Riquewihr is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved villages in Alsace. Get acquainted with the town and its vineyards with a commentated ride on the open-air Little Train, which runs daily April-November from the town hall on Grand Rue.
You’ll want to come back after the train ride to explore the town, which is enclosed by fortification walls and surrounded by fields of grapes. Since it did not sustain extensive destruction during the world wars, its cobblestone streets are lined with intact 16th-century treasures.
Enter through the Upper Gateway (1600), site of an ancient drawbridge, and amble down the Grand Rue, which leads to the disappointingly average town hall.
Many of the village’s buildings have their construction date carved into stone above the front door. Among the Gothic and Renaissance houses, pay special attention to:
Maison Liebrich (1535)
Maison Preiss-Zimmer (1686)
Maison Kiener (1574)
You won’t be able to overlook the outstanding Tour de Dolder, a belfry tower built in 1291. One of the best of the town’s five museums is the Musée du Dolder, which has a collection of artifacts from medieval times.
Two other museums worthy of a brief visit:
Musée de la Tour des Voleurs, an ancient torture chamber located on Rue des Juifs, Street of the Jews.
Maison Hansi, a collection of works by the famous artist, J.J. Waltz, who was known as Hansi. Located at 16 Rue de Général de Gaulle.
Among the 30 or more restaurants in the village, the best meals are at La Table du Gourmet, a Michelin 1-star restaurant with no air conditioning but trendy decor, and Au Trothus, where local cuisine has a spicy twist and lunch is a high-quality bargain. Recently, l’Originel, in front of the Schoenenbourg vineyard, was awarded the Prix Alsace by the prestigious Guide Pudlowski for offering the best price-to-quality meal because of its incredible set-price lunch menu.