Directions to Maison Bellevue holiday rental
By car: From Paris 4h30, take the east highway to Strasbourg, Colmar then Munster or over the mountains, Nancy, St Die, The Schlucht then Munster
By train: Paris Gare de l’Est to Colmar: 3h00
: Zurich-Basel / Basel-Colmar: 3h00
: Frankfort-Strasbourg / Strasbourg-Colmar: 3h30
Colmar to Munster: regional train: 20’. Collection from the station can be organized.
Basel-Mulhouse EuroAirport: 1 hour to Munster-Alsace
Strasbourg Airport: 1 hour to Munster-Alsace
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Welcome to Alsace
Alsace is one of the smallest regions in France but has an enormous amount to offer to tourists. This area was at the forefront of many battles and became alternately German or French but it has managed to combine the better of these two cultures.
In summer, Alsace reveals its most beautiful landscapes from its castles to its vineyards. While in winter, it is often covered with a delicate layer of snow. During the whole of December the famous Christmas markets transform all the towns and villages with lights, and where the delicious smell of biscuits and mulled wine create an unforgettable and delicious experience.
The Alsatian villages will always inspire you. You will discover walled villages, half-timbered houses built during the Middle Ages or the Renaissance under the watchful eye of the storks, the emblems of the area.
To organize your stay in the heart of Alsace, beyond walks in the villages and hikes in the plains, mountains and vineyards, many activities are available in the area: the Volerie des aigles (Eagles Park), visit the Haut Koenigsbourg castle and swimming in the lakes. The Ecomusée, the Schlumpf Collection national car Museum, the Printed textile Museum and much more as Alsace has 110 Museums.
Vacation rental Maison Bellevue is located in the heart of the Munster Valley.
Our Holiday House is situated on the slope of a hill in the small town of Munster, between the Regional Natural Park of Ballons des Vosges and the Plain of Alsace. With more than 350km of hiking and VTT trails in the vicinity, nature lovers will be delighted. Through the forests, lakes, roads and trails you will discover exceptional views over the plain of Alsace, the Black Forest or even the Alps on a clear day.
The city of Munster, dating from the thirteenth century and famous for its cheese products and its storks, offers a relaxed lifestyle and an insight into the authentic daily life of its inhabitants. Its cultural heritage attracts many visitors. While walking through the shopping streets you will find the ruins of the St Gregoire monastery, the Catholic Church St Léger, the Protestant church, municipal parks with remarkable trees . We advise you to stop for a break in the pâtisserie Gilg a member of the prestigious International Relais Dessert.
Munster cheese is a soft cheese with a very pronounced flavour and an AOC (Appellation d’origine controlée) certification. Its origin dates back to when a congregation of Irish monks established a monastery in Munster. We still call the artisan producers of this cheese Marcaires, who continue to make the Munster cheese in the long established traditional hand made way. Each May 25th, you can experience the festival of this tradition: The transhumance and join the Marcaire who leave the village to take their herds of cows up onto farms in the Hautes-Vosges Mountains to graze on the lush pastures that give a unique richness to this cheese. The herds come back to the villages in October, when this festival is repeated. Today, farmhouses on these farms have become popular as inns for hikers who stop to enjoy a Marcaire meal and other local specialties including liqueur de gentiane, tarte aux myrtilles (blueberry tart) Munster cheese and Siaskass (a young Munster cheese with kirsch and sugar).
The white stork is the mascot of Alsace. The marketplace of Munster has the largest number of stork nests on the roofs of houses in all Alsace. This large migratory wader has seen its population decline lately, but in Munster they continue to thrive throughout the year.
Another “must-visit” is the Schweitzer Museum located on the outskirts of Munster, which is the home to the famous 1952 Nobel Peace winner, a generous man of many talents: pastor, philosopher, physician, African humanitarian and JS Bach specialist.
The newly opened “Maison du fromage” is an interesting place to learn all about the process of making the Munster cheese and is located in walking distance from the Albert Schweitzer Museum and the African art collection.
Sites to visit during your stay at vacation rental Maison Bellevue
Munster is located 20 km from the beautiful city of Colmar. A city of art and culture, Colmar is known worldwide for the Unterlinden Museum with the Isenheim Altarpiece, a masterpiece of Mathias Grunewald. Modern art meets medieval at revamped Unterlinden by the renowned architects Herzog et De Meuron and attract thousands of visitors . Colmar has preserved its medieval old town center dating from the 13th century with abundant shops and traditional restaurants called “winstubs”. Also check out the Auguste Bartholdi Museum in the Tanners precinct, dedicated to the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty.
Close by, you will find the villages of the famous Alsace wine route. From Thann (68) to Marlenheim (67), the Route du Vin stretches over 170kms through villages and steep vineyards, ruins of medieval castles. In authentic cellars, local producers offer tastings of the Alsatian wines including the famous Riesling, Pinot noir, Crémant, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. From your holiday rental at Maison Bellevue, Turckheim is a close by village offering wine tastings by an excellent range of producers.
High above Munster you can visit the remnants of WW1 frontlines, cemeteries and their museum at Le Linge, a moving experience for most visitors. From Munster you can also make day trips to Strasbourg (1 h), Mulhouse (45 min.), Basel in Switzerland (1 h), Freiburg in Germany (1 h).