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“Ruined by tourism”
Review of Vieille Ville

Vieille Ville
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Riquewihr
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
UK
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38 reviews
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“Ruined by tourism”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

It is a pretty village but the ravages of tourism have totally ruined it (it has to be seen to be believed). There are many lovely villages all around that are far nicer and have not suffered in the same way. Alsace is lovely, Riquewihr , sadly, is not. Stay anywhere but here.

Visited August 2014
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Gilbert, Arizona
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“Colorful Historical French Wine Village”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Riquewihr is a gorgeous village in the heart of French Alsace wine country. The views in every direction are magnificent. They include miles of vineyards, rolling hills, castles and, of course, the resident storks. This is a lovely place to take a stroll on the old cobble-stone streets and take in the details of the centuries-old buildings, mostly with timber frames. So picturesque and colorful, it is candy for the eyes. And the original wall surrounding the city is still almost all intact, which I found really cool. If you go, don't miss out on the Flamme Tarts and a bottle of Crement (the Alsace version of Champagne) on the patio at one of the street-side cafes and the excellent pastry shops.

Visited July 2014
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Belfort, France
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61 reviews
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“Avisit to Riquewihr”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Beautiful old village most houses well kept, gorgeous cobbled streets, and some lovely garden areas, many nice restaurants/cafes.

Visited August 2014
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Nazareth, Israel
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“So beautiful and insperational”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

a preserved medieval town. Picturous, as if you entered a picture of a beautiful French town (which it is)

Visited July 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“One of the most beautiful villages in Alsace.”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Along other villages like Kaysersberg, Eguisheim, Turckheim and to a lesser degree Ribeauville, these places are typical old medieval towns with ramparts dating from XII-XIII century, rough cobbled stone roads, colourful timber framed houses (none of them straight) with a pinkish coloured granite stone used for the basements. Over the centuries,this region was German and/or French many times over, so there is a big German influence in the buildings design and way of life. All these villages are surrounded by hills covered in vineyards (white wines of course).
In Riquewihr, do not forget to visit this beautiful shop selling a huge range of Xmas decorations (many hand made) called " Feerie de Noel"; it's a must see.
We were there in Summer and there was a fair amount of tourists, but nothing like in winter during the Xmas markets we were told. By the way, most locals speak German, French and Italian but not many did speak good English, so be prepared.
There is a tourist train to visit the old town for those of you who have difficulties in walking.
Great little village with lots of Alsatian cuisine restaurants.

Visited July 2014
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