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Eguisheim, a medieval village in france’s alsace wine region
photo credit: @throughtheeyesofmaru
surrounded by vineyards, nestling in a fold of green hills, eguisheim (egsa) is a lovely, perfectly preserved timber-framed village situated in the haut-rhin department in grand est region, north-eastern france.
founded in the 8th century, eguisheim is endowed with numerous half-timbered houses dating from the 12th to the 17th century with colorful shutters.
located along the alsace wine route, eguisheim has been listed since 2003 as one of "the most most beautiful villages of france" (les plus beaux villages de france), a french association created to promote the tourist value of small rural villages rich of a notable heritage.
in may 2013 it was also voted the «village préféré des français» (favorite french village), an annual distinction that passes from town to town throughout france.
the historic village, built with narrow streets arranged in concentric circles all around its castle, plunges the visitor into the middle of the renaissance. it's pleasant to wander around the cobbled streets full of beautiful old half-timbered houses with geranium-bedecked wooden windows and balconies.
eguisheim is the supposed birthplace of bruno d'eguisheim-dagsbourg (1002-1054), a former bishop of toul, who became pope léon ix. you can see his statue in place du château in the centre of the town.