With some friends, we decided to rent a little cabin in the Alsace region in France for a few days. We found the perfect one in Le Bonhomme, a small typical French village. Nature was all around us, perfect for some walking and beautiful pictures.
When you are in the Alsace region, a visit to Colmar is mandatory. We only spend a few hours here to have lunch and visit the market. This was still plenty of time to enjoy this colorful city. If you like this, don’t miss these other colorful towns in Europe.
Natzweiler-Struthof was a German-run concentration camp, the only one on French territory. It was a labor camp, transit camp, and in the end also an extermination camp. Outside the main camp, there was also a crematorium and a gas chamber.
Nowadays it is a museum in honor of all those that lost their lives here. You can visit every part and everything is documented very well. Such places always give me a sad feeling because it shows what people are capable of.
We did 2 hikes while we were there because when visiting the Alsace region you have a lot of possibilities to explore the region. The views are stunning and you can find hikes with a lot of variation. Oh, and the weather can be very wet 🙂
Learn more about liquer and buy some
In the surrounding neighbourhood, we visited the “musée des Eaux de vie“, a museum dedicated to liquers. You will find a number of attributes that were used to make this specialty drink as well as a huge collection of glasses. You end up in a little shop where you can buy different liquers (such as Poire william) and also absinth. And of course you can always taste before you buy because the owner is a very lovely person that loves to share everything he knows. Visiting this quirky museum is free.
See how candy is made
A short drive away we also visited a traditional candy making factory: Confiserie des Hautes Vosges. You will see how they make candy from scratch all manually. With some possibility to buy. Definitely try the violettes, that are my favorites.
Taste and buy some wine
The Alsace region is also known for its wine, especially pinot noir is a famous one. This red wine is best served cold, yes COLD!! This region is also noted for dry Riesling as well as Gewürztraminer wines. We went to Jean Geiler to buy “a few” bottles of those wines.
If you are visiting France, a stop in the Alsace region is a must. Although it was raining most of the time we were there, we had a great time and did a lot of things and had a lot of fun.