Selestat Tour

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Tours in Selestat

A rich heritage to be discovered!

To visit Selestat means discovering the third largest city in Alsace for its rich architectural heritage, after Strasbourg and Colmar.

Located in the “Grand Est” region, Sélestat is one of the 202 cities in France with the specific label “art and history”. These cities are committed to keep and sustain the architectural quality as well as the living conditions by enhancing the beautiful environment. Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Selestat are the three cities in Alsace to be labeled.

Located below the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle and the Alsatian vineyards, the city of Selestat will seduce you with its half-timbered houses, its superb buildings from the Alsatian Renaissance period as well as other “must-sees”, often unknown to the Alsatians themselves.

Let’s go on a tour in this Alsatian city which will reveal its historical treasures as we stroll along!

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Tour of the picturesque city center of Selestat

The mysterious “lady” with a secret charm

Tour duration: 2h

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During this tour in the city center of Selestat, we will walk through the streets in search of typical buildings of the Alsatian Renaissance.

We will also discover the churches of “Saint Foy” and “SaintGeorges” which have survived the centuries to surprise us with their beauty and their somewhat incredible history, including the story of the “Mona Lisa” of Selestat.

One of the oldest districts of the city will welcome us for a surprise tasting as well as a return on the traces of the witches of the 17th century.

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The Humanist Library of Selestat

A heritage listed as a UNESCO Memory of the World register.

Tour duration: 1h

One of the highlights of a tour to Selestat is to enter “the book cathedral” that is the Humanist Library of Selestat.

Restored and redesigned by the architect Rudy Riccioti (also the architect of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, the MUCEM in Marseille), the Humanist Library, a true vessel of stone and glass, houses the one and only library of a humanist that has remained intact on French soil.

This humanist, lover of the “Belles Lettres” and books, is known as Beatus Rhenanus. He was born in Selestat and was, for 17 years, the director of the publications of Erasmus, the prince of the Humanists.

The tour, which lasts about an hour, will take us into the intimacy of Beatus Rhenanus and the books that fascinated and shaped him.

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The House of Bread

The association of flavours and scents of yesteryear

Tour duration: 1h

This tour in the headquarters of the old bakers’ guild of Selestat, will take us back into the history of bread and bakery specialties.

The building, located near the “Hotel d’Ebersmunster” and the Humanist Library, was the headquarters of the Selestat bakers’ guild, whose first known “rules and regulations” date back to 1462.

The museum of the House of Bread contains treasures of the history of baking in Alsace, like molds dating from the 18th century such as the swaddled infant.

A tasting of “bredeles” (Alsatian cookies) will end the visit in beauty. During Christmas time, in the whole month of December, the House of Bread of Selestat offers you a unique speciality, the flaky tree. This specialty pays tribute to the oldest written mention of the Christmas tree dating from 1521 and coming from Selestat.

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Testimonials

EN – Testimonial Robert – Gainesville (Florida)
DO NOT miss this tour! Leila offers the very best presentation and explanations of beautiful Sélestat - as well as an interactive and engaging history of the area.. Her...
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Robert
DO NOT miss this tour! Leila offers the very best presentation and explanations of beautiful Sélestat - as well as an interactive and engaging history of the area.. Her passion, knowledge, sharing and personalization of the tour make it way beyond 5 stars. I am Very happy to have taken this tour and to have made a new friend! Merci Leila 😃
EN – Testimonial Robert – Gainesville (Florida)
Robert
Gainesville (Florida)
EN - Testimonial Maphrida - Zürich (Suisse)
This was a really incredible experience. Leila shared such an insightful perspective on the heritage of Sélestat, which gave me an appreciation for the buildings and history that...
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Maphrida
This was a really incredible experience. Leila shared such an insightful perspective on the heritage of Sélestat, which gave me an appreciation for the buildings and history that I wouldn't have had otherwise. There is just so much value and beauty in understanding the history and knowing the story, and Leila translated that through the tour. There were some really memorable moments during the tour, including some personal touches. Leila inspired you to feel a connection to history and people who played a part in creating it. Would definitely recommend 🙂
EN - Testimonial Maphrida - Zürich (Suisse)
Maphrida
Zürich (Suisse)
EN – Testimonial Alexandru – Bucarest (Romania)
Leila's experience transformed Selestat into an unexpected highlight of our tour of Alsace. She is not only a talented storyteller, but also a very empathic person that makes sure you ...
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Alexandru
Leila's experience transformed Selestat into an unexpected highlight of our tour of Alsace. She is not only a talented storyteller, but also a very empathic person that makes sure you will use all your senses to uncover Selestat.
EN – Testimonial Alexandru – Bucarest (Romania)
Alexandru
Bucarest (Romania)
EN – Testimonial Kaye – Landstuhl (Germany)
Leila was wonderful! Very great tour! Interactive, informative, relaxed....what more can I say! Well worth doing! I highly recommend!
Kaye
Leila was wonderful! Very great tour! Interactive, informative, relaxed....what more can I say! Well worth doing! I highly recommend!
EN – Testimonial Kaye – Landstuhl (Germany)
Kaye
Landstuhl (Germany)
EN – Testimonial Elizabeth – Minneapolis (Minnesota)
It's hard to describe the tour I just experienced with Leila. it was so interesting, so educational, so immersive. Leila has a very deep and expansive...
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Elizabeth
It's hard to describe the tour I just experienced with Leila. it was so interesting, so educational, so immersive. Leila has a very deep and expansive knowledge of Sélestat and the Alsaçian region. It's such a pretty town but we talked about so much more. And yes, I said "talked:" it was part discussion, part lecture but all amazing. I HIGHLY recommend this tour!
EN – Testimonial Elizabeth – Minneapolis (Minnesota)
Elizabeth
Minneapolis (Minnesota)
EN – Testimonial Alexandra
Leila is a passionate guide that will make you discover treasures and hidden gems of Sélestat. Highly recommended!
Alexandra
Leila is a passionate guide that will make you discover treasures and hidden gems of Sélestat. Highly recommended!
EN – Testimonial Alexandra
Alexandra
EN – Testimonial Ami – Charleston (South Carolina)
Leila is a fabulous guide and host! We loved spending the morning with her and it was a perfect tour. She brings a depth of knowledge and history incorporating religious, ...
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Ami
Leila is a fabulous guide and host! We loved spending the morning with her and it was a perfect tour. She brings a depth of knowledge and history incorporating religious, military and cultural history. She shared legends, stories and gave a beautiful tour. She helped us pick a great spot for lunch! She is a fabulous ambassador and guide. Highly recommend booking this fabulous tour!
EN – Testimonial Ami – Charleston (South Carolina)
Ami
Charleston (South Carolina)
EN – Testimonial Dawn – Houston (Texas)
Fantastic way to see this beautiful history city. We enjoyed every moment and loved the little details that were pointed out to us.
Dawn
Fantastic way to see this beautiful history city. We enjoyed every moment and loved the little details that were pointed out to us.
EN – Testimonial Dawn – Houston (Texas)
Dawn
Houston (Texas)