If you are on the Alsatian wine road, you should definitely make a detour to Turckheim. This picturesque wine-growing village, not far from Colmar, can boast some of the best vineyards in Alsace. Numerous sights and restaurants invite you to visit and stay.
Turckheim is surrounded by a 2 km long wine trail. On the "Dragon Path" you will learn everything worth knowing about the history of the village and its best wine sites, for example the noble Grand Cru Brand.
Emperor Heinrich VII granted Turckheim the town charter in 1312. Since then the beautiful half-timbered houses have been protected by an impressive city wall. You can get through it via three well-preserved city gates, the Porte du Brand, the Porte de Munster and the Porte de France. On the latter there is also a stork's nest, which is regularly inhabited by a stork couple.
The night watchman's patrol, once in charge of protecting the city by preventing possible fires, perpetuates a tradition that goes back several hundred years. Dressed in his traditional costume, he makes his rounds every evening in summer and his Alsatian song resounds through the streets of the old city. Departure at 10 pm from the guardhouse (see rightside of the picture).
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Turckheim is surrounded by a 2 km long wine trail. On the "Dragon Path" you will learn everything worth knowing about the history of the village and its best wine sites, for example the noble Grand Cru Brand, which has been well known since the middle age. From here you have a view of the entire old town, the Munster valley and the Rhine plain. If the weather is good, you can even see the Swiss Alps in the distance.
The museum of the Battle of the pocket of Colmar relates in a very well documented way, the fierce battle between the allies and the occupier that finally led to the liberation of the region at the end of the Second World War. The museum is located in a magnificent vaulted cellar about 50 metres behind the church. More information under Musée Mémorial.
Almost disappeared from the skies of Alsace a few decades ago, this majestic glider finds here, as in some other places in Alsace, a refuge conducive to his gradual resettlement.
It is often possible to see the storks in freedom on the roof of the Porte de France or in the riverbed. Explanatory panels allow a better understanding of the way of life of this bird and the objectives of stork care.
Vins d‘Alsace Emile HERZOG
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Our wines should be drunk in moderation and appreciated, because excessive alcohol consumption is harmful to health.