We stopped overnight at the Aire in Kaysersberg costing €8 for 24 hours, only 2 minutes walk from the town and situated on the Route du Vins d’Alsace. We walked to the bakers for some croissants and a baguette for breakfast, then after breakfast walked back into the town for a look around before setting off on our next leg of the journey home and overnight stop in Verdun.
Kaysersberg is pretty as a picture with its brightly sandstone and wooden houses, hilltop castle, 16th-century fortified bridge and backdrop of sloping vines. We walked up the steps to the remains of the Chateau de Kaysersberg catching glimpses of the town beneath us and then John and I climbed up to the top of the tower for even more stunning views of the town and vineyards.
There are a couple of unusual shops, one selling just beer (for the boys) and another selling lots of anything to do with Christmas (for the girls) including biscuits, cake, gingerbread, tea towels, Christmas decorations and sweets, a little gem of a shop. Oh yes, and there is also an Irish pub!
There is also a museum, housed where the musicologist, medical doctor and 1952 Noble Peace Prize winner, Albert Schweitzer was born, with exhibits on the doctor’s life in Alsace and Gabon (if you like that sort of thing).
This looks a great area to explore and will be putting it on our ‘to do’ list for another time. Cycling through the vineyards, wine tasting and stopping for lunch is a must and it is also possible to walk through glens and vineyards from Kaysersberg.