« AU BOIS LE SIRE » in Alsace

Publié le : 17 avril 2024

I°) The establishment :

The Logis Au Bois Le Sire welcomes you to the Val d'Orbey, a real corner of paradise in the Haut-Rhin. Forests, pastures and mountain lakes offer visitors magical landscapes and a multitude of hiking opportunities.

When you step through the doors of the hotel restaurant, you'll discover a family-run estate with over 50 years of history, where you'll receive a warm and friendly welcome from a team that's always ready to listen and take care of its guests.

We have 36*** rooms, including 12 in the two-storey hotel section and 24 very quiet single-storey air-conditioned rooms in the motel section (next door).

The cosy atmosphere of our restaurant, and the quality of our refined local cuisine, will contribute to your happiness.

To make the most of your stay and discover our region in the best possible conditions, we invite you to come and relax in our wellness area.

Sauna, Hammam, Jacuzzi and fitness room are available for our guests. You can also call on our masseuse for well-being massages.

Our indoor heated swimming pool is open all year round, and we undertook a major renovation in January.

II°) What to see in the region :

We're ideally situated to cater for all your needs.

Discover the famous Alsace Wine Route, criss-crossing the vineyards, or climb the mountain roads to the top of the many passes.

Alsace is a small region, but one of great diversity. Given its historic past, it is a region with a strong identity and a rich cultural and gastronomic heritage.

One of the first things to do in Alsace is to explore the villages, which seem to have retained a touch of the Middle Ages. Visitors are fascinated by their typical architecture. Four communes have captured the hearts of television viewers and have been awarded the title of "France's Favourite Village".

Whether you're visiting the picturesque medieval town of Kaysersberg, strolling through the concentric streets of Eguisheim or looking out over the vineyard slopes from the ramparts of Bergheim, you'll never see the time go by!

From spring onwards, balconies and terraces are adorned with the emblematic geranium, a colourful plant that is very popular in the region, and goes perfectly with the brightly-coloured half-timbered houses. This decor can also be found in certain districts of larger cities.

How can you talk about big cities without mentioning Strasbourg? Strasbourg is the capital of the historic Alsace region and one of the three "European Capitals". The European quarter, symbol of Franco-German reconciliation, is home to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. The city centre has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Strasbourg cathedral, with its 142-metre spire, is the second-highest cathedral in France.

Mulhouse is another of the region's capital cities. What was once one of the leading industrial centres has become the "European capital of technical museums". Mulhouse boasts a number of technical museums, including the world's largest automobile museum, the Musée National de l'Automobile. There's also the Electropolis museum, devoted to electrical energy, and the Cité du train. The latter two are recognised as the most important in their fields in Europe.

Let's move on to the "capital of Alsace wines", Colmar. This is a city of art, where you can see a number of historic buildings, an ancient collegiate church, several convents, a theatre, canals and the Koïfus, the city's oldest public building. Don't forget to visit the Musée Unterlinden, world-famous for its display of the Issenheim Altarpiece. A little anecdote: this is the birthplace of Auguste Bartholdi, creator of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

There are also plenty of sites to visit, one of the best known being Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, the most visited medieval castle in France. If you like going back in time, don't miss the Ecomusée in Ungersheim, which is set up like a real village from the early 20th century. We can't ignore the tragic past of this region, both French and German. There are many museums, memorials, battlefields and even the infamous Struthof, the only concentration camp on French soil.

There are two very well-known routes in Alsace. The first is the Route des Vins, which stretches for 170 kilometres and crosses the region from Thann to Marlenheim. Meet passionate winegrowers and be dazzled by the incredible scenery. The second is the Route des Crêtes, 88 kilometres long and oscillating between the Vosges and the Haut-Rhin. There are no more vineyards here, just lush green mountain landscapes with passes and massifs. Don't worry, you'll find plenty of farmhouse inns along the way. There's nothing like a local lunch to restore your strength.

III°) Local event to promote - Visit partner or producer :

A 5-minute bus ride from the hotel will take you to :

1°) The Haxaire cheese dairy, where you can see how Munster cheese is traditionally made, visit the maturing cellar and sample the cheeses.

2°) The G.Miclo distillery, which offers a guided tour of the distillery (history, still room and ageing cellars) followed by a tasting of their production.

3°) In summer, each village in the canton offers farmers' markets with tastings of local produce. In Orbey, this will be on Wednesdays at the end of the day: "Le marché des saveurs d'en haut" will offer snails, cold meats, cheeses, vegetables, etc. produced in the valley.

Around ORBEY

Sports activities at Lac Blanc: skiing in winter, downhill cycling in summer, rail sledging, hiking.... Le Sentier Pieds-Nus: a highly original 1.2km barefoot walk in the heart of the forest, fun and educational. The Lac Blanc Adventure Park: set in the heart of the Vosges forest at an altitude of over 1,000 metres. An accrobranche park for sports enthusiasts of all levels.

The Linge memorial site and museum: commemorating a First World War battle, you can visit a museum and trenches paying tribute to the soldiers who took part in the confrontation.

L'espace des Métiers du bois et du Patrimoine: A huge museum dedicated to the woodworking trades. A fascinating tour led by volunteer guides who are brimming with anecdotes.



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