Some of the wrought-iron shop signs in my previous post are from Riquewihr, one of the towns on the Alsace Wine Route in France.
As these picturesque wine towns are often on the way to the warmer parts of Europe from Belgium, I have visited the majority of them over the years, including Colmar, Kaysersberg, and Eguisheim, etc....
The cobbled streets of these colorful charming towns are dotted with half-timbered and stone-clad houses, and the surrounding slopes are lush with vineyards.
Riquewihr is located 11 kilometres from Colmar, the largest "capital city" of this wine region. It's easy to reach by car and close to other wine villages such as Ribeauville.
Among the towns on the wine route, Riquewihr appears especially lovely to me, with its well-preserved medieval architecture concentrated within a few streets. Walking through the enchanting old alleyways, I enjoyed looking at the beautiful flower-clad windows and balconies, and galleried courtyards. I read later that it's one of the few towns in this area not severely damaged during World War II.
Before the French Revolution, Riquewihr used to belong to the Dukes of Württemberg. It served as a trading hub for Alsatian and German wine.
There's a passageway leading through the vines to the ramparts and the 13th century belfry up the hills.
At the end of the vine rows, you can often see red roses planted. They are not only looking pretty, but also being used to detect parasites at an early stage.
What about you? Have you been to these towns on the Alsace Wine Route? Which one is your personal favorite?
图文 by Donica，谢谢来访！=)
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