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If I only had one day to explore the Sundgau, I would start with Altkirch, its capital !
The layout of the streets in the center of this ancient medieval town has not changed since the Middle Ages! We take pleasure in discovering them on foot. Between two historic buildings, old guard tower, fountain, old door, etc. a street-art work full of colors points the tip of his nose. Two circuits exist to discover the heritage and the frescoes, according to the preferences of each. Depending on the day you come, take a trip to Sundgauvien Museum to learn more about the history of the region, or at CRAC - Rhenish Center for Contemporary Art - which offers three different exhibitions each year. Another curiosity to see: an individual created in an old shop, a small world of model trains… Ideal for families and for model enthusiasts, who will enjoy watching them parade!
Do you like worship? Visit theNotre-Dame church, where the castle of Altkirch was located at the time. There are still some vestiges behind the church. In the lower town is also the Saint-Morand Priory, another building that you can reach via a marked path from the center in about fifteen minutes.
Do you like to walk? That turns out well ! Push up to rue du Roggenberg, all you have to do is climb… but the view is worth the effort: a superb panorama over the roofs of Altkirch and in particular that of the Museum with its colorful tiles.
If you are passing on a Thursday or a Saturday morning, a tour of the market is inevitable to buy some local products… and why not make a small snack?
Another idea for lunch: fried carp ! It is the typical Sundgau dish. The carp is cut into steaks, fried with wheat semolina, and served with fries. It is plentiful and delicious. Many restaurants offer it all over the country. Our suggestion to kill two birds with one stone: the train station restaurant in Hirtzbach, to make a good meal and then digest while walking around the english village garden, two steps away. This magnificent park, designed by Baron Charles de Reinach, is a peaceful place with its many trees, small ponds ... and its cooler, a construction that you do not see every day!
Another beautiful church, Romanesque this one, is to see in Feldbach, not very far from the Flowered Route. It's even the Romanesque gem of Sundgau. A stop is essential to discover the interior.
Another possibility, past Hirtzbach: take direction Largitzen and stop at the next village, Friesen. One of the oldest half-timbered houses in Alsace is located there, and a whole route exists to discover the village. From there, go up the Largue valley to Dannemarie. A leisurely walk along the canal, discovering the canal bridge or the ladder of locks, will be a great way to end the day.