A great Christmas market, and more
See www.france-voyage.com. A pretty town of pastel-painted and timbered houses on the burbling River Weiss, Kaysersberg is famous for its Christkindelsmarkt (Christmas market), which fills the streets on the four weekends leading up to December 25. There is plenty to enjoy year round, too. On the main drag, stop off at the Eglise de Sainte-Croix to admire the 16thC retable with its flock of gilded figures. At the top of the street, by the carved fa√ç¬µcade of the Maison du Fougeron, follow the lane to a steep path which clambers up to the ruins of the 13thC Château with views across the roof tops to the valley. Among the many fine houses to look out for, there is no missing 16thC Maison Offinger, 88 Grande Rue, with its black-, ochre- and mustard-painted pillars and carvings near the river, and there are pretty views of the conical Chapelle de l’Oberhof from the bridge. A short walk away, the Centre Culturel Albert Schweitzer, 126 Grande Rue, honours the local-born Nobel Peace Prize winner (closed Nov-Easter).