The village of Kaysersberg is one of the most characteristic villages of Alsace included in the famous Wine Route, a jewel of rare medieval beauty, nestled between hills covered with enchanting vines.
Despite its altitude of 820 metres, an excellent Pinot Grigio is produced here, the undisputed star of the area and of many local events.
The town also boasts the title of Flower Town: the meticulous attention to detail in the balconies, gardens and windows always leaves visitors open-mouthed, enchanted at every turn by the beauty of a perfectly preserved medieval town centre.
Kaysersberg is one of the most famous villages on the Alsace wine route: with its numerous half-timbered houses, its perfectly preserved historical centre and its ruined imperial castle, it is an essential stop on a trip to Alsace. The town is also very famous for its Christmas market.
The massive fortified bridge serves as the main entrance to the heart of the town. Built of pink sandstone in 1514, it protected the town from possible aggression from the Germanic areas.
From here there is a magnificent view of the bubbling river, picturesque shops and colourful half-timbered houses such as the superb Rhine Renaissance building at 88 rue du Général De Gaulle, the town’s main street.
A magnificent view of Kaysersberg Castle can be admired from the fortified bridge. Built between the 13th and 16th centuries, it is an example of a garrison fortress that at the time, thanks to its strategic location, was able to guard the entire valley.
In fact, in 1227, the castle was erected on behalf of Frederick II of the Holy German Empire on a rocky promontory to control an important passage axis between Upper Alsace and Lorraine. With late Romanesque architecture, the castle was connected to the town by a solid urban bastion.
Flanked by a mighty 4-metre circular keep that served as an observation point, Kaysersberg Castle can be reached in about 10 minutes on foot and offers a magnificent view of the town and the region.
The main street of the town is lined with many old, finely decorated buildings: half-timbered façades, sloping roofs, bay windows and carved statues. We advise you to walk unhurriedly, penetrating into the courtyards and side squares to admire the beautiful town architecture.
Don’t miss the Badhus (bathhouse at No. 103), which served as an inn in the 17th and 18th centuries before becoming a municipal spa. Located right next door, another house deserves attention with a beautiful balustrade and old butcher’s shops.
The church of Sainte Croix is located next to the town hall. Its construction took place in several stages from the 12th to the 15th century. The Romanesque portal, framed by columns with capitals with various decorations (animals and plants), has a beautiful tympanum representing the crowning of the Virgin (the artist would have depicted himself in the left-hand corner).
Several beautiful half-timbered houses overlook the church square. A yellow sandstone fountain completes the decor, surmounted by a statue of Emperor Constantine dating from the 16th century.
In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article
A fairytale atmosphere reigns throughout the city during the Christmas holidays. The alleyways glitter, the windows and façades of half-timbered houses are richly decorated, trees are draped in lights, the aromas of spices and Christmas delicacies fill the imperial city.
Dominated by the castle ruins, some 30 wooden chalets display traditional products, creating a truly magical atmosphere in a picturesque historical setting.
The Kaysersberg Christmas market has an intimate and cosy atmosphere: it keeps the old Advent traditions alive, guaranteeing a delightful experience in the purest Christmas spirit.
The picturesque town of Kaysersberg, despite its small size, offers a good number of different types of accommodation.
You can choose gîtes, i.e. holiday homes comparable to our b&b, set in a charming rural environment. Or hotels of great refinement, flats for rent or the relaiset châteaux, or charming hotels built in old, historic buildings in the centre.
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Kaysersberg can be reached quickly from Colmar in only 22 minutes by car and in 1 hour from Strasbourg.