Flower bedecked towns and villages, peaceful vineyards and mountain scenery are part of what makes Alsace such a lovely region of France.
And its unique mix of French and German culture provides delicious cuisine and unusual regional specialties.
But this year, as we mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, this beautiful area still shows its battle scars.
Perched right on the border of France and Germany, in 1914 the region was occupied by Germany.
It was always going to be a flashpoint as over centuries Alsace was passed back and forth between the two countries.
But the struggle for Le Linge, a ridge along the Vosges Mountains turned out to be one of the bloodiest battles of the Great War.
Gas and flame-throwers were used and some 17,000 soldiers on both sides lost their lives in some of the closest and most intense trench warfare of the conflict.
Barbed wire still curls across the high, rocky site and trenches cut through the land.
But it is the stark black and white crosses dotted across the landscape with its magnificent view, that tell their own story.
A visit to the museum, its displays strewn with the evidence of soldiers’ lives, puts this extraordinary place into context – how men lived and died here in the midst of brutal warfare.
Le Linge is just one element of our fascinating Walk in the Alsace which takes in the elegant city of Strasbourg and Ribeauvillé, one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Join us there this fall and find more information on our new website.