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Thann

Nestled at the foothills of the Vosges mountains, the town of Thann has a rich heritage that earned it the title as one of the 100 most beautiful destinations of France (Les Plus Beaux Détours de France). The historic town center is spread around the St-Thiébaut collegiate church, a jewel of Gothic architecture. As you stroll along the narrow streets, you will discover 16th century houses, fountains, oriel windows, towers and fortifications dating from the 14th and 15th centuries and the embankments of the Thur River.

Charming villages are set throughout the heart of two valleys in southern Alsace. The routes will lead you to waterfalls and mountain lakes, and will offer you a panorama and a breathtaking landscapes of the Alsace plain to the Bernese Alps. You will be able to take in the beauty of the mountain range by crisscrossing the ridge route.

Thann lies at the start of the 170km Alsace Wine Route and boasts a wine-growing tradition and exceptional vineyards. The route shows idyllic landscapes, cultural highlights and, of course, the vineyards themselves. Set on steep sides of mountains, the unique vineyards produce some of the world’s most remarkable vintages.

Nature

Alsace is home to breathtaking nature, like glacial lakes, the Vosges Mountains, Palatinate Forest, nature reserves, flora, fauna, and more. 
 
Besides this stunning scenery being a backdrop for your cycling, the Regional Natural Park Ballons des Vosges offers many outdoor activity options, like hiking, rock climbing, paddle boating on the Kruth-Wildenstein Lake, and so much more.
 
From the ruins of the Engelbourg Castle, which are accessible only by foot (20 minute walk from Thann center), you can enjoy the views of the Rangen vineyard and the Alsace plain. 

Cultural attractions

Considered one of Alsace’s most beautiful churches, the Saint-Thiébaut Collegiate Church is a Gothic architecture masterpiece that took nearly 200 years to complete (1332-1516). The building has a striking multi-color tile roof and the 78m-tall bell tower holds three bells, the most ancient of which is from 1467.
 
Stroll through the narrow streets of the historic town center and discover the 16th century houses, 14th and 15th century towers and fortifications and Thann's rich heritage.
 
Museum of Friends of Thann is located in a building built in 1519 and is a local history museum. Open June to September.
 
Guided tours of the historic center, the vineyards of Rangen, local artisans are available in July and August.
 
The famous Alsace Wine Route begins at the South Gate (also known as the Witches’ Tower). The rampart tower was built in 1411 and has a unique bulbous roof and contains a permanent exhibition that presents the different terroirs of the Alsatian vineyards and the work of the winegrower, including bore samples that showcase the composition of the Alsatian soils, which are the source of the wines’ riches. Open June to September.

Wine region

Alsace is a famous wine-growing region, with the vineyards situated between the Vosges massif and the Alsace plain. The natural barrier of the Vosges protects the vineyards and contributes to the very Alsace-specific climate.
 
The land has produced wine from the Roman era, through the Middle Ages, to present day and the traditions are a credit to the generations of passionate winegrowers.
 
Rangen is the only Alsatian vineyard to be classified Grand Cru over its entire surface (19 ha). Facing south, it owes its reputation to its unique terroir (volcanic soil) and to its steep, 45-degree slopes, that make it among the steepest and most unique looking vineyards.

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