Alsace: Day 3 – Riquewihr + Obernai

by | Aug 24, 2018 | International Travel, Travel

Riquewihr

This little village really looked promising on the drive into town…

driving into Riquewihr

However, once we parked (car lots were 3 for two hours with no option for less time) and noticed bus loads of (mostly American) tourists being dropped off at regular intervals, the town lost a bit of its charm. It’s entirely possible that our brains were tiring of the multiple flower villages we had visited in the last few days but we found Riquewihr to be among the most touristy of the lot. The scenery was on par with other locations but the amount of people dampened our mood.

Riquewihr  Riquewihr

Riquewihr

I did find a shop with some reasonably priced stoneware, however, and once we got off the main drag, the village regained some points for character.

Riquewihr

Riquewihr  Riquewihr

I would recommend visiting if you are in the area but keep in mind that this seems to be a common destination for bus tours.

Obernai

In a complete contrast to Riquewihr, we found a gigantic free parking lot outside the ramparts (with bathrooms) and wandered around town for a bit before we needed to check into our hotel in Strasbourg. Within five minutes we had already been offered free samples of the local gingerbread and coconut macarons!

Obernai's "Six Buckets Well"  Obernai

In the middle of town we visited an interesting cemetery behind the Church of Saints Peter and Paul with a nave representing the Garden of Gethsemane.

Church of Saints Peter and Paul Obernai  Church of Saints Peter and Paul Obernai

Obernai would be a good day trip from Strasbourg if you have a car and a free afternoon.

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Madrid, Spain (Mar)
Valencia, Spain (Mar+Apr)
Palma, Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Long Island, NY (July)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)
Grand Rapids, MI (Nov)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)