Riquewihr is a small town in the Alsace region known for its exceptional wine and quintessential hamlet-style 16th century architecture. Between the half-timbered houses and vineyards everywhere, the town is more than quaint. When I sent pictures back home someone actually asked me if I was “in a gingerbread town, or something”. And, while it’s similar to Strasbourg, the feel is completely different. Strasbourg, although quaint in some places is still a sizable city overall. Riquewihr is a town, and no matter where you go (though it won’t be far), you never leave the whimsical atmosphere.
“Originally the property of the Dukes of Württemberg, the town was converted to Protestantism in the 16th century. Historically, Riquewihr served as a Winzerdorf or ‘wine village’ as a trading hub for Alsatian and German wine.” (Wikipedia)
“Situated between the peaks of the Vosges mountains and the Plain of Alsace, Riquewihr is a medieval town right in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards, classified among the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France.'” (ribeauville-riquewihr.com)
Don’t believe me yet? Take a look at the pictures and you’ll see just how cute it is! Also, cheese. For more photos, see Winter in Riquewihr. (Coming Soon!)