Weekend in Alsace: the best ideas for a dream holiday!
You want to go for a weekend in Alsace and you want to know where to go?
This is where it happens!
To help you organize this short stay in the Great East of France, I have selected the 16 best weekend ideas in Alsace.
Do you want a luxury, spa, relaxation or nature weekend ? Do you want to sleep in an exceptional, charming hotel or in unusual accommodation? Are you going to go as a couple, with friends or family?
With my guide, you can find the weekend in Alsace that suits your desires and make your choice easily!
At the end of the article, I also give you ideas for cheap weekends in Alsace as well as a map to help you locate the accommodations I mentioned.
So, where to go for a weekend in Alsace?
Luxury weekend in Strasbourg
I’m starting this top weekend idea in Alsace in style with a luxury stay in one of the most beautiful 5* hotels in the region.
The Hotel & Spa Régent Petite France is located in Strasbourg , in the heart of the most picturesque district of the city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site .
The establishment, with a romantic atmosphere, occupies a very beautiful building: an old 17th century mill .
Its rooms and suites all offer a magnificent view of the Ill river and the typical half-timbered houses , emblematic of Alsace.
And since a luxury weekend wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Spa , the Régent Petite France invites you to take advantage of its 200 m² space dedicated to well-being with jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, sensory shower and massages!
In the evening, I advise you to try the Champagne bar and its 20 types of champagne (perhaps not all on the same evening!) before having dinner at the hotel restaurant: “Le Pont Tournant” . Rewarded with a plate in the Michelin Guide, the chef invites you to taste creative and delicate cuisine .
During these 2 days in the capital of Alsace, you can discover:
- The Big Island , the historic center of Strasbourg
- Strasbourg Cathedral, the oldest Gothic cathedral in the world
- Place Kleber
- Rohan Palace
- Take a canal cruise .
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Spa weekend in Alsace, in Obernai
How about spending your weekend in Alsace in the typical little village of Obernai, at the foot of the Vosges?
This would give you the opportunity to experience some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Take the time to stroll through the narrow streets of this small fortified city , listed among the “Most Beautiful Detours in France” and which is the second most visited city in the Bas-Rhin.
With its fortified towers , its ramparts and its beautiful half-timbered houses, a picturesque atmosphere guaranteed!
During your walk, do not miss admiring the Saints-Pierre-et-Paul church , the belfry, the town hall, the wheat market or the Sainte Odile fountain, which honors the patron saint of Alsace, born in Obernai.
During these 2 days in Obernai , you can also discover Mont Saint Odile and its convent. It’s a really unmissable visit for a weekend in Alsace for all those who wish to admire the panorama and who like to hike.
To make all visits, I suggest you stay at the Parc Hotel Obernai & Spa located 800 meters from the center of Obernai.
The establishment has a very nice Spa area with free access allowing you to relax in the swimming pool, the jacuzzi, the sauna or the hammam.
There is also a second brand new spa: the Yonaguni Spa, a very modern space with a labyrinth-like aquatic corridor giving access to several rooms with different atmospheres. It is considered one of the most beautiful spas in France and Europe.
For customers of the Obernai hotel, the rate is €60 for 2 people in addition to the room rate for day admission (from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or €40 for half a day.
The perfect opportunity to enjoy a relaxing weekend in Alsace!
Discovery weekend: wine route in Alsace
Another idea, but this time for a discovery weekend in Alsace on the wine route.
In a few words, the Alsace wine route allows you to cross several municipalities in the region where many wine estates producing the typical Alsatian white wine are grouped together.
For this, nothing better than staying in a very beautiful establishment located on the Alsace wine route , in Ribeauvillé: the Hôtel Barrière Ribeauvillé. Surrounded by vineyards and offering a view of the Vosges, this 4* hotel benefits from an ideal location for discovering the cellars.
Between 2 visits, you can also have access to its superb 3600 m² spa with 3 heated swimming pools , hydromassage areas, sauna and hammam.
To top it off, you can try your luck in the hotel’s casino.
Romantic weekend in Colmar, Alsace
And if you take advantage of your weekend in Alsace to discover Colmar , certainly the most famous city in the Grand-Est region, just after Strasbourg.
Among the essentials to see, I advise you not to miss:
- The Little Venice district with its half-timbered houses
- The Unterlinden museum installed in a former convent, you can admire the famous Altarpiece of Issenheim representing the life of Christ and Saint-Antoine
- The Quai de la Poissonnerie, a former fishing district
- The covered market to taste local products
- The Pfister house, listed as a Historic Monument for its architecture.
