Destination guide

Haut-Rhin is France, but not as you know it

Haut-Rhin is a department of Alsace, which runs along the German border and is named after the Rhine River. This is a whole different side of France. Architecturally, it shares more in common with its neighbor Germany than the rest of the country, with colorful half-timbered homes. In fact, when you stay at a Haut-Rhin vacation rental, you'll be within easy reach of 3 of the 'most beautiful villages of France'. Fine museums, rich Alsatian cuisine and spectacular national parks all get thrown into the mix, making it one of the country's most celebrated vacation spots. There's great wine too…well, this is still technically France, after all.

Things to do

Celebrated museums and chateaux in Haut-Rhin

Staying in a Haut-Rhin vacation rental in the pretty town of Colmar? You won't want to skip one of France's most celebrated museums – the Unterlinden Museum – which houses a large collection of national and international artwork in the walls of a 13th-century convent. It's perfectly complemented with a visit to the Musee Bartholdi, which is dedicated to the life of the French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi. The ruins of Chateau de Kaysersberg are well worth an afternoon, as is the museum village of Ecomusee d'Alsace, which showcases traditional 19th-century Alsatian architecture.


Outdoor fun in the Haut-Rhin countryside

The biggest draw to Haut-Rhin is the charming villages, but those in the know are heading out of the busy tourist towns to explore the wonderful Alsatian countryside. If you have a rental car, you could pack up the family and a hamper of French goodies and drive out for a day walking in the hills. The Alsace has a long history of wine making and a day spent learning about its production, and tasting some excellent vintages, is not time wasted. Alternatively, you can drop into one of the equestrian centers for a day of horseback riding.


Visit Haut-Rhin in spring or fall

For the best climate, you can't beat the sun-soaked summer months between July and August. Don't expect to be the only ones vying for the department's attractions though. The fine weather draws in national and international crowds, who come to explore Alsace's pretty villages. If you fancy skipping the queues and don't mind taking a calculated gamble on the weather, spring or fall can be a wonderful time to visit. If you're in luck, the sun will still be shining, the prices of Haut-Rhin vacation rentals will have taken a dip and you won't find such long queues for the museums.

Natural features

Outstanding natural beauty in Haut-Rhin

Every inch of the Alsace countryside is achingly beautiful, but for the cream of the crop, try the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park, an area of outstanding natural scenery. The protected area of woodland, wetland and pastural lands is home to several historical sites but the biggest draw is the long list of wildlife species. Be sure to bring you binoculars because you'll be in with a chance of catching a glimpse of peregrine falcons, keeping a beady eye out for prey as they circle overhead, as well as elusive lynx, large cats which slink around in the woodland and mountain ridges.

How to get there

How to get to and around Haut-Rhin

The nearest airport is in Mulhouse (MLH-EuroAirport), located 21.6 mi (34.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Basel (BSL-EuroAirport), which is 21.6 mi (34.8 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Bollwiller Station, Raedersheim Station and Staffelfelden Station are the main stations in the area.

Where to stay around Haut-Rhin?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,021 vacation rentals near Haut-Rhin. From 541 Houses to 679 Chalets, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Haut-Rhin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Haut-Rhin?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Haut-Rhin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Colmar: 1,182 vacation rentals
  • Riquewihr: 1,110 vacation rentals
  • Eguisheim: 1,003 vacation rentals
  • Mulhouse: 106 vacation rentals
  • Ribeauvillé: 1,162 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Haut-Rhin! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Haut-Rhin?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Haut-Rhin:

  • Colmar: 1,182 rentals
  • Riquewihr: 1,110 rentals
  • Eguisheim: 1,003 rentals
  • Mulhouse: 106 rentals
  • Ribeauvillé: 1,162 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Haut-Rhin?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Haut-Rhin are:

  • Bale Mulhouse Airport (MLH): 112 vacation rentals
  • Houssen Airport (CMR): 1,599 vacation rentals
  • Strasbourg (XER-Boulevard de Metz Bus Stop): 727 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Haut-Rhin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Haut-Rhin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Stade de I'lll: 290 rentals
  • Zillisheim Station: 249 rentals
  • Kayserberg Castle: 2,393 rentals
  • The Dominican Church: 1,606 rentals
  • Alscace Ecomuseum: 962 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Haut-Rhin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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