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The Alsace region consists of two departments:
67 Bas Rhin with Strasbourg as its main city and is also the regional capital.
68 Haut Rhin - main city Colmar.
The Alsace region is located in the far north-east corner of France, borders with Germany and is one of the country's smallest regions. This region of France has been annexed twice by the Germans, first from 1870 to 1918 and then again from 1940 to 1944. Much of the architecture, cuisine, dress and dialect is Germanic in style but people here regard themselves as French, but foremost as Alsatians. As a result the use of their regional language has remained strong although rarely written.
The countryside is a mix of dense forests, rich farmland, vineyards, fortified towns and villages of half-timbered houses. Many of these villages can be found on the Route de Vin which undulates for 112km along the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. In the summer months a wine festival is held every weekend in a different town and is a good time to visit for those who enjoy Alsatian wines such as Riesling and Muscat.
The region has other excellent wines including Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Reisling, Muscat d’Alsace, Tokay Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir. There is a renowned traditional cuisine with specialties which include sauerkraut, hotpot of pork and cabbage, bäckeoffe, flamenkuche. The regional Cheeses to enjoy here include Munster, main ingredient of the Munster cheese tart and Bargkass.
Popular activities in these regions include cross-country skiing in winter, and hiking, horse riding and mountain-biking in summer.
Getting to Alsace
Strasbourg, the capital of the region, is about 2 hours and 20 minutes from Paris on the high-speed TGV train.
Regional flights lasting about an hour are available from larger French cities including Paris, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, and many others to Strasbourg International Airport and the Basel Mulhouse Frieburg Airport.
Lyon to Strasbourg is 480 km (about 4 hours)
Brest to Strasbourg is 1,070 km (11 hours)
Marseille to Strasbourg is 820 km (8 hours)
Lille to Strasbourg is 520 km (5 hours)
Paris to Strasbourg is 500 km (5 hours)
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Useful information about Alsace, RGTS Europe ltd operates a weekly small removal and light haulage service to Colmar and Strasbourg.