Eguisheim is a colorful village with just under 2,000 residents in north-east France that looks like something straight out of a fairytale. The winding cobblestone streets are lined with traditional medieval half-timbered brightly-painted buildings.
It is located in the Alsace wine region and is one of many quaint towns on the Route du Vin (Wine Route) through eastern France. The entire village can be easily seen on foot as you follow the cobblestone streets through a compact maze of residences, restaurants, shops, and historical sites.
In 2013, Eguisheim was voted Village préféré des Français (Favorite French Village), an honor bestowed upon a different town in France each year.
The village is also a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages of France) Association.
The majority of visitors are French and many others are from the neighboring countries of Germany and Switzerland.
Our visit was part of a road trip from Switzerland to Belgium. And of course, due to its recent honors and distinctions, visitors are coming from all corners of the globe to experience the charm of this beautiful and historic village.
Eguisheim has over 800 acres (339 hectares) of vineyards and is known for being the birthplace of the Alsace industry of viticulture. Its micro-climate is perfect for wine-growing.
There is quite a bit of history packed into this small village. Pope Léon IX was said to have been born in this region. A stature honoring the Pope can be found in the village’s main square- Place du Château. The fountain beneath the statue was built between 1834 and 1836, and is the largest of four in Alsace.
Besides wine, the other thing that Eguisheim is known for is the storks!
As you wander the streets, be sure to stop by the many shops to sample local meats, cheeses, and wine! There are also several shops you can peruse to pick up locally made souvenirs to remember your visit or to take back home to loved ones.
The nearest train station is Herrlisheim près Colmar, located approximately 2 miles (3.5 km) away. It’s best to have a car during your visit, if possible, as it also allows you to visit some of the other nearby beautiful Alsace villages, such as Riquewihr (stay tuned for our write-up on this popular village).
Although brief, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Equisheim. It provided us with the beauty, charm, and appeal we crave in a small town.