Exploring the Lower Rhine region of France

One of the oldest French regions is the Lower Rhine. It is very densely populated but there is some magnificent countryside to see also picturesque villages and ruined castles. It is quite heavily forested and the climate here is ideal for vineyards so it is a big wine-producing area.

In the Alsation region there are some great ruined castles to see. One is on the hills over-looking the town of Wissembourg and there are more in the Selestat area. There are also some fantastic churches to visit including the 12th century Abbey church of St. Martin at Marmoutier and one in the village of Neuwiller-les-Saverne. The village of Hunspach is in the North Vosges park and is a beautiful spot to see.

West of Selestat is the 12th century Chateau Haut-Koenigsbourg. This castle has survived countless sieges and changed hands between the Germans and the French many times. It is really like a fairy tale castle to look at. There is a 350km trail through the Vosges Regional Nature Park which starts near here at the village of La Petite-Pierre.

Strasbourg is in the Lower Rhine region and this city was once the capital of Europe. It is actually a UNSCO world heritage site. There are many museums and art galleries to visit in the city. The famous Rohan Palace in Strasbourg houses three museums dedicated to art and archeology.

There are many places to stay in the area to suit every budget from small bed and breakfasts or camp-sites to first class hotels. There is plenty available car rental as well, for getting about the area. The cuisine in the Lower Rhine region is fantastic and you can sample the different tastes of both German and French cooking. Again the area caters for all budgets in the cuisine department.