• Alsace is France’s smallest administrative region (old map) and is mainly hills and a valley wedged between the Vosgnes Mountains to the West and Germany’s Black Forest to the east.
  • Climate: semi-continental - cold winters, sunny, dry, and hot summers - lowest rainfall in France
  • Strasbourg, Alsace’s largest city, is one of four de facto EU capitals (The EU’s seven institutions are housed among the four de facto capitals: Brussels, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Strasbourg)
  • Alsace has changed hands between France and Germany four times throughout history, which helps explain the Germanic influence in the food, culture, wine, architecture, among many other things
  • The stork is the symbolic regional animal
  • Strasbourg has one of Europe’s largest Christmas markets, some even consider it the capital of Christmas
  • The region boasts numerous chateau, notably the Chateau Haut Koenigsburg
  • There are 33 Michelin-starred restaurants in Alsace
  • Alsace is home to choucroute, tarte flambee, coq au riesling, tarte a l’oignon, charcuterie, riesling & sweet dessert wines, Munster cheese, Kugelhopf dessert
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