Ever Been to Itterswiller?

Of all the well-known villages of the Alsace, you may wonder how I stumbled upon a place called Itterswiller. Well, instead of consulting tour books, I get all my travel tips from fellow bloggers like you. There’s nothing like real-life experiences and up close and personal pictures for gathering information. So I look to you to find places that fit my criteria—that being places with indescribable charm, places that are peaceful, and places with beautiful scenery, along with opportunities for good food and wine of course! Thus, I found Itterswiller.

Such a small, quiet village really but filled with adorable charm. No tour buses or crowds to be found here. Thus, we visited twice. Located at the foot of the Vosges Mountains on the Alsatian wine route, this village of flowers with a four-star ville fleurie classification (the highest) has endless opportunities for hikes in the majestic countryside. Nearby, is the 13th-century Château d’Andlau, which can be reached by a moderate hike of two to three hours round trip from the village of Andlau.

We returned to Itterswiller one evening to eat dinner at a winstub called la Winstub Arnold that looked inviting and cozy, plus it was yellow! Before dinner, an adorable parade of vintage trucks was making its way through the village. My husband was delighted, like a kid in a candy store.

Dinner was very enjoyable as I had the most delicious jambon with mustard of my life paired with a great Gewürztraminer wine! The small, intimate Hôtel Arnold located just across the street from the winstub is surrounded by vineyards and peaceful views of the mountains. I was intrigued as the winstub staff were running back and forth between the restaurant and the hotel with bottles of champagne. It looked like a dreamy place to stay for a night or two.

With so many villages yet to discover, I’m not sure if I will ever make it back to Itterswiller. But I hope you do.

À bientôt!

What to Eat in the Alsace

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From the boulangeries and pâtisseries to the charming, relaxed winstubs, one will not go hungry in the Alsace. Be it the hearty stew known as Baeckeoffe (a meat and potato casserole) to the Flammekueche (also called tart flambée, a delicious thin-crust pizza with cheese, bacon, and onions) to the ham with mustard to the choucroute (sauerkraut with ham and/or sausage) to the Munster cheese—not to mention the Kougelhopf, bretzels, and cookies—the Alsace has a lot to offer. It’s a good thing we were active on our visit, between biking, running, and hiking, to burn off some of those calories.

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Boulangerie

 

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Ham with mustard at Hôtel Arnold Winstub

 

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Alsatian Flammekueche

 

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Baeckoffe

 

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Choucroute

 

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Hôtel Arnold Winstub

And to further tempt us, free cookies were being given out all day at the pâtisseries in Riquewihr, the village where we were staying.

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Yes please!

 

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Gorgeous sign in the village of Eguisheim

 

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A winstub

And for dessert . . .

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Kougelhopf of course!

À bientôt!