Humanist Library of Sélestat, France

Beatus Rhenanus, a German humanist, religious reformer, classical schoolar and book collector died in Strasbourg at the age of 62. When he first noticed his failing health, he made arrangements for his personal library to go to his hometown, Sélestat.

In 2011, this collection was added to the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ register. The library – not only for its rare content, but also for its beautiful interior design – is amazing.

Tickets are € 6 per adult. Be prepared, they also ask for your ‘code postal’, which to my ears sounded like ‘carte postale’, and I said, ‘Non, merci.’ 🙂

For more information, write to: contact@bibliotheque-humaniste.fr

St. George Church in Sélestat, France

One of my fairly new hobbies is collecting historical postcards. I like to browse at Akpool Postcards, especially for cards in the 1 euro boxes before we go on a trip to a certain area. This is how I learned of the town of Sélestat (German name: Schlettstadt).

After our one night in Strasbourg, we drove on to Sélestat, which is on the way to Colmar and only a 20-minute drive.

This postcard shows St. George Church in Sélestat. Unfortunately, an uncirculated postcard shows no date. My guess is that this photo was taken in the 1930s.

The same church, as above, from today’s perspective – in 2019.

St. Georg Church Sélestat

Construction of this church went on for eight centuries (8th – 15th century).

Choosing your ‘sites to see’ based on historical postcards is very interesting.

Strasbourg in February

We spent another weekend in the Alsace region, and as usual, we spent Friday night at a hotel in the center of town.

From the Hotel Cour du Corbeau, it is only a two-minute walk over the canal bridge to get to the flea market on Saturday morning. This time I found only one little treasure (a wooden display case of preserved butterflies). My favorite little coffee shop nearby had also closed its doors for good. We ended up at Starbucks instead. This has been only my second visit ever to Starbucks – once at the Tokyo Airport, and now in Strasbourg.

With a rather light load in my  flea market shopping bag, we took a stroll around and explored some streets we had never walked before. We were also on the lookout for a nice pub to stop by after dinner.

The Strasbourg Cathedral

On one of the many bridges crossing the canal.

… and here we are entering the courtyard to our favorite Hotel – the Hotel Cour du Corbeau.

Eating and Drinking in the Alsace

After having spent 4 1/2 hours on the road (coming from the Frankfurt area), we were ready to have our first meal before checking into our vacation rental.

There are many roadside restaurants. This particular one, the Au Lion only accepted guests for meals. We saw quite a few people turned away, if they only wanted drinks. We were there around 2pm, and yes, they served a lot of lunches around this time.

This was a Flambée Strasbourg, and it was delicious. I had no idea what I had ordered. I think it was the first one on the menu. Yes, I was hungry. The one in the back is a Flambée Chevre.

Tarte flambée Strasbourg

Tarte flambée Strasbourg

Our first day exploring the town and its shops. Most of them were opened until 6pm on Saturday.

street

My husband had the three-course menu ‘Terroir’ at the Hotel Restaurant Du Mouton. We enjoyed every meal around the area. We are not gourmets, and as “Hunger is the best cook”, we can’t be truly objective. But for your average foodie, Alsatian restaurants have plenty to offer.

seafood

We spent some outdoor and indoor time at Bar à bières St Ulrich in Ribeauvillé. We just could not pass the place without doing some beer-tasting each time.

beer-out

This is my last post about our weekend in the Alsace. I will leave in two weeks’ time for another three-day trip to Tallinn/Estonia. I will keep you posted.

Ribeauvillé, Les Vosges Mountains, in Autumn

We had a grand view from the vineyards. Don’t forget to bring a picnic basket. And a cork screw.

sunny-view-over-ribeauville

The main road is lined with mostly half-timbered houses.

Sitting in St.Ulrich, Ribeauvillé

Sitting in St.Ulrich, Ribeauvillé

And yes, I still like rainbows.

rainbow-over-ribeauville

With tourism centered around the wine industry, there are some interesting corners to discover around this small town.

wine-barrels

We had rented this one-bedroom apartment via fewo-direkt.de. The first floor apartment is in a quiet side street off the main road. It was perfect for the two nights we spent there.

One thing to look out for is unlocking the door. The lock is a bit tricky, so I would advise practicing unlocking the door in broad daylight. Do not try to open the door in complete darkness, at least not the first time. Unless you don’t mind cursing on the door steps. 🙂

Ribeauvillé Apt

 

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