France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Ribeauvillé, Alsace, France Guide
A medieval wine-making town crowned by a ruined medieval castle.... How romantic can you get! It's an easy ride from Selestat to Ribeauvillé.

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Ribeauvillé, a wine-making town 18 km (11 miles) north of Colmar, 17 km (10.5 miles) southwest of the train station in Selestat (map) at the foot of the Vosges mountains, is among the prettiest and best-preserved of the Alsace wine towns.

Besides wine, Ribeauvillé is known as the minstrels' town, having had a Festival des Ménétriers coinciding with the church festival Nativité de la Vierge for the past six centuries. (The festival is still celebrated on and around the first Sunday in September.)

Parts of Ribeauvillé's medieval defensive walls survive, and three castles loom on its outskirts. The Gothic churches of St-Gregoire and St-Augustine are worth a look.

Larger than charming Eguisheim, Ribeauvillé has more and larger wineries and wine shops, restaurants and boutiques, and a bit more bustle.

With its castle looming on the hill above, its numerous colorful traditional festivals during the year, and its many streets lined with noble half-timbered medieval buildings, Ribeauvillé is a fine place to get a taste of Alsace, its history, cuisine and wines.

Hotels & Inns

Ribeauvillé has more than a dozen places to stay in and around the town. Here's a hotel map:

Transport for Ribeauvillé

Ribeauvillé is on the Kut'zig Tourbus route of Alsace wine villages. More...

Public Buses

Buses from the Gare Routière (bus terminal) next to the Gare de Colmar SNCF, are mostly for commuters, with a bus or two from Colmar in the morning, a bus around noon, and lots of buses in the late afternoon (for commuters going home to their villages), so check schedules in advance. These buses do not run on Sunday.

Take Fluo Grand Est Bus 106 (Colmar - Route des Vins - Ribeauvillé) or Bus 109 (Colmar - Ribeauville - Saint Hippolyte) for 6 stops to the Gare de Ribeauville SNCF. The trip, operated by Voyages Lucien Kunegel, takes about 26 minutes.

Many TER trains running between Strasbourg and Colmar stop at Selestat (map), from which you can take a TER Fluo Grand Est Bus the 17 km (10.5 miles, 24 minutes) to Ribeauvillé. Buses depart the Gare Routière (bus terminal, next to the Gare de Selestat train station) a few minutes after the arrival of certain trains. There are 8 buses daily.

Tourist Information

Ribeauvillé's Office de Tourisme covers the town and also many nearby villages, including Aubure, Beblenheim, Bennwihr, Bergheim, Guemar, Hunawihr, Illhaeusern, Mittelwihr, Ostheim, Riquewihr, Rodern, Rorschwihr, Saint-Hippolyte, Thannenkirch and Zellenberg.

Office de Tourisme du Pays de Ribeauvillé-Riquewihr
1 Grand'rue, BP 90067 (map)
Tel: +33 (3) 89 73 23 23

Alsace Wine Route


What to See & Do

Hotels in Colmar

Tourist Information

Transport for Colmar

About Colmar

About Strasbourg



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The Château de Saint-Ulrich looms above Ribeauvillé from its perch on a mountaintop
in the Vosges.

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