Camping in Alsace
Historically speaking, Alsace was part of the German-speaking area of central Europe and to this day a large proportion of the population, of all generations, speak or understand Alsacian, a dialectal form of German closely resembling the German spoken in Switzerland. In the last two centuries, Alsace has passed back and forth between Germany and France and back and back again; consequently, it is a region that was not part of France at the time of the makings of the modern-day nation, and has held on to a number of institutional differences, particularly concerning religious affairs. For example, Good Friday is a public holiday in Alsace, but not in the rest of France. In architectural terms, Alsace is definitely Germanic. Descend from the Vosges mountains into the Alsace vineyards and the fairy-tale wine villages and towns which fringe the broad Rhine Valley with the Grand Canal d’Alsace running parallel. Follow the well signed tourist route, the ‘Route des Vins’ and look in on the most picturesque towns – Obernai, Riquewihr and Ribeauville. Strasbourg is the capital, a busy city with a wide industrial girdle and an exquisite medieval centre, now the home of the European Parliament.
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