Sortie nature en Alsace© Bartosch Salmanski -
© Bartosch Salmanski -

Alsace in the spring: get out and enjoy nature!

What is there to see in Alsace in the spring? Here are eight places to feel the spring sunshine on your face and smell the flowers as they come into bloom – and spend time together as a family.

Naturoparc - Alsace© Sylvie Petit Photography-ADT-Alsace Essentielle

Visit the Naturoparc (Hunawihr)

Take the whole family for a walk in unspoilt countryside. See if you can spot the white storks, European otters and European hamsters in their natural habitat. Sit down and watch the cormorants, otters, penguins and sealions in the aquatic show. This is a day out to remember!


Try your hand at botany at the Oberlin Museum (Waldersbach)

This museum is dedicated to Jean-Frédéric Oberlin and his work as a botanist. He was also committed to education, which is fitting because the museum houses a children’s centre and an educational kitchen garden and offers numerous activities for all ages. It also organises children’s birthday parties. But for the moment, as the first shoots of spring begin to show, let’s focus on mastering the basics of botany! 

Vivarium du Moulin - Alsace© D.LETT - ADT

Meet the mini-beasts at Moulin Vivarium (Lautenbach)

With 240 square metres of exhibition space dedicated to live insects, children and adults alike will enjoy a family visit to this unusual attraction. Spring is here and it’s time to get out and about! Follow the discovery trail. If you look carefully, you’ll spot the mini-beasts that are so important to our environment’s equilibrium in the insect garden, the pond, the flower meadow and more.

Vivarium du Moulin
Balade en barque en Alsace© Patrick Unterstock - ADT

All aboard the Ried flat-bottomed barge! (Muttersholtz)

Join the Ried boatman for a fascinating boat tour. Once you’ve learned everything there is to know about the banks of the Ill River, you can spend the night in a tipi or cabin, or visit the local producers in Ehnwihr hamlet. Enjoy nature as a family: this destination has all the ingredients for a fabulous ecotourism weekend in Alsace. 

Le Batelier du Ried
Parc Zoologique et Botanique en AlsaceThomas ITTY© OTC MULHOUSE et sa région - ADT

Watch nature coming back to life at the Zoological and Botanical Park (Mulhouse)

Spring is the perfect time to walk around the zoo gardens. The irises, peonies and rhododendrons are in flower in May and June. And the animals are not yet sheltering from the heat, so keep quiet, you don’t want to disturb them!

Zoological and Botanical Park
Animation pour les enfants en Alsace©Styl'List images

Book an activity at the Grange aux Paysages (Lorentzen)

This nature and environmental education centre offers activities for all the family, with parent-and-child workshops, nature walks, farm visits and seasonal events. Take a look at the spring programme and make a booking now!

Grange aux Paysages

See butterflies flying free (Hunawihr)

Whether you’re fascinated by the lifecycle of Lepidoptera or just want to see 200 species of butterfly fluttering around you, this is the place to head. It’s both magical and fascinating, and that’s what makes it such a great choice for all the family.

Sentiers pieds nus en Alsace© A. Meyer-Freund - SHKT - ADT

Try something new: go barefoot! (all over Alsace)

Want to feel more connected to nature? Simply slip off your shoes. This is a straightforward, fun idea: as the children run off to explore the trail, the adults will feel themselves transported back to their childhoods.

Barefoot trails
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