During your walk, you can also discover the House of the Heads, which owes its name to the 106 small human heads sculpted adorning its facade. It is also classified as a Historic Monument.
And this is where I suggest you spend this weekend in Colmar.
Right next door is a 5* hotel, the Relais & Chateaux La Maison des Têtes , with spacious and elegant rooms with all the necessary equipment for an excellent stay!
For dinner , I strongly recommend that you try the hotel’s gourmet restaurant , which has been awarded a star in the Michelin Guide.
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For this weekend in Colmar , if you have a little less budget , I recommend another establishment: the James Boutique Hotel.
This establishment near the historic center and all the places of interest offers elegant and contemporary rooms:
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Gastronomic weekend in Alsace
Do you want to go on a weekend in Alsace to treat yourself by combining luxury and indulgence?
Look no further, I have found you the best place to go: Hotel Relais et Châteaux Le Chambard.
This 5* star establishment established in a beautiful 18th century building is located in the heart of the village of Kaysersberg.
From there, you can go for a walk in the vineyards or go up to the castle of Kaysersberg to contemplate the panorama of the valley.
Kaysersberg also being one of the most famous villages on the Alsace wine route, it is surrounded by many wine estates.
And what’s great is that some visits are free!
But back to the hotel! In addition to offering magnificent rooms, all that is most comfortable and luxurious , the establishment is above all renowned for its restaurant: La Table d’Olivier Nasti.
The latter received 2 stars in the 2020 Michelin Guide and 4 toques in Gault et Millau, just that! Impossible to miss, it really is the best choice for a gastronomic weekend in Alsace!
Note that the hotel also has a second restaurant, the Winstub , serving local specialties and awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide.
Exceptional weekend in Alsace
This is one of my favorites from this weekend idea selection in Alsace: the Hostellerie La Cheneaudière & Spa.
The setting, the building and the services offered are simply exceptional . Not to mention the location overlooking the forest and the mountains, for a magnificent view and a relaxing stay!
The 5* establishment is located in the Bruche valley, in the Bas-Rhin , not far from the Alsace wine route and the Crêtes route allowing you to discover the Ballons des Vosges regional natural park.
The rooms are spacious, modern and refined. The 3 exclusive top suites also have a private terrace with hot tubs.
And that’s not all, La Cheneaudière has a 2500 m² spa with no less than 4 swimming pools, five saunas and a hammam. Something to enjoy as a couple without being bothered by other customers and to relax as much as possible.
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Unusual family weekend in Alsace
I am also thinking of those who want to go on a weekend in Alsace with their family and who are rather looking for unusual accommodation.
For this stay, I suggest you sleep in a trapper’s tent. But beware, you will still have all the modern comforts with a real bathroom, comfortable beds and an authentic wood stove for the warm atmosphere.
They can accommodate up to 5 people.
And here there is no risk of being attacked by a bear or a pack of wolves!
The tents are located on the Huttopia Wattwiller domain which also hosts a campsite. The site is really spacious and wooded , allowing you to spend a stay surrounded by nature and quiet.
You can also take advantage of the estate’s facilities: heated swimming pool, barbecue, playground and play table tennis, badminton or horse riding.
Unusual weekend in Northern Alsace
To stay in the unusual weekend ideas in Alsace , this time I suggest you spend the night in an ecolodge.
This stay is to be preferred for lovers, who certainly wish to sleep in unusual accommodation in Alsace , but also to be able to benefit from top-of-the-range facilities.
The ecolodges are located on the “Bleu Minuit” domain in the heart of the Vosges du Nord natural park . Built in wood and glass, in an ecological and responsible perspective, the lodges are “eco-chic” with a very elegant and cozy design.
They all have large bay windows and a canopy above the bed to make the most of the view of the forest and contemplate the sky at night. There is even a telescope on the terrace to go further in the observation.
During this weekend in the Vosges, you will also have access to the spa area where there is a sauna and a Nordic bath.
The location in the heart of the Vosges mountains also makes it possible to go hiking , cycling or horseback riding.
Weekend in a castle in Alsace
For those who dream of experiencing castle life , look no further, this weekend in Alsace is made for you!
Head to the small town of Ostwald where you will stay in an authentic 17th century castle: the Hotel & Spa Château de l’île.
