Sitting near the German border, 35m/59km north of Strasbourg, this lovely little town is well preserved despite its long history of attacks and wars.
The town is listed on the Romanesque Route because of Église Saints-Pierre-et-Paul, an oversized Gothic church with an impressive 11th-century Romanesque tower. The church hosts an impressive schedule of concerts, which you can find (in French, but easy to decode) on the website.
Start your visit with a ride aboard the Little White Train, which departs near the Tourist Office on the Place de la République. You’ll enjoy an audio guide as you travel around town and into the vineyard-covered countryside.
Then, stroll around old town and along the River Lauth, which is surrounded by old houses, similar to the fishermen’s canal area in Colmar.
The ruins of the 12th-century Fleckenstein Castle (Château de Fleckenstein) are nearby and well worth an hour’s visit. The fortress is surrounded by the largest forest in Europe and looks out over the Northern Vosges Mountains. Allow time for hiking one of the four trails and admiring the views over the Valley of the Sauer River (Rivière Sûre), which sits on the French/German border.