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Published on Dec 28, 2007
Among the Rhine and the hills of the Vosges, near the Alsatian plains, centuries of work created one of the most beautiful landscapes and wineries of France. In the Upper Rhine, the villages of Eguisheim, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Hunawihr in Ribeauvillé emerge from a sea of vineyards and are at the same time, the irresistible face of rural and medieval Alsace.
Alsace [and Lorraine], unlike the other French Regions, abound in both French and German influences. The region is situated in mid-eastern to north-eastern France. It is bound to the north by Germany and to the east by the Rhine River [with Germany across the Rhine], to the south by Switzerland and the region of Franche-Comté and to the west by the beautiful Vosges mountains and the region of Lorraine.
Much of Alsace is found on a fertile alluvial plain, between the Rhine River and the Vosges mountains in the west. The lower area, that rises from the Rhine, is checkered with vineyards. The higher slopes are forested and sprinkled with monasteries and old castles.
The region of Alsace consists of the départements of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin. Its principal cities are Colmar, Mulhouse and the regional capital Strasbourg.