Located in a large park by the river , the 5* establishment guarantees you a stay in a green setting, away from the hustle and bustle, while being only 5 km from Strasbourg . You can easily discover the Alsatian capital during these 2 days.
The rooms are decorated in a traditional way with hangings, tapestries, parquet floors and wood paneling to fully reflect the “royal” setting. They all reflect a romantic and warm atmosphere.
To enhance your stay at the Château de l’île, the hotel has an indoor swimming pool and a sauna and jacuzzi.
There are several formulas for this weekend for 2 in Alsace depending on the type of room and whether or not you have reserved the gourmet dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Relaxing weekend in Northern Alsace
In case you haven’t found your happiness in my previous ideas for a wellness weekend in Alsace , I suggest another establishment.
La Source des Sens is located in the small spa town of Morsbronn-les-Bains, itself located about 30 minutes from Strasbourg and 10 minutes from the town of Hagueneau (which, for the record is the birthplace of Sebastien Loeb, multiple world rally champion).
The hotel has a magnificent spa and wellness center including: indoor and outdoor swimming pool , jacuzzi, salt cave, sauna, sensory shower, ice fountain… The spa is really superb, modern and tastefully decorated.
The rooms are modern, bright and all have a terrace or balcony.
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Charming weekend in Alsace
It is impossible to give you a list of the best ideas for a weekend in Alsace without finding a charming little address.
This is the ideal place for me: Le Verger des Châteaux, The Originals Relais.
Located right on the Alsace Wine Route , in the heart of the vineyard, the establishment aims to be warm and friendly . Here, you will take full advantage of the relaxed Alsatian way of life , in charming rooms with a romantic atmosphere.
The restaurant “La Table du Verger” will also delight you with its regional gourmet cuisine.
In the countryside, the hotel is perfect for a relaxing stay , while giving easy access to typical villages and wineries.
Only 8 km away, you can also visit the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle , the best known and most touristic in the region. The visit is worth the detour just for the magnificent view it offers over the entire plain of Alsace.
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Romantic weekend in Alsace
Do you want to please your other half and offer them a romantic weekend in Alsace ?
Why not take it to the Domaine du Moulin ! This boutique hotel is only 20 minutes from Colmar or Mulhouse , which allows you to be close to many tourist sites.
In Mulhouse, for example, I advise you to discover:
- The historic center : the Europe tower, the Place de la Réunion , the rue des Franciscains
- The city of the automobile for lovers of large displacements
- The city of the train, the largest railway museum in Europe
- The zoological and botanical park and its 1200 animals including its mascot: the polar bear Nanuq
- The Ecomuseum of Alsace to discover the history and heritage of the region in a reconstructed Alsatian village
- The Petit-Prince park inspired by the work of Saint-Exupéry
After the visits, you can relax at the Spa, enjoy the indoor or outdoor swimming pool, the jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and the garden.
And to complete this romantic stay , be sure to book a dinner at the restaurant “La Villa du Meunier”. The setting is sublime and the traditional gastronomic cuisine perfectly showcased.
I let you book this romantic weekend in Alsace by clicking on the link below:
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Weed end on the Alsace wine route
For this other weekend idea on the Alsace wine route , I suggest you stay in Saint-Hippolyte, a small picturesque village.
The Val-Vignes hotel is located on the heights of the village, in the heart of the vineyards and offers comfortable and spacious rooms.
On site, you will find a sauna and a hammam , as well as a large terrace with a panoramic view of the Alsace plain, the vineyards and the Haut-Koenisbourg castle.
The hotel also has a good restaurant offering bistronomic cuisine based on seasonal produce.
To book here:
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If you come with your children , the location of the hotel is also ideal for taking them to the mountain of monkeys (a park where 200 monkeys live in freedom) or to Cigoland, a small amusement park on the theme of the stork.
Weekend in Alsace: Strasbourg Christmas market
Do you want to go on a weekend in Alsace at the end of the year to enjoy the Christmas markets ?
So choose to spend this weekend in Strasbourg where the biggest and most beautiful Christmas market in the region is located! It is known all over the world and it is the most famous market in all of France.
There are nearly 300 chalets spread over different parts of the city and which offer Christmas decorations of course, but also crafts and regional products.
To enjoy the Strasbourg Christmas market, there is nothing better than staying in the city center where all the entertainment is gathered.
