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Today we travelled further afield on the Route des Vines.

Our first stop was the small walled town of Bergheim – the town of the witches. The town existence dates back to Roman times and was known as Veredum. After its occupation by the Romans, Bergheim formed part of the lands owned by the Duchy of Alsace. However, over its history like Alsace its ownership changed hand so many times.

Around the town are the fortifications of Bergheim which date back to medieval times with well-preserved towers and gates which we enjoyed walking around in the sunshine. The town was small and compact and very quiet.

We then continued along the route through pretty villages before heading up into the hills to see the Haut Koenigsbourg. The castle sits on a 757m bluff and dates back to the 12th century. The castle was in ruins until it was heavily restored in the 20th century by German Emperor Wilhelm II to its former glory. It had on good days’ panoramic views across the Alsace plain and the Vosges. Signed to the castle as usual in France not very good.

We continued on as far as Barr (a town dying on its feet) through another series of charming villages before heading back to base.



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