R03 Round trip Ribeauville
Published: 05/12/2020
Alsace is located in the far north-east of France, between the mountains of the Vosges and the Rhine. In the past, France and Germany often changed their money when it came to this area. Then it belonged to Germany again, then to France again. You still notice that. The region still has many German (own) niceties. The hearty German food, the dialect and the many flower balconies, they all refer to the other side of the Rhine.

Ribeauvillé is a tourist attraction. Many alleys, squares and shops. Colored houses, winegrowers, cafes and restaurants. So one more night in this beautiful town, but first a nice tour. Soon after your departure from Ribeauvillé you will cross the 1st of 8 cols that are included in the route today, namely Col de Fréland. The route winds through the beautiful French landscape and you also pass through some towns such as Ammerschwihr, this wine town has 1,892 inhabitants and is part of the arrondissement of Colmar-Ribeauvillé. Great opportunity to take a picture of these French-German towns. After driving about 75 kilometers, it is time to stretch your legs and provide the inner man with a treat. You are then on the Col de la Schlucht, this mountain pass owes its name to the German word Schlucht, which means mountain gorge.
After coffee it goes towards the Col du Haut Jacques, where you can stop for a moment with the monument of the US 3rd Infantry Division. This memorial commemorates that the US 3rd Infantry Division liberated the Col du Haut Jacques between October 20 and November 10, 1944, at the cost of 148 dead and 822 wounded. After driving another 70 kilometers, it's time to stop again, you can do this at the snack bar in Saint-Michel-sur-Meurthe. After the stop, meander further and successively cross the Col d'Urbeis, Col de la Charbonnière & Col du Kreuzweg, after a short 2 hours drive, you arrive in Le Hochwald, where Auberge a l'Ancienne Grange is located. Nice restaurant to eat and / or drink something.
After this last stop it is still a small 50 KM to meander to Ribeauvillé, but first Col du Schaentzel, once in Ribeauvillé, refuel and go to the hotel, where you can still enjoy the day while enjoying the French delicacies. .

Because I have ridden most of this wonderful to drive route, I rate this route with 4 stars. Enjoy the beautiful views.
Col de la Schlucht
Useful links:
Ribeauville, Au Cheval Blanc
Auberge a l'Ancienne Grange

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Grand Est (French: [ɡʁɑ̃t‿ɛst] (listen); Alsatian: Grossa Oschta; Moselle Franconian/Luxembourgish: Grouss Osten; Rhine Franconian: Groß Oschte; German: Großer Osten [ˈɡʁoːsɐ ˈʔɔstn̩]; English: "Greater East") is an administrative region in Northeastern France. It superseded three former administrative regions, Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine, on 1 January 2016 under the provisional name of Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (pronounced [alzas ʃɑ̃paɲ aʁdɛn lɔʁɛn]; ACAL or, less commonly, ALCA), as a result of territorial reform which had been passed by the French Parliament in 2014.The region sits astride three water basins (Seine, Meuse and Rhine), spanning an area of 57,433 km2 (22,175 sq mi), the fifth largest in France; it includes two mountain ranges (Vosges and Ardennes). It shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland. As of 2017, it had a population of 5,549,586 inhabitants. The prefecture and largest city, by far, is Strasbourg. The East of France has a rich and diverse culture, being situated at a crossroads between the Latin and Germanic worlds. This history is reflected in the variety of languages spoken there (Alsatian, Champenois, and Lorraine Franconian). Most of today's Grand Est region was considered "Eastern" as early as the 8th century, when it constituted the southern part of the Francian territory of Austrasia. The city of Reims (in Champagne), where Frankish king Clovis I had been baptized in 496 AD, would later play a prominent ceremonial role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the coronation of the kings of France. The Champagne fairs played a significant role in the economy of medieval Europe as well. Alsace and Lorraine thrived in the sphere of influence of the Holy Roman Empire for most of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and subject to competing claims by France and German over the centuries. The region has distinctive traditions such as the celebration of Saint Nicholas Day, Christmas markets, or traditions involving the Easter hare in Alsace and Lorraine. Alsace-Moselle are furthermore subject to local law for historical reasons. With a long industrial history and strong agriculture and tourism (arts, gastronomy, sightseeing), the East of France is one of the top economic producing regions in the country.
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