When the magical period of the Christmas markets is over, there is nevertheless a nice range of activities visitors to the region can do in the area in the winter, to suit everyone’s taste.

If you like shopping, the winter sales 2018 start on 10th January through to the 20th February 2018! Clothes, shoes, household and electronic goods, furniture, decorations, jewellery, watches etc. Bargain hunters will be more than satisfied!

As for the more sporty among you, if you fancy doing some skiing, there are some circuits and pistes (sort of) in Alsace about two hