On the border with Germany, this land has been greatly disputed over ownership in the past. This change of nationality has given the region a cultured mix of Latin and Germanic influences. It is a quaint place known for its wine routes.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, this area was acquired by the Allemans until they were driven out by the Franks. The 12th and 13th centuries were considered the golden age of Alsace as it prospered under the Hohenstaufen Emperor. This was a period of urbanization and sophistication as well as a rise of a wealthy merchant class.
During the 1500s, Alsace was caught between warring Catholics and Protestants and turned to France for assistance. By 1648, most of the region was under French rule. However, after the 1870 Franco-Prussian war, it was ceded to Germany. France won the region back after Germany's defeat in WWI.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The Castle of Lichtenberg
The Unterlinden Museum?
Strasbourg Fine Art Museum
The Chocolate Museum?