue.

Vosgian Sweets
Vosgian Sweets
Alsacian Kougelhopf
Alsacian Kougelhopf