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27 campsites in France, Alsace

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The attractive village of Kruth lies in a valley in the southern part of the hills and forests of the Vosges in excellent walking country...

Camping du Canal may be in Kembs, in French Alsace, but it’s also on the border of Switzerland and Germany. The Dreiländereck monument – which...

Stretching alongside the Ill river in urban Colmar, this site has 150 unseparated pitches, 120 for touring, arranged on terraces. Due to the danger of...

This campsite is located on the Alsace Wine Route on the edge of the forests of the Vosges offering an ideal opportunity to discover the...

Le Giessen is a member of the Campéole group and can be found at the foot of the Vosges mountains, with easy access to many...

Situated 30 km from Strasbourg and the ‘Route des Vins d’Alsace’, Camping Au Clair Ruisseau combines the attractions of big city life, the beauty of...

This charming site on the southern edge of the town of Saverne has a relaxed and quiet feel thanks to its grassy open spaces and...

Reopened in July 2015 after a lengthy refurbishment, Camping Indigo Strasbourg is a beautifully designed and built, brand new city site in south-west Strasbourg. During...

This is an attractively situated, inexpensive site, amidst the mountains and forests of northern Alsace, not far from the German border. There are good views...

In the small village of Lièpvre, this peaceful and relaxed municipal site is very well cared for and has won tributes for its floral displays...

A good quality municipal site with a resident warden, facilities at Wasselonne include a well-stocked small shop, a crêperie in season and the added bonus...

The village of Eguisheim, ‘cradle of the Alsace vineyards’, lies on the Alsace Route des Vins to the west of Colmar. The three châteaux from...

Capfun Suzel is a family site with 135 level pitches (120 for touring) of generous size, numbered and mostly separated by trees and shrubs. All...

Only ten kilometres from the Swiss border and within walking distance of a small village, this is a pleasant, traditional site. It has 138 level...

Camping du Ried is situated on the edge of a small, picturesque village and has 100 touring pitches (with 5A electricity) amongst the 120 rental...

Kaysersberg Municipal campsite is in a leafy location by the river, just outside the centre of town, a perfect location for exploring the Alsace wine...

In a pleasant island situation between the Rhine and the Canal d’Alsace, this site has views across the river to Breisach in Germany and is...

Masevaux is a pleasant little town in the Haut-Rhin department of Alsace, just north of the A36 Belfort-Mulhouse motorway. The neatly mown 110 pitches for...

The fascinating Medieval town of Ribeauvillé on the Alsace Route des Vins is within walking distance of this attractive, quietly located site. Popular and well...

This attractive site is located in the Munster Valley, on the Alsatian side of the Vosges. The park has 30 attractive, wooden chalets in six...

Alsace

Not so far away from the UK and with plenty of charm, excellent campsites and unspoilt scenery, it’s a mystery why Alsace is not right at the top of the bucket list for many British campers and caravanners.

A little background

For centuries Alsace has been fought over with the Romans, the Ottomans, the Germans and the French all seeing it as theirs at various times.

It is widely regarded as the Germanic region of France, with Germany to the north and east, and German-speaking Switzerland to the south. Indeed, many inhabitants speak the Alsatian dialect, a form of German similar to that spoken in Switzerland. It's certainly a unique mix of Germany and France. Some would say the best bits of both and you can see why that is not as flippant as you might think.

Alsace has two départements, both geographically similar, with Strasbourg the capital of the Lower Rhine (Bas Rhin) and Colmar the capital of the Upper Rhine (Haut Rhin). Alsace is bordered by the mighty Rhine river and the pretty Vosges mountains and if you look beyond the frothy flower-filled window boxes that festoon out into the streets, so you'll see a magical destination for a marvellous holiday.

You'll see a charming landscape of rolling hills where the undulating slopes, carpeted in leafy vines and dark forests, resemble gentle waves. The hills link picture-postcard villages that seem to leap from the pages of a Victorian picture book, with narrow streets lined with ancient timbered houses rising up above street level from the enticing little shops to the precariously balanced storks' nests on the rooftops.

As a camping holiday destination, it packs a big punch for a relatively small region with a colourful array of tempting gastronomy, amazing wines, rich history and plenty of cultural heritage.

