Village de Kaysersberg, Kaysersberg, France 

France has named Kaysersberg as its favourite village in the country in this year’s edition of Le Village Préféré des Français, a programme airing on channel France. It’s easy to see why it took the title. This picturesque medieval village is situated between Riquewihr and Colmar in the Haut-Rhin department of Alsace in north-eastern France, along the Alsace Wine Route.

It’s famous for its half-timbered houses and quaint cobbled streets, set in a valley surrounded by vineyards and with forested hills rising above the town. The high fortress that dominates the village serves as a reminder of both its strategic importance and its historic identity – together with the rest of Alsace, Kaysersberg was part of Germany between the Franco-Prussian War and the First World War.

It’s also one of the finest vine-growing areas in the region – the first vines were brought here from Hungary in the 16th century, and wine production is still an important aspect of the town’s economy today, especially the pinot gris variety.

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