You’ve Probably Never Heard of France’s Favorite Village
France just crowned its new favorite village and it’s unlikely that even the biggest Francophile has heard of it.
Kaysersberg, which sits in France’s Alsace region, was crowned France’s favorite village by viewers of a TV program of the same name. After competing with 12 other villages from across the country, Kaysersberg was named France’s favorite of the year on Tuesday night.
The picturesque town of 2,800 people is located in the Haut Rhin region of France, not far from the German border. The area is renowned for its wine and its winter Christmas markets.
A walk around the village will also reveal a variety of architectural styles, dating all the way back to the 13th century. Some of the best buildings in town are very old churches. There’s the Church of Sainte Croix from 1230, the Oberhof Chapel from 1391 and the Chapel of Saint-Alexis, built in the 16th century.
Kaysersberg was established around 1218. It was originally used as a fortress by militaries of the time for its excellent location near a valley. If tourists walk about 10 minutes from town, they’ll find the original fortress castle (built between the 13th and 16th centuries) where they’ll encounter sweeping views of the entire Kaysersberg valley.
Over the past 800 years, the town has evolved, becoming fairly well known for its large variety of prestigious wine caves. It’s often included as a stop on Alsacian wine tours.
For those who want to get a better idea of what Kaysersberg actually looks like, check out some of the city’s street webcams to understand why it was voted France’s favorite village.