The historic region of Alsace in northeastern France is an intriguing place to holiday, unique from other parts of the country. Located on the Rhine River plain, bordering Germany and Switzerland, it has distinct German and Swiss influences and is famous for its beer, its sauerkraut and its Alsace Flammekueche. In addition to the foodie favourites that Alsace has to offer, visitors are enchanted by the architecture. Characterised by half-timbered buildings, it's rather like stepping into a storybook. Many of the properties are painted in whimsical colours, and lots have local symbols and decorations on the doors heralding the family trades. For example, the charming Auberge du Cheval Blanc has pretty pink shutters on all the windows. While on holiday here, whether it's a family holiday in France or a romantic weekend in France, popular attractions include Strasbourg Cathedral, a trip to the medieval centre of Colmar, a tour of Cite de l'Automobile (which has 122 Bugattis), an exploration of the Alsatian Vineyard Route or taking in the mesmerising Mont Sainte-Odile Abbey. Hotel Restaurant Le Cerf is a particular favourite for those who want to enjoy the pleasant walk above the hotel to a small chapel among vineyards.