Fashion for Alsace Holidays in Alsace is in fashion with Russian tourists. Especially among those who love France and have more than once rested in this country. Having visited Paris, the castles of the Loire and the Cote d’Azur, the tourist craves for new, fresh experiences. Alsace is also good because it is located near other famous and popular cities in Europe. So the most incredible combined tours are possible.
Alsace owes much of its popularity with Russians to Transaero Airlines, which last year began regular flights to the provincial capital, Strasbourg. The direct flight Moscow-Strasbourg made this region easily accessible for our tourists. In addition, as it turned out, Alsace has a number of undeniable advantages over the already promoted areas of France.
Why is it worth going to Alsace
For example, the Cote d’Azur, popular with the Russians, is much more expensive than Alsace hotels. So, a night in a good three-star hotel in Strasbourg costs $ 40-70 per person (with breakfast). In Nice, an overnight stay will cost more – $ 85-100. At the same time, Alsatian hotels are very colorful, unusual (in some hotels all rooms are different, in others the rooms have an original interior, etc.), and, as a rule, they meet the highest standards.
Alsace is a very “tasty” region, that is, it is an ideal place for organizing gastronomic tours. Local restaurants serve dishes that are unlikely to be tasted anywhere else. For example, shukrut is a complex dish of all kinds of vegetables (in fact, it is only boiled potatoes and stewed sauerkraut – approx. InFrance) with the addition of wine and various varieties of sausages and sausages. Connoisseurs of good wines will also not be disappointed, because fantastic white wine is produced in this area. In general, Alsace fans claim that this is where the real France was preserved. Whereas on the Cote d’Azur it is often generally not clear what country you are in.
Many unfairly believe that Alsace is a remote province, which is somewhere on the outskirts and where it is difficult to get out of somewhere. In fact, Alsace is well located geographically in the center of Europe. So, go to Luxembourg only 2.5 hours by car, to Baden-Baden, Lucerne and Zurich, and even less – 2 hours. Therefore, while relaxing in Alsace, you can easily travel around Europe.
Expensive and cheap options
From one Russian family (rather well-off) in the Moscow travel agency received such an order. House on the lake. Surely in the mountains, but not very high so that it was not cold, you could swim and ride a catamaran. Around – clean mountain air and beautiful scenery. It turned out that Lake Gerardmer, located in the Vosges mountains, is ideal for this family. At the same time, a catamaran was provided free of charge for those who live in the house. These tourists intend to spend four weeks on this lake, during which they will make radial trips to nearby European cities.
However, it is possible to organize inexpensive tours. Alsace is good for everyone, but only very small. In Strasbourg (although it is a stunningly beautiful city, which, moreover, has been perfectly preserved since the 16th century), there is nothing to do for more than two days. All the main attractions (Little France, the Cathedral, Guttenberg Square, etc.) are located compactly, not far from each other.
Many people prefer to travel from Strasbourg along the Wine Road, visiting the small, but very colorful and beautiful towns of Alsace. These are genuine wine-producing places where real Alsatian wine is sold. According to legend, a goddamn grandmother lived in one of these towns, so the souvenir shops of the city are packed with small toy goddamn grandmothers. You can drive along the Wine Road in a couple of days.
Less than an hour away from it is the resort town of Colmar. Very sunny, clean, blooming, almost toy. A favorite destination for tourists is the Little Venice quarter. Cafes and restaurants are located on the banks of a small, quiet river; narrow bridges are thrown from shore to shore, under which tiny gondolas (designed for a couple of people) float decorously. All this really reminds of Venice in miniature.
In the vicinity of Alsace is the Lorraine region – quite worthy of the attention of tourists. The path from Alsace to Lorraine passes through the Vosges mountain range. Vosges below the Alps, but nature is richer and more green. In fine weather, you can see the Alps from the top of the Vosges. Descending from the mountains, the traveler enters the valley of lakes (Gerardmer).
Students like to travel along such a route, since such a seven-day tour is inexpensive (about $ 500). So, this year three students from Tyumen decided to visit France. Their choice fell on Alsace. They flew to Strasbourg, where they settled in a two-star hotel. A triple room for one night cost them $ 50, including breakfast. From Strasbourg they made radial trips to Colmar, to the cities located on the Wine Road, as well as to Baden-Baden, which is two hours away by car.