Alsace, France

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, Alsace

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, overlooking the Alsatian plain, dates from 1147.

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, Alsace

Haut-Koenigsbourg was reconstructed by Emperor Wilhelm II in 1900.

Ribeauville, Alsace

Ribeauville is one of the picturesque towns on the Alsatian Wine Route.

Riquewihr, Alsace

Riquewihr, on the Alsatian Wine Route

Kayserberg, Alsace

Kayserberg, also on the Alsatian Wine Route


Strasbourg, on the French side of the Rhine, is the major centre of Alsace.

Colmar, Alsace

Colmar, on the Lauch River in Alsace, was founded in the 9th century.

Colmar, Alsace

Colmar's architecture reflects both German and French traditions and influences.

Black Forest, Germany

Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg is a major Black Forest commercial and university centre.

Freiburg architecture

Freiburg dates from the early 12th century.

Lake Titisee, Germany

Lake Titisee is surrounded by the dense forest which gives the region its name.

Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle,  atop Mt. Hohenzollern, elevation 855 metres (2,805 feet).

Hohenzollern Castle

The Hohenzollern Castle complex was reconstructed in the 19th century.

Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle also surveys its surroundings from atop the Swabian Hills.

Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle was reconstructed between 1840 and 1842.

Lichtenstein Castle

The welcome mat is out at Lichtenstein Castle.


Rhine Falls

The Rhine Falls in northern Switzerland are 150 metres (490 ft) wide.

Lucerne, Switzerland

The Reuss River contibutes to central Lucerne's beauty.

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

Lucerne's covered Chapel Bridge from 1333 had to be replaced in 1993 after a fire.

Lion Monument, Lucerne

The Lion Monument for Swiss Guards massacred in the French Revolution.

Pilatus Bahn, Mount Pilatus

The 4.6 km cogwheel railway up to Mount Pilatus is the steepest inthe world.

Mount Pilatus Meadow

Meadows on the way up Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus Trails

Trails on Mount Pilatus

Lake Lucene from Mount Pilatus

Lake Lucerne as seen from the summit of Mount Pilatus

Alphorn Serenade

Alphorn serenade at cable car middle station

Steamer on Lake Lucerne

Lake cruise steamer on Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne as seen from Merlischachen

Christmas Tour Differences

Obernai at Christmas

ALSACE:  Obernai, one of the towns on the Alsatian Wine Route

Obernai street at Christmas

Obernai at Christmas

Obernai street Christmas lights

Obernai Christmas street decorations

Alsatian Wine Route Christmas market

At a Christmas market on the Alsatian Wine Route

Wine Route Christmas market

Wine Route Christmas market stalls

Strasbourg at Christmas

Strasbourg, "Capitale de Nöel"

Strasbourg at Christmas

Strasbourg building decorations for Christmas

Strasbourg at Christmas

Strasbourg lane at Christmas

Strasbourg at Christmas

Playful Christmas decorations in Strasbourg

Strasbourg at Christmas

Strasbourg in the evening

Colmar at Christmas

Colmar, the other large town on the Wine Route

Colmar at Christmas

Colmar building decorations for Christmas

Black Forest winter scane

BLACK FOREST: Snowy winter scene

Black Forest in Winter

Black Forest village in winter

Hohenzollern in winter

Hohenzollern Castle stays open through the winter.

Lucerne at Christmas

SWITZERLAND:  Christmas in Lucerne

Lucerne at Christmas

Giant Advent Calendar in Lucerne

Lucerne at Christmas

Christmas street decorations at night in Lucerne

Lucerne at Christmas

Boat decorated for Christmas in Lucerne

Lucerne at Christmas

Christmas in Lucerne