Straddling the western shore of the Rhine, the Alsace is not quite part of Germany, but definitely worth a visit for lovers of the finer things in life.

A fascinating region, it has changed hands between the German and French half a dozen times over the course of history. Slightly schizophrenic perhaps, this area has a dual personality taking in elements from both its German and French heritage, so you’ll find an interesting mix of cultures and influences, as well as world class restaurants with the famous Sauerkraut or Choucroute dishes on the menu and lovely crisp local wines too.