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Discover Alsace in France on a cycle
We were fed up of the same old getaways in Europe and decided to take on an innovative French touring company, Discover France http://www.discoverfrance.com,who sent us an email about their cycling tours through France. You can choose the region you would like to visit and our choice was Alsace. Simply cause it was easier than the others.
The Alsacetrip is an experience as you explore a part of the region that is nestled between the beautiful Vosges mountains in France and the borders of Germany and Switzerland, since Alsace is a region rich in tradition. A combination of cultures always brings out the charm and we took the famous Route du Vin (wine route) which encompasses at least 100 wine producing villages between Strasbourg and Colmar, where some of the best French wines are produced.
Also, this area offers gourmet cuisine and has more Michelin star restaurants than any other region.
We are foodies so we wanted to experience French gastronomy in refined and traditional dishes like the famous Baeckeofe. The villages are also scenic delights with the beauty of their traditional architecture across the region.Pretty half timbered houses decked with brilliantly coloured flowers had us scrambling off our cycles and hunting for our cameras. We also chose this trip as it is very flexible, being self-guided, and on this tour you can start, any day you wish, April-October.
One of the smaller regions of France, Alsace offers an amazing experience for tourists seeking a combination of ancient European culture, breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities. Known worldwide for its picturesque villages which boast ancient churches and castles rich with history, Alsace is also famous for its famous vineyards and breweries. Visitors to this region come to relax and unwind, enjoy some local food and spirits and experience some of the most beautiful settings in all of France. And happily, one of the most popular activities of locals and tourists in Alsace is cycling.
We give you five compelling reasons to choose a tour and join in: The terrain – there are 2,000 km of bike paths running through Alsace most of which run right alongside the Rhine. Trails run through both the mountains and the level plains of the region, allowing the opportunity for cyclists of any skill level to participate.
The Vineyards – the Alsace region has been growing grapes and producing fine wines since the middle ages. With seven varieties of wine to choose from, including six white and one red, there is certainly something to please every wine drinker here. Consider cycling the Alsace wine route and sampling a little of everything.
The Museums – there are some 250 museums to visit while in the Alsace region, which include a variety of subjects and interests. A few worth mentioning include The Chocolate Museum, The Train Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Vosges Mountains – experienced riders will relish in the exhilarating climbing adventures that this area offers. With challenging terrain and extensive trails that border Germany, biking the Vosges Mountains will provide an experience not soon forgotten. This area is home to the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, a medieval castle rich with ancient history and offers some of the most amazing views in the Alsace region. The Vosges Mountains are also home to Mont St. Odile, a spiritual shrine named after Saint Odile, a Patron Saint of Alsace. Visitors come to meditate, worship and just experience the traditions carried on by the nuns for centuries.
Strasbourg – the political, economical and cultural capital of Alsace, Strasbourg embodies what this region is all about. Cycle over to Grand Ile, the city’s center, or visit the Strasbourg cathedral. Offering a taste of history, culture and heritage of the people who reside in this region, a visit to Strasbourg is a must for any tourist.
On this trip, while you recharge your own batteries with a cold “rosé” or a glass of white wine, the bike’s battery recharges itself in your hotel (only 2h30) We were given hybrid electric bicycles with easy-to-charge battery motors. The e-bike in use is the new Scott e-Venture 30, a model easily charged while sipping a glass of wine during a rest stop somewhere along the route in France.
So, just grab your bikes and experience a trip for yourself. It’s the most romantic and unforgettable ride you could desire.
Visit http://www.discoverfrance.com for all details
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