Top things to do in Sélestat

Library in Sélestat

Bibliothèque Humaniste

Founded in 1452, this library’s stellar collection features a 7th-century book of Merovingian liturgy, a copy of Cosmographiae Introductio (printed in 1507), in which the New World is referred to as ‘America’ for th…
Parade in Sélestat

Corso Fleuri

Sélestat's headline event is a floral affair. Some 500,000 dahlias adorn 12 floats at the two flower parades that weave their way through the old town streets on a Saturday in mid-August – a fixture on the summer ca…
International in Sélestat

Le Schatzy

Contemporary backlighting and furnishings put a modern spin on a beamed bistro at Le Schatzy. The vibe is laid-back and the menu foregrounds fresh seasonal produce in well-prepared dishes such as red mullet in a Caj…
Church in Sélestat

Église St-Georges

One of Alsace’s most striking churches, this Gothic giant, built from weighty red sandstone and sporting a colourful mosaic-tile roof, is illuminated by curtains of stained glass in the choir.
Nature Reserve in Sélestat

Illwald

On the southeastern fringes of Sélestat, this nature reserve is a mix of deciduous forest and wetlands. It attracts plenty of wildlife, including kingfishers, beavers and France’s largest population of wild deer (so…
French in Sélestat

Auberge de la Paix

Behind a half-timbered façade, this friendly, unfussy restaurant has been run by the same family since 1947. The menu is classically French. Begin, say, with fresh salmon cooked three ways, followed perhaps by fille…
Area in Sélestat

Vieux Sélestat

Church spires rise gracefully above the red rooftops of the old town, which hugs the left bank of the River Ill. Some of the finest examples of half-timbered and trompe-l’œil buildings can be found along the medieva…
Wildlife Reserve in Sélestat

Montagne des Singes

Kids love to feed popcorn (special monkey popcorn, of course) to the free-roaming Barbary macaques and their cheeky infants at this 2.4-hectare woodland park. Take the D35 to Kintzheim, 7km west of Sélestat.
Market in Sélestat

Marché

A huge outdoor market, held since 1435, takes over the streets around the town hall.
Market in Sélestat

Marché du Terroir

Saturday local-produce market, on the southern edge of the old town, selling home-grown fruit and veggies.