Riquewihr, the pearl of the Alsace Wine Route


One of France's most beautiful villages, Riquewihr is a picturesque town in the heart of the Alsace vineyards. This medieval town attracts many visitors every year. tourists to discover its cobbled streets and its half-timbered houses. It is also very popular due to the beauty and diversity of its landscape.


What to do in Riquewihr France?

Here is a list of activities you can do with your family or friends during your trip to Riquewihr

Visit the wine village of Riquewihr in Alsace

Located on the famous Alsace wine route which crosses the most beautiful vineyards of the region, Riquewihr is surrounded by vineyards classified as Grands Crus. Already in use in the 8th century, these vineyards have shaped the town and earned it the nickname of the pearl of the Alsace vineyards.  

This city is the perfect stop-off point for all lovers of fine wines. Here you can discover the best Alsatian grape varieties (Riesling, Pinot gris, Muscat, Gewurztraminer...) and you can taste the different local wines Hugel et Fils, Domaine Laurence et Philippe Greiner, Dopff au Moulin, etc.

Visit the town hall and the historical centre of the village of Riquewihr

The first must-see in Riquewihr is a visit to the town hall and historic centre. Take a stroll through the narrow streets and admire the half-timbered houses perfectly preserved. Don't hesitate to stop at one of the many shops selling local produce to discover the specialities of the region such as Alsace wine, gingerbread or the famous pretzels.

Visit the Museum of Communication in Alsace

If you are interested in the history of the region, do not miss the Museum of Communication in AlsaceThe museum traces the history of the post office and telecommunications. You can discover collections of stamps, coins, and old phones and typewriters, as well as temporary exhibitions on various themes.

Visit the Dolder Tower 

The Dolder Tower has been classified Museum of France in 1921 and traces the history of the town from the 12th to the 18th century. During your visit, you will learn about Riquewihr's passive and active defences, such as weapons, gateways and fortifications, as well as the different occupations of the tower's occupants. From the top of this building, you will also be able to see breathtaking view on the whole city and the plains of Alsace.

Going to the Christmas market in Riquewihr

If you are in Riquewihr for the Christmas breakSo don't miss this famous market organised in honour of this festival. It takes place every year during the Advent period until the end of December. During this event, the whole village is transported into a unique and magical atmosphere. The streets are illuminated with colourful garlandsand animated by various games and concerts. The inhabitants decorate their half-timbered facades and windows with beautiful decorations, and set up numerous stands to showcase the craft industry and the local culinary specialities.

Hiking in the wilderness

The town of Riquewihr also has a number of hiking trails for nature lovers. For example, you can take the sentier des Ménétrierswhich offers magnificent views of the surrounding vineyards and villages. Cycling enthusiasts can also explore the Colmar canal cycle pathwhich links Colmar to Strasbourg via Riquewihr.

What other Alsatian village to visit in the vicinity of Riquewihr?

There are some magnificent villages to discover in the around Riquewihr as :


Hunawihr is a small village located just 2.5 kilometres from Riquewihr. It houses the famous fortified church Santiago le Maggiorewhich dates back to Roman times. You'll also find exceptional botanical gardens such as the garden of the Butterfly where over a hundred exotic butterflies from Africa, Asia and America live. This place also contains an incredible wealth of flora, as well as bees and ants.

Other not-to-be-missed activities in Hunawihr include a visit to the NaturOParc and the Grands Crus wine trail.


Ribeauvillé is a medieval village famous for its castles and fortifications. It is located about 5 km from Riquewihr and is home to many incredible tourist sites and monuments such as the Saint-Ulrich castleon Girsberg Castleon Shrine of Our Lady of Dusenbach...

During your visit, you can also stroll through the Main roadTake a picture of yourself in front of the Butchers' Tower or do a tasting session in one of the wine estates of the city.

How to visit Riquewihr ?

The best way to make the most of your trip and not miss any of the city's iconic sites is to take the on foot. You can start at the Rue Général de Gaulle, which leads to the town hall, and continue to the Dolder Tower. You can also visit Riquewihr by bike or in your own vehicle.


Claudia Bernard

Claudia turned her passion for travel into a sustainable lifestyle by becoming a digital nomad. She explores the globe while working remotely, offering practical advice for those who want to combine work and a passion for travel. Discover her tips for finding the best work spots, managing jet lag and living a balanced nomadic life.

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