Things to do when camping in Bas-Rhin
If you are enjoying a camping holiday in Bas-Rhin with friends, family or your significant other, you will discover that this lovely department of the Grand Est region offers so much to do. In beautiful countryside where nature commands attention, in typical Alsatian villages and towns, in the medieval castles and in the fantastic city of Strasbourg, you’ll find everything you’ll need for the perfect camping break.
Blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna, the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park is a great starting point for adventures in the outdoors. A day in the park, explored on foot or by bike, will take visitors through flowery fields, enchanting woodland and green meadows, with the chance to see lynx, boar, deer and much more wildlife. Although mostly ruinous, the medieval remnants of Lichtenberg Fortress, Fleckenstein Castle and La Petite-Pierre Castle offer an insight into the department’s history.
For holidaymakers who love to go hiking, the region known as Le Hohwald should be your destination of choice. Along with lovely landscapes, the area features the Cascade du Hohwald waterfall and the Champ du Feu plateau.
One of the best ways to learn about the heritage, traditions and way of life in the region is to visit one or more of the many well-preserved towns in Bas-Rhin. Our best pick would be Obernai, a blissful village filled with traditional hal-timbered houses, as well as sightseeing opportunities like the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. Wissembourg, Molsheim, Hunspach, Hoffen and Seebach also merit a visit.
Several other traditional villages can be found dotted along the famous Wine Trail, a 170km route that stretches through both Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin. Along with enjoying wine tasting and tours at many of the trail’s wine cellars, vineyards, wineries and authentic Alsatian taverns, holidaymakers can visit the enchanting towns of Dambach-la-Ville, Andlau and Mittelbergheim.
For lovely views that look out over one section of the Wine Trail at Orschwiller, campers can climb the hill that the marvellous Haut-Koenigsbourg castle sits atop. Built back in the 12th century, the castle features impressive interiors that can be discovered on a guided tour.
Serving as the capital of the Grand Est region, Strasbourg is a brilliant place to visit if you like to spend some time in an urban environment while enjoying an outdoor holiday. Simply wandering through the city’s streets and appreciating renaissance and gothic architecture will make you fall in love with Strasbourg. A selection of good tourist attractions here include the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, Palais Rohan, the Alsatian Museum, Grande Île, Barrage Vauban and Parc de l'Orangerie.