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Area:   8 280 km2
Population:   About 1 700 000
Climate:   Semi-continental
Capital city:   Strasbourg
Departments:   67 - Bas-Rhin (Strasbourg), 68 - Haut-Rhin (Colmar)

Alsace is located at the eastern border of France, 275 miles from Paris and right in the heart of Europe. It is flanked on the west by the Vosges mountains, and on the east by the Rhine river and the Black Forest. Once part of the German Empire, Alsace only became French under the Louis XIV. Germany later re-annexed it twice, from 1870-1918 and from 1940-1945.

From a tourist's point of view, Alsace projects a fairy tale image of half-timbered houses adorned with flowers, gabled roofs, and chimneys - sometimes topped by stork nests. The upper Vosges, with majestic forests and peaceful lakes, presents inviting panoramas to the hiker and the intrepid mountain-bike rider.

Alsace has created one of Europe's great original dishes: choucroute. Regarded as the national dish, choucroute is fluffy sauerkraut served with smoked ham, sausages, and potatoes, enjoyed with wine or beer. The seven Alsace wines, six white and one rosй, are named after the grapes from which they are made: Gewurtztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, riesling, sylvaner and Tokay Pinot Gris. Marketed in the long slender bottles typical of the region, they are dry and crisp, and should be served cold.

The wine route wends its way for about 75 miles along the eastern side of the Vosges moutains. Famous among other theme-oriented itineraries in Alsace are Mountain Ridge Road, Romanesque Road, Rhine Road, and Fried Carp Road.

Weather information for Strasbourg

Today

» AM Drizzle
» Low: 33°F / 1°C
» High: 46°F / 8°C
Tomorrow

» Light Rain
» Low: 44°F / 7°C
» High: 46°F / 8°C
Friday

» AM Drizzle
» Low: 44°F / 7°C
» High: 57°F / 14°C
Average Temperatures in Strasbourg
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High/low °F 39/30 42/30 51/36 57/40 66/48 75/54 76/57 76/56 69/51 58/44 47/36 41/32
High/low °C 3/-1 5/-1 10/2 13/4 18/8 22/12 24/13 24/13 20/10 14/6 8/2 5/0

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Regional tourism board
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Alsace Region
    Tourism
            Alsace (Regional tourism board)
            The Alsatian Wineroad (Private company)
    Accommodations
            Selected Hotels in Alsace Region (Hotel)  

Department 67 - Bas-Rhin
    Tourism
            Welcome to Alsace (Department tourism board)
            Obernai (Town)
            Pays de Barr et du Bernstein (Metropolitan area)
            Pays de la Petite Pierre (Tourism office)

Department 68 - Haut-Rhin
    Tourism
            Welcome in Upper Alsace (Department tourism board)
            Colmar (Town)
            Dreyeckland.com (Tourism office)
            Mulhouse (Tourism office)
            Soultz et Guebwiller (Tourism office)

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