According to Japan, the most beautiful village in France is in Alsace!

The Alsatian village of Riquewihr was recently designated The most beautiful village of France According to JATA, the organization of Japanese travel agencies and tour operators.

Located between the Côtes des Vosges and the plain of Alsace, Riquewihr is a medieval town that has retained its authenticity and charm over the centuries, thus attracting tourists from all over the world.

Tourist attractions in Rijkswehr: an open-air museum

Riquewihr is often described as genuine open air Museum Because of its remarkable architectural heritage. Among the main attractions of the village we find:

  • Colorful half-timbered houses that grace the narrow streets
  • Saint-Maurice Church and its 14th-century belfry
  • The Thieves’ Tower, a former prison from the 13th century
  • The Alsatian vineyards that surround the village produce exceptional wines.

It is this cultural and historical richness that captured the hearts of JATA members during their visit to Rijkswehr.

Warm welcome in Alsace

Besides its architectural and natural heritage, Rijkswehr is also famous for warm welcome Reserved for visitors by its residents. The Alsatians are proud of their region and do not hesitate to share their traditions and knowledge with tourists, especially in terms of gastronomy and winemaking. Japanese travel agencies particularly appreciated this aspect during their stay in the village.

Riquewihr, one example of the many picturesque villages of Alsace

There are many in Alsace other villages Just as charming as Riquewihr. From Favorite villages of the FrenchLet us quote:

  • Aiguisheim was voted France’s favorite village in 2013
  • Kaysersberg was voted France’s favorite village in 2017
  • Hunspach was voted France’s favorite village in 2020

These Alsatian villages also offer a unique tourist experience combining history, culture and coziness.

Exploring Riquewihr and Alsace: some practical advice

If you want to explore Riquewihr and other Alsatian villages, here are some tips to best organize your stay:

  • Choose spring or summer to enjoy lush landscapes and many local activities
  • Typically opt for an Alsatian vacation rental to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere
  • If you’re in the area in December don’t miss the Alsatian Christmas Market
  • Taste local culinary and wine specialties, such as sauerkraut, Kougelhof and Gewurztraminer.

In short, Riquewihr fully deserves the title of the most beautiful village in France according to Japanese travel agencies. Don’t hesitate to discover this pearl of Alsace during your next stay in the region!

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