Alsace in eastern France really does have something for everyone; whether it is French Chateaux, the vibrant city of Strasbourg, or the magnificent Black Forest you want to see, the region is sure to impress. In addition, with such an eclectic mix of hotels in Alsace, accommodation can be found to complement your stay, whether it is for business or pleasure.
The hotel can be almost as important as the area visited – if the sleeping and eating arrangements are not satisfactory, the whole experience can be a bad one. Guests want modern conveniences in their hotel, such as 24-hour reception, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and a car park with CCTV – families on holiday may be looking for a hotel that offers pet-friendly accommodation. This area of France is beautifully warm, sunny and dry, so an air-conditioned room will be required. Inter-Hotel offers all of this in their hotels in France, as well as comfortable rooms, rooms suitable for the mobility-impaired, and some hotels offer a bar or billiard table, and restaurants that serve regional dishes.
Traditional food and wine
The area is fantastic for those seeking to sample traditional cuisine. Alsatian cooking incorporates Germanic culinary traditions using pork. Baeckeoffe is a mix of slow-cooked potatoes, onions, mutton, beef and pork in Alsatian white wine; Tarte flambee is a rectangular bread dough covered with fromage frais or crème fraiche and lardons; Pate de fois gras is duck or goose liver pate; Choucroute garnie is dressed sauerkraut with sausages. For those who prefer sweet treats, try Bredele, which are biscuits or small cakes, and Pain d’epices, which is a kind of spiced bread or gingerbread. Outside of the hotel, Alsatian cuisine can be sampled in a restaurant or winstub (a wine-bar/ restaurant serving local food). Alsace produces some of the world’s most noted dry Rieslings and is France’s main beer producing region, with breweries including Kronenbourg and Heineken International.
What to see in Alsace
Alsace is on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the Rhine, next to Germany and Switzerland. It is famous for its picturesque villages, churches and castles. The Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg is a medieval castle in the Vosges Mountains, overlooking the Upper Rhine Plain. Also popular is the unrestored castle at Fleckenstein. The region is favoured by wine lovers, with its vineyards, and those who love the outdoors. Visitors can enjoy the Vosges Mountains, the Black Forest and beautiful lakes.
The cultural capital and the largest city is Strasbourg, which is famous for its European institutions, cathedral, museums, cobbled streets and Christmas markets – Inter-Hotel have hotels in Alsace that are located conveniently close to the city.
Architecture in Alsace
Gothic art can be seen in the churches in Strasbourg, and Flamboyant Gothic, whose main feature is flame-shaped elements, can be seen on the top of Strasbourg Cathedral. Visitors can tour fortified Alsatian towns, and 19th century forts. There are examples of the Renaissance style at The Palais du Neubau in Strasbourg, the Palais de la Regence in Ensisheim, the Palais de la Metzig in Molsheim and the Maison des Tetes in Colmar. Palaces offering examples of classicism include the Rohan Palaces in Strasbourg and Saverne, the Palais du Conseil Souverain in Colmar and the Hopital Civil in Strasbourg.
Book a hotel stay in Alsace and take in the sights and sounds of Strasbourg, explore the Black Forest and sample the Alsatian food and drink. The Inter-Hotel chain offers comfortable accommodation with all the conveniences you expect, whether travelling for business or pleasure, as well as those little extras to make your stay in France even more special.