Another charming Wine Route stop
See www.france-voyage.com. Another small town delight on the Wine Route with part of its medieval walls, gates and moat intact. There is a fine Renaissance Hôtel de Ville, pretty half-timbered buildings hung with geraniums and wrought-iron signs, and ubiquitous bear motifs: the bear is the town’s mascot, and alludes to the local legend that a grape-munching bear persuaded villagers to plant the first vines.
You can drink in the atmosphere, sample the local wines (those from the Frankstein hills are highly recommended), take horse-drawn carriage rides, and walks along vineyard and forest paths (check with the tourist office for details).
The 12thC Chapelle de Saint-Sebastian has a particularly grand carved baroque altar; further west, Château de Bernstein commands terrific views.