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Nestled in the heart of Alsace, between the Vosges massif and the Ried plain, Sélestat is located about forty minutes from Strasbourg.

Sélestat is a city rich in history and culture, its exceptional built heritage places it 3rd among Alsatian cities, after Strasbourg and Colmar. The town has five listed buildings and thirty buildings registered as Historic Monuments, such as the Romanesque church of Sainte-Foy (XNUMXth century), the Gothic church of Saint-Georges (XNUMXth-XNUMXth century) and the Humanist Library.
Obtaining the City of Art and History label brings the Selestadian heritage all the recognition it deserves.

It's no surprise, then, to stumble upon giant steps or lion's paws during your discovery. The giant steps are those of the giant Sletto, whose legend says that he founded the town of Sélestat and gave it his name. As for his four-legged companion, it is of course a nod to the lion which adorns the city's coat of arms. Don't miss the tanners' district with its typical half-timbered houses and pointed roofs.

Another long-standing story, that which links Sélestat to the story of the Christmas tree which is kept in a register of City accounts. Dated 1521, this is the oldest known written mention in the world to date referring to the Christmas Tree.

Sélestat also has an important natural heritage with the Ill*Wald area. Regional reserve where you can observe the largest population of wild deer in France, navigate the Ill aboard a kayak or stroll along the trails.

Let yourself also be surprised by the artistic heritage of the city which organizes different festivals each year (Rock Your Brain Fest, Summer Vibration Festival, etc.) and events such as the Corso Fleuri in August, the Machores carnival in February and Sélest'Art, biennial of contemporary art.

In summary, Sélestat is a town full of charm and history, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It offers a perfect blend of culture, nature and gastronomy, making it a must-see destination for anyone visiting Alsace.

No wonder the city of Sélestat was ranked 15th most welcoming city in France at the 2023 Traveler Review Awards from Booking.com