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Surrounded by vineyards and cradled by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine to the east, Andlau is a quiet medieval village on the 'Routes des Vins' Alsace in Northeast France. Thirteen vintners call Andlau home, producing superbly dry and fruity wines with Grand Cru designation. The moderate climate creates blossoms in March and April. Vendage/grape harvest is September to October. December sees outdoor Christmas Markets with spiced, warm, wine.
More than a French Apartment
As others have in centuries past, we too were drawn to this place beside the Andlau River. We selected and furnished this French apartment for our personal use while living and working in Europe. We take great pleasure in sharing the apartment, and our knowledge of the area, with other independent travelers. Consider the village your garden. Within steps of the front door you can walk pathways along the Andlau River and climb through the vineyards to embrace the broad vistas from the gazebo.
There are post office, bank, cash machine, bakeries, restaurants, grocery, convenience store, and tourist bureau-English spoken. Wednesday morning is market time at the village fountain.
Originally a Benedictine Abbey dating from 1642, and a private residence since the last century, the apartment is two floors up in a four-storey building. In 1990's the interior was modernized into 12 apartments. A National Historic Monument, the exterior was restored to its original 17th century facade.
Our apartment is tastefully decorated containing everything you need to live comfortably and prepare meals as you wish. It is 40 meters sq./435 sq. ft. with an L-shaped great room - the fully-equipped kitchen/dining area open to the living area, with a comfortable, double, pull-out couch. The one bedroom has twin beds. Linens and towels are laundered for you.
A Room With A View
The apartment windows look south into the Abbey Courtyard and views
beyond to verdant val d’ Eleon.
The Abbey’s romanesque frieze is noted in the Michelin Guide and attracts small groups of travelers who seek the stories revealed of early Roman life.
We have been entertained by the glory of the Abbey bells that chime the hour, and on special occasions, by the music and pageantry of fashionable society weddings, concerts, and Bastille Day ceremonies, glimpsed from our windows onto the courtyard below. If you are a light sleeper or you are not used to bells, you may wish to take precautions.
Tour de France cyclists have whizzed past in a flash of colour, beginning a spirited ascent of the Vosges!
The walled, cedar-filled courtyard at the front of our building is a place to reflect on the day’s journeys.
Hiking and cycling are popular in the vineyards and Vosges mountains. Two castles are within easy walking distance in the forests above the apartment.
Alsatian picnic fare can be gathered from half-timbered shops along cobblestone streets; the perfect choice for a day of castle, vineyard or mountain touring. Medieval villages are strewn along the wine route and offer strolls through walled towns.
Strasbourg is the seat of the Parliament of Europe and one of our favourite cities. It offers 'La petite France' quarter, boat tours on the River Il, museums, the Strasbourg Cathedral, shopping, the arts and fine dining.
Day trips into the Black Forest of Germany are a feast for the senses. The flower-filled markets and the casino, concerts and Baths at Baden-Baden delight.
The Spirit of Place
Pagan walls and the ruins of Celtic temples lay in the surrounding forests. The tiny chapel of the archangels clings to the top of Mount St.Odile- a shrine for those seeking vision. These speak the spirit of this place. Here, life is imagined and dreams lived... for another millennium.
How To Get There
The nearest airports are at Strasbourg/Entzheim (15 minutes) and Baden/Karlsruhe (45 minutes). You can fly via Air France from Paris to Strasbourg/Entzheim aiport or from the UK to Karlsruhe at very reasonable fares and rent a car at the airport. We fly into Frankfurt, rent a car and drive 2 1/2 hours south to Andlau or you can take the Lufthansa bus from Frankfurt airport to Strasbourg train station (2 1/2 hours) and rent a car there and do the same in reverse if returning to Frankfurt.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week long stay in Andlau at "The Abbey".
The little town itself is delightful, and is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and other little towns to explore. Day trips to Strasbourg and Germany were lot's of fun. The apartment had everything we needed, including a washer & dryer. And we highly recommend the local restaurants, especially the local bakery.
My wife and I had a perfect week in Andlau in an apartment and village as beautiful as described.. The character apartment is a very good size, totally charming and we were very comfortable.. It was spotless and had all the comforts and amenities of home. The location in the village could not be better and Andlau itself is just an easy half hour by car to Strasbourg. We enjoyed terrific walks in the vineyards and forests as well as drives down the beautiful route de vins, not to mention some very good meals in Andlau's restaurants. Thanks to the owners for all their prompt communications and attention. Highly recommended..
I'm a bit late in getting to this review and I hope the owners will forgive me. My husband, adult son and I stayed in this flat for ten days in June of 2010 and we could not have been happier with everything. The apartment is fitted out with everything you could need for a home base to discover the beauty of the Alsace region, which is quite over-whelming. Everything is modern and up-to-date in this ancient building. We were really happy about the full-size bathroom and washer and dryer. The village of Andlau is endlessly charming. Walking the roads and discovering nooks and crannies of gardens full of sweet flowers as well as coming upon benches for a stream-side picnic are all part of the joys of staying in this town. Wine tastings just across the street at the Jean-Wach shop with its very engaging owner added to the experience. With our car rental we could easily visit all the nearby towns, which are one after another vignettes out of time. It is also a close drive to Strasbourg. There were no down-sides for us, but for people with handicap issues--there is no elevator so this would not be the right rental for you. Also before you go make note of the times of the opening and closings of the local shops and restaurants so you can come with some provisions or time your arrival to purchase them. We did not take that into account arriving after shop closings on a Saturday. However, at the local town fair we met quite a few very kindly people, one of whom arranged to meet us back at the fair with a pint of milk so we could have coffee. All-around wonderful trip of a life time and a superb value for money.
Lots of wine tasting and restaurants within walking distance, great hiking nearby. A pleasant place to stay in a beautiful region of France.
The apartment is in a lovely setting across the courtyard from a medieval church. It is comfortable, tastefully decorated, and has all the conveniences of home. Andlau is a story book village in a valley with lots of vineyards and wine tasting, close to little shops, boulangeries, and lovely affordable restaurants. Perfect for hiking, cycling, and picnicking. We recommend this apartment and would love to return there someday.
Wine Tasting, Castles, Antiques, Festivals, Christmas Markets, Concerts, Art Galleries, Baths and Spas, Europa Park. Thermal baths and spas in Hohwald, Alsace and in Baden-Baden Germany 45 minutes
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