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This is a relatively large village along the Wine Road, and not as pedestrian friendly as nearby Riquewihr and Hunawihr.

One of the best ways to get oriented to the area is on a tour aboard the Little Train. It runs daily May-September from the Tourism Office on Grand Rue and covers old town, the vineyards, and Hunawihr.

On your own, return to the Grand Rue, which runs through the center of town and has restricted car traffic. It is watched over by a magnificent Butchers’ Tower that was begun in the 13th century and extended for centuries to add protection to the walled town.

A Renaissance fountain topped by a surprisingly tiny lion stands in the central square, Place de la Mairie. Across the square, the town hall, Hôtel de Ville, houses a collection of ancient articles, including goblets known as hanaps. Some of these wine vessels were made by the finest gilds of their time. Guided tours are available several days per week. Get information at the office of tourism.

As you stroll through town, be sure to notice the architectural details of the outstanding half-timbered houses, and the colorful artistic signs hanging over the main doors of many buildings.

Several annual events take place in town: June celebrates the Alsatian cake-bread, kugelhopf; July is the wine fair. September is known for the Fête des Ménétriers, which toasts the long-dead counts who once ruled the region and were the patrons of minstrels. Three ruined castles of the counts still stand in the hills above the town.

At A Glance

1 Grand Rue
Ribeauvillé Alsace 68150
33 (0)3 89 73 23 23

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