Lovers of wine brace yourself. A river cruise along the Rhine River with a stop in the picturesque French town of Riquewihr is a must! Riquewihr, officially known as one of the most beautiful countries in France is home to fine white wines such as Rieslings and Gewürztraminers. Enjoy the wineries, restaurants and architecture this town has to offer. You’ll enjoy it all as you marvel Riquewihr’s cobblestone streets, stone gates and colorful homes. The town’s appearance has not changed much over the last 400 years and still holds its rustic and medieval charm. Your favorite postcards from the region are sure to include images of the wrought iron signs and stone doors—all reminiscent of an era long gone.
Hugel et Fils
Hugel et Fils is one of the major producers of Alsace wine and produces its high-end wines from its own vineyards. This winery sees an estimated two million visitors each year and has a special room that holds up to 10 guests for tastings. You must try some of their dry wines including the Hugel Classic and the Hugel Tradition as well as some of their sweeter white wines such as the Hommage Jean Hugel and the Vendange Tardive. The tasting room is open from Easter to Christmas but tastings outside these periods can be arranged.
Sentier Viticole des Grands Crus
The Wine Trails of Grands Crus offer a breathtaking view of the countryside! Including the three castles of Ribeauvillé and the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg. This walking trail makes several stops at vineyards along the way and speaking guides are available in both English and German. Guides will explain how the wines are produced and how the vineyards work. This walking trail is a wonderful way to enjoy the countryside on your day trip in Riquewihr.
Musée du Dolder
The Museum of Dolder (also classified as a Museum of France) houses artifacts such as medieval weapons, guns and fortification parts. The museum is located in the symbolic tower of the city that once served as a defensive gate and a watchtower. The museum will take you on a journey through the fortified rural city and witness the town’s evolution from the 13th to the 17th century. While at the museum, make sure to catch nearby attractions such as Riquewihr’s 'skyscraper' (house number 14), the Courtyard of the nobles of Berckheim (house number 38), the house with the most ornately decorated facades—the gourmets house (house number 42).