Both Riquewihr and Kaysersberg are, to me, very touristy - as in tour buses full. Ribeauville is more spread out and has some quieter areas. Small villages (I'm thinking Bergheim, Hunawihr, Saint-Hippolyte) are much quieter but may not have enough for you see when you walk around. But bear in mind that they're all very close - Bergheim to Ribeauville is a 5 minute drive. There's always a vitner (or 10) to visit within a few minutes most anywhere. So keep looking around to find what in particular interests you.
I think you might like Bergheim.
I love Obernai. It's charmingly lacking in all the kitch of so many of the other tourist towns.
Thank you. This was helpful to know that those towns are busy during the day but not in the morning or evening. Good thought.
Thank you. I will check out Obernai.
Obernai is indeed very nice and very convenient to Rosheim, Andlau and Mt. St. Odile, but not much closer to the Eguisheim-Turckheim-Colmar-Kaysersberg-Riquewihr-Ribeauville axis than Strasbourg. The OP didn't say how long she has to stay, but if it's a week or more, two locations would work well.
Im only staying 4 nights so would like a central location so we could take day trips to Colmar and the Route du Vin. Is there a place south of Obernai you'd recommend? I'd like a small cute town but not overloaded with tourists. I'd like to be able to walk around in the town. Thanks so much for your help.
IME, the tourists do not make it difficult to walk around the town, and if you are doing day trips from your base village, you will have plenty of time to explore it in the morning and evening and become a tourist in somebody else's cute and small village in the afternoon!
Obernai is just as "touristy" as the small villages of Alsace, IMO, so I would not elevate it to a different level. Frankly, in August, you will have plenty of company of your fellow tourists. It is what it is.
We stayed in Ottrott this past June, which is about a 10 minute drive South of Obernai, so obviously very convenient in terms of access. We drove South to Colmar and visited many villages along Route de Vin. We also did a day trip to Strasbourg on a Sunday, which worked out famously in terms of low traffic, plenty of free street parking and magnificent church bells of the Cathedral calling to Sunday service. On the somewhat negative, shops were closed but one cannot win them all. And I digressed here.. :)
In Ottrott, we stayed at Hotel L'Ami Fritz which we found in Karen Brown's Guide. It was pleasant. Food was more German then French but (1) we could have dined elsewhere and (2) I digress yet again! :) Ottrott itself is very small with only so many hotel rooms available so, hopefully, would not be "overrun" with tourists. While one can certainly stroll the few streets, there are not that many to stroll and there is essentially no commerce to window shop.
Of the famous four, Eguisheim is the prettiest, IMO.