For this trip, I suggest you sleep at the Régent Contades hotel, BW Premier Collection.
The Belle Epoque style rooms are really charming and comfortable. By booking in advance, you can also enjoy the sauna just for you.
For this weekend in Alsace at Christmas, you must book as far in advance as possible by clicking here:
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Family weekend in Alsace
Do you want to know where to go for a weekend in Alsace with your children?
For this short stay in the Grand Est, I invite you to discover the Clos d’Eguisheim , a Pierre et Vacances residence.
Located in the village of Eguisheim (voted Favorite Village of the French a few years ago) and only 7 kilometers from the picturesque town of Colmar , the residence consists of several colorful half-timbered houses.
You will stay in fully equipped and furnished studios or apartments , very spacious, which can accommodate between 4 and 7 people. Even large families are welcome here! They also all have a terrace or balcony with garden furniture.
In terms of activities (because this is what will interest your children above all!), they can swim all year round in the heated indoor pool , enjoy the playgrounds and even take part in a treasure hunt!
I guarantee you that no one will be bored during this family weekend in Alsace!
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Many families often take advantage of their short stay in Alsace to spend a day at Europa park . This park is certainly located in Germany but it is only a few kilometers from the Alsatian border.
To avoid queuing at the ticket office, remember to book your tickets directly with the button below:
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Inside the park, you will find sublime themed hotels with highly sought-after decoration, which also offer access 1/2 hour before the official opening:
- Krønasår, Europa-Park Freizeitpark with Nordic-themed decor
- Bell Rock, Europa-Park with a marine theme
- Colosseo, Roman-themed Europa-Park , there is even a replica of the Colosseum in Rome!
- El Andaluz which, as its name suggests, refers to Spain and Andalusia
- Hotel Castillo Alcazar which looks like a real Spanish castle.
If you want to spend a family weekend in Europa park, you can also book in one of these hotels. They are only a few meters from Germany’s largest amusement park:
- Hotel am Park located just opposite the entrance to the park. it has rooms that can accommodate up to 5 people.
- R & J Hotel, 10 minutes walk from Europa park and 4 km from the border. It offers modern and colorful family rooms with double bed and bunk bed.
- Hotel Apollon Rust, 10 minutes walk from the theme park. It offers spacious and comfortable triple or quadruple rooms.
Cheap weekend in Alsace
I will end with some inexpensive weekend ideas in Alsace and a selection of establishments offering excellent value for money for less than €80 per night:
- Camping Osenbach: campsite located in Osenbach, halfway between Colmar and Mulhouse. Wooden hut located in a large quiet park from €41 per night.
- Comfort Hotel Strasbourg – Montagne Verte: located in Strasbourg, a 20-minute walk from the Petite France district, in a quiet area by the river. Modern and bright room from €50 per night, all-you-can-eat breakfast at €10. The pluses: free parking, breakfast with lots of choice and even a candy bar. Don’t leave without having eaten at least once in the hotel restaurant, which offers Alsatian specialties (the spaetzels and breaded camembert are delicious!). An excellent choice for a cheap weekend in Alsace and Strasbourg!
- Hôtel Au Lion: located in Ribeauvillé, not far from the Haut-Koenisbourg castle or Colmar. This family hotel offers charming and comfortable rooms from €65 per night.
- Colmar Hotel: hotel located in Colmar, just 1 km from the historic center. Spacious and modern room with very comfortable bedding from €80. A good choice for a cheap weekend in Alsace!
- Château de Pourtalès: estate located north of Strasbourg, just 2.5 km from the Parc de l’Orangerie and the European institutions. You will have the choice between traditional rooms located in the castle and more modern accommodation in an annex, from 80€.
Enjoy your stay in Alsace!
To help you visualize the location of all these weekend ideas in Alsace , I have made a map listing the accommodations and hotels that I recommend. You can display the legend of the map by clicking on the button at the top left with a small arrow.
So, which weekend idea in Alsace appeals to you the most?
Where to go for a weekend in Alsace
- In Strasbourg to discover the Alsatian capital by staying at the Hotel & Spa Régent Petite France , one of the most beautiful 5* in Alsace.
- In Colmar, one of the most charming Alsatian towns. Stay at the Relais & Chateaux La Maison des Têtes hotel
- On the wine route , at the Barrière Ribeauvillé hotel or at the Relais et Châteaux Le Chambard hotel
- In the North of Alsace for a relaxing weekend at La Source des sens.