Camping in and around Alsace

Despite not being at the top of the wishlist for many Brits, there are fantastic campsites throughout Alsace. The Lower Rhine region alone has over a hundred campsites. Whether you're towing a caravan or in a motorhome, Alsace is easily reached, accessible from the main northern France ports, so you could be setting up camp with no need for an overnight stop.

The natural beauty of Alsace provides incredible instant backdrops for most campsites, so it's not hard to find a beautiful setting. And the whole region is extraordinarily pretty, with its woodlands, meadows, quaint villages and relaxed sense of history. Whenever you stay there is plenty of year-round appeal: outside the summer months, late summer and autumn is a great time as the vineyards go about their business. The winter offers wonderful walking and hiking in the hills, skiing too, as well as the obvious appeal of Christmas markets and the undisputed charm of any number of villages decked out for the festive season. Spring sees the countryside erupt in a frenzy of growth and is perhaps Alsace at its prettiest.

Tent campers are well looked after with good-sized, grassy pitches, often in delightful areas of the campsite reserved for tents. This works well, with no danger of being jostled by a large motorhome or in the shadow of a touring caravan. Facilities tend to be excellent (though there are fewer of the large-scale campsites that you'll find on the coast) and you can generally order your morning baguettes and croissants from reception each evening.

Those fancying some glamping are also well catered for, with many campsites offering attractive accommodation like yurts, ready erected tents (safari tents, bell tents and so on), as well as the popular roulottes (a take on the traditional Romany caravan).

Strasbourg

Capital of Alsace and one of France's most stunning cities. It's steeped in European institutions, not least the European Parliament, the European Ombudsman, the Council of Europe, the Court of Human Rights and more. The Grand Ile in the ancient centre is officially recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and the magnificent Gothic cathedral is perhaps its architectural highlight.

Colmar

Crammed with timber-framed buildings, Colmar oozes charm, especially in the old quarter. Stroll along the little streets among the old houses and little squares and maybe pop into the Unterlinden Museum, a collection of artworks from medieval times up to today, set in a lovely 13th-century cloister.

Castle Country

This is a hilly region where in times past the obvious thing for a would-be ruler to do was build a castle on the top of a hill. Surrounding the castles are numerous legends, ancient forests and age-old traditions. The Alsace Castle Route is a great way to get a sense of the history of this often turbulent region.

Haut-Konigsbourg castle

One of the great castles of France, dating from the 12th century and key to protecting trade routes.

Hohlandsbourg castle

Constructed in the 13th century, this castle provides amazing views over the Alsace plains and the Vosges, even as far as the Alps on a clear day.

Ortenbourg castle

This castle, accessible only on foot, is well preserved and was one of Alsace's key defensive positions. With dense forest all around, the views from the tower are fabulous.

Château de Kintzheim

Built in the late 13th century, this dramatic castle features a sturdy tower and defensive walls. The bird of prey sanctuary is fascinating.

Landskron castle

On the Swiss border in the Jura, this 13th-century castle has sweeping views across the valley, and the crumbling remains of the ancient dungeon and the chapel are very atmospheric.

Alsace is a truly unique corner of eastern France and a quirky mixture of French and German culture and architecture. Situated between the rushing Rhine and the mighty Vosges mountains, it is a patchwork of dense forests, verdant pastures, gentle valleys and vineyards. It’s a region dotted with sites that witnessed a turbulent past: ruined castles perch atop hills, and Le Struthof, France’s only concentration camp, squats stark and sinister in the north of the region.

The town of Colmar has a distinctly German feel, its houses timbered and painted in bright colours, its bridged river lined with flowers and its German Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance buildings. It’s a beautiful place to become acquainted with and to try traditional Alsatian cuisine such as ‘fleishschnacka’, fresh egg pasta stuffed with meat, onions and herbs. Other typically Alsatian villages such as Hunawihr and Eguisheim have been granted a place among the ‘most beautiful villages in France’, and a visit makes it easy to see why.

The varying terrain of Alsace, alongside its distinctive identity, make this region a joy to discover for walkers and cyclists looking for history, architecture and a healthy sprinkling of local folklore.