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Alsace

Day trips around Alsace

Below you will find our readers recommendations for day trips in and around Alsace. If you have a favourite outing in the region please let us know.

  • Nautiland, Haguenau

    Recommended by Geraldine Pilard

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    Situated in Haguenau (20km north of Strasbourg), Nautiland is a family water park. The facilities for babies and toddlers and kids are excellent. There are several indoor pools : one for swimmers, one for fun, one for babies and one for toddlers. You will also find spas and hammocks to relax. There is a restaurant in the pool for snacks, drinks or little lunches.
    8 Rue Dominicains, 67500 Haguenau
    +33 (03) 88905656
    www.nautiland.net

    Comments:
    "A really nice place to spend the day or just few hours as there are activities for little ones as well as big ones." (GG, Nov 2010)

  • Europapark

    Recommended by Geraldine Pilard

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    Situated in Rust (55 km from Strasbourg, in Germany), Europapark is the biggest theme park in Germany in terms of visitors. It is divided into 13 areas, each one of them representing a European country. This park is not particularly dedicated to babies or toddlers but you will easily find changing facilities and dedicated safe playgrounds for them. Kids will have lots of fun with the numerous attractions and rides.
    Freizeit- und Familienpark Mack KG, Europa-Park-Straße 2 77977 Rust near Freiburg (+49) 0 1805 / 776688
    www.europapark.de

    Comments:
    "Europapark is a must.. 35€/person and you can spend the day in a theme park with so many attractions that you can’t try them all in one day. Lots of fun. You can even attend several shows as you wander around the park. Magical !” (GP, Nov 2010)

    "Great fun for all the family, well organised and perfect for a day trip. Lots to do even if you or the children dont like fast rides! Go early in school holidays - it gets v. busy." (Kirstin Barton, March 2011)

  • Château du Haut Koenigsbourg

    Recommended by Kirstin Barton

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    Visit a castle in Alsace, 55km South from Strasbourg. Since its construction in the 12th century, the Haut Koenigsbourg castle has occupied a strategic position which provides an exceptional panoramic view over the Alsace plain, the Vosges and the Black Forest. There is a tour specifically designed for families which offers workshops for children. There is a shuttle bus to the castle from the railway station of Sélestat
    Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg F- 67600 Orschwiller, Alsace
    Tel +33 (0)3 69 33 25 00 Fax +33 (0)3 69 33 25 01 Haut-koenigsbourg@cg67.fr
    www.haut-koenigsbourg.fr/en
     
    Comments:

    "A well preserved and restored castle on the top of a hill with stunning views over the Rhine plain." (KB, March 2011)

  • Monkey Mountain, Kintzheim

    Recommended by Geraldine Pilard

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    Situated in Kintzheim (50 km South of Strasbourg), the “Montagne des Singes” is a park where Barbary Macaques have lived since 1969. The monkeys roam in a large area with no cages and no barriers but can distance themselves from the general public. You will find a self service restaurant just outside the park. The park also provides picnic tables.
    F-67 600 Kintzheim
    +33 3 88 92 11 09 info@montagnedessinges.com
    www.montagnedessinges.com

    Comments :

    "I went there with my parents when I was a kid, and now it is my turn to take my kids to the Monkey Mountain. It is the nicest way to be close to a wild animal as you walk beside them and have the opportunity to touch and feed them." (GP, Nov 2010)

  • Volerie des Aigles, Kintzheim

    Recommended by Geraldine Pilard

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    In the mediaval castle of Kintzheim, the “Volerie des aigles” offers an occasion to explore the birds of prey world. Children and adults alike can admire the birds of prey in the sky and in cages.
    Château de Kintzheim, 67600 KINTZHEIM
    (+33) 3 88 92 84 33 promo@voleriedesaigles.com
    www.voleriedesaigles.com

    Comment:

    "Very impressive to see those big birds flying just above your head – its a majestic sight." (GP, Nov 2010)

    "A great show of birds of prey held in an old castle in a beautiful area of the Vosges, just off the wine route. Regular showings from spring to autumn. Take a sunhat in summer!"
    (Kirstin Barton, March 2011)

  • Parc de l’Orangerie, Strasbourg

    Recommended by Geraldine Pilard

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    The ‘Parc de l’Orangerie’ is a beautiful park situated in Strasbourg between the Council of Europe Parliament and the Rhine River. It is the oldest park in Strasbourg and offers a little zoo, a mini farm, a stork reproduction center, a lake, a bowling alley, very good ice creams and waffles.
    www.jardinorangerie.fr

    Comments:
    "This is the nicest park in town. You will observe storks wandering around freely. The trees are big and majestic snd change through the seasons. It is very relaxing to walk around. You can also find several little playgrounds for children". (GP, Nov 2010)

  • Cigoland

    Recommended by Kirstin Barton

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    15 attractions all based around the theme of storks.
    A35 Between Strasbourg and ColmarExit 17 direction le château du Haut Koenigsbourg
    www.cigoland.fr

    Comments:

    "A nice afternoon out especially with younger children. Just above Colmar and right on the A35. The cigognes are an attraction - they sit in their nests around the park. There are some activities for children too. Can couple this with a visit to the Volerie des Aigles or Montagne des Singes which are both close by." (KB, March 2011)

  • Ecomusée, Ungersheim

    Recommended by Kirstin Barton

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    The Alsace Ecomuseum is a reconstitution of a real Alsatian village, with 73 houses which were dismantled and rebuilt here. It will present various events throughout the 2008 season. The park celebrates the pre-Lent carnival and relive popular Easter traditions: search for the Easter hare and take part in the Easter Monday egg race… and many other events. The craftsmen and women demonstrate their trade, you can take boat or cart trips, just as it was in the early 20th century. A delight for children to discover old-time Alsace. 
    Ecomusée d’Alsace, 68 190 Ungersheim
    Tél. 03 89 74 44 74
    ecomusee-alsace@ecomusee-alsace.fr
    www.ecomusee-alsace.fr

    Comments:

    "A popular day out for children, this living museum shows how things were in the olden days in the Alsace. Good for several return visits! Worth a full day, but do-able in less." (KB, March 2011)

  • Bioscope, Ungersheim

    Recommended by Kirstin Barton

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    A cross between an amusement park and a scientific museum, the Bioscope is a completely new kind of leisure and discovery park. Thanks to an unusual discovery trail, visitors can learn more about the relationship between man and his environment. It is an interactive adventure combining play, entertainment and hands-on experience. The Bioscope offers a range of educational and enjoyable activities with the overall aim of making visitors more aware of mans place in the universe.
    Le Bioscope, 68190 Ungersheim 03 89 62 43 00
    bioscope@compagniedesalpes.fr
    www.lebioscope.com

    Comments:

    "A good for a full day, lots to do at this environmental educational fun park. There are shows and many different activities for children, plus a great play area and a maze" (KB, March 2011)

  • Le Centre Nautique, Saint-Louis

    Recommended by Kirstin Barton

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    Three open air pools - an Olympic pool, a family pool with slide and a baby pool.
    Communauté de Communes des Trois Frontières
    Centre Nautique Pierre de Coubertin
    4, rue Saint-Exupéry, 68300 SAINT-LOUIS
    Téléphone : 03 89 67 11 21
    www.cc-3frontieres.fr/centre-nautique-saint-louis.html

  • Winter and Summer Walks

    Recommended by Anne Morin

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    One great thing to do as a family in Alsace is snowshoe walking on the Vosges massif. Le Markstein and very near by Le Grand Ballon are fantastic places to go to in winter. Sledging, skiing, snowshoe walking, throwing snow balls, and even snow kites for the most adventurous ones (teens maybe, or crazy parents !!) In Spring or summer, there are nice walks to do, and great blueberry or rasberry pies to eat at the Hotel du Grand Ballon or at the Ferme Auberge du Grand Ballon. Le Grand Ballon is the highest peak in the Vosges Massif, culmulates at 1424, and offers fantastic views on the Alsatian plain, the Black Forest, the Alps and apparently even peaks in Austria and Liechstenstein (AM, April 2011)

  • Enigmatis, Ribeauville

    Recommended by Anne Morin

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    Enigmatis is open in the summer only and is a open air space with a large maze and a series of shows and games for visitors.
    Route de Guemar, 68150 Ribeauville (+33) 0389418081
    www.enigmatis.fr

    Comments
    "We visited Enigmatis a couple of years ago, near Ribeauvillé in Alsace. The park is like a maize, with clues to sort out. It was organised around the themes of water, air, fire and earth. Local legends were explained too, codes have to be found to go to the next session, some of the challenges are a bit sporty. We thought it was a good day out, maybe not for toddlers but certainly for children who can read. All messages and hints are both in French and German. The park is open in summer." (AM, April 2011 )

  • Zoo de Karlshure

    Recommended by Geraldine Pilard

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    A nice green park with a big zoo (zebras, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, penguins) where you will also find a nice little river where you can rent a boat to enjoy the location, several open air big chess games and a nice playground for children of all ages
    Ettlinger Strasse 6 76137 Karlsruhe, Germany  (+49)  (0)721 133-6815
    www.karlsruhe.de/Zoo

  • Didiland, Morsbronn-les-bains

    Recommended by Geraldine Pilard

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    Situated in Morsbronn-les-bains (about 50km from Strasbourg), Didi’land is an outdoor park with a little restaurant inside. It is medium size park ideal for kids between 2 and 10 with a variety of rides and attractions.
    www.didiland.fr

  • Plan d’eau de Brumath

    Recommended by Geraldine Pilard

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    The Plan d’eau de Brumath is an artificial lake 20 km from Strasbourg at the exit 47 of the A35 highway. The water is of good quality. You will also find toilets and showers. The lake is surrounded by a little forest, an adventure park and a hundred meters from it is a pony club.
    www.facebook.com/brumath.plage.plandeau

  • Ferme de la Ganzau, Strasbourg

    Recommended by Geraldine Pilard

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    Ferme de la Ganzau at Strasbourg-Neuhof is an educational farm for kids from 2 to 5.
    207 Rue Ganzau, 67100 Strasbourg (+33) 0388659891
    http://fermedelaganzau.e-monsite.com

    Comments
    "You will have the opportunity to observe cows, rabbits, chickens, goats and to be told about what they eat and why they are important for." (GP, April 2011)

  • Three Country Corner Bridge

    Recommended by Susie Blandford

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    A family favorite for young children is to walk over the Three Country Corner bridge from Huningue (in France) to Weil Am Rhein (Germany), on the border with Switzerland at Basel.

    Comments
    "On the German side there is a lovely park for children to play in, and a little shopping centre where you can find food if you haven’t brought a picnic!" (SB, May 2011)

  • Laguna Swimming Pool, Weil Am Rhein

    Recommended by Kirstin Barton

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    The Laguna Swimming Pool is just over the border in Germany at Weil Am Rhein (15 minutes from Saint Louis), but easy to get to from Southern Alsace.
    www.laguna-badeland.de

    Comments:
    ”The children enjoy the slides, the waves, the “river” and the outdoor pool. It can get busy in the school holidays, but is a good way of using up some energy on a rainy day. For a full day out, there are more fun activities for children in the area (eg a park, a climbing wall, icerink and so on).” (KB, May 2011)