Today I have Tiphanya from Avenue Reine Mathilde sharing her 5 Reasons to Visit Alsace with Kids. Tiphanya is French and has a three and a half year old daughter. After traveling through Europe for a year, her family decided to stay for awhile in Alsace. They have spent three months in the north part of the region and now will stay 2 years in the Alsatian city of Mulhouse before they begin their travels anew.
We will be traveling to Alsace in November, so Tiphanya’s post is very timely for us. We are looking forward to our visit and she has provided us with some very useful information. Hopefully you will find some new reasons to visit Alsace with kids as well.
When Europeans think of Christmas markets, they have in mind Germany, Austria, and Alsace. Not France, just Alsace, the small region located on the German border. What many fail to realize is that this region can be an amazing destination all year long, especially for families. Here are some of our favorite destinations to enjoy in the area.
1. Two lively écomusées
These are both a must-see on a trip to Alsace if you want to know more about the history of the area. The écomusée d’Alsace is an open-air museum with a mouthwatering bakery, 70 authentic old rural houses to explore, fresh milk to taste (just after the milking show) and storks everywhere. Very exciting to spend a day in the life of historical Alsace.
If you are more interested in actual history than everyday life, go to Wesserling. There is an industrial museum of textiles linked to gorgeous gardens. The property is enormous with a chateau, mansions, farm, and the Textile Museum. In 2015, Peter Pan was the inspiration for the gardens, and they designed the site complete with a pirate boat and an Indian village. You can play or dress up in the museum, or you can run and walk barefoot in the gardens. This is my favorite place in Alsace!
2. Great and simple food
Even if Paris and its gourmet restaurants are a dream for parents, many kids prefer basic and simple food, so they might prefer Alsace. The main local dish is the tarte flambée (called in the area Flammekueche) which is a type of pizza with bacon, onions and cream. If you wish to try a more complex dish, you’ll want to find potatoes and sausages called choucroute.
For street food, you’ll want to try the bretzel (a kind of salty bread) or the Mauricette (a sandwich in a small salty and soft bread).
Be sure to head inside any bakery or pastry shop to try one of the numerous tasty desserts: le kouglof (a kind of brioche), the fruits tarts (like the rhubarb with the meringue on the top of it), or the pomme de terre (a funny pastry that looks like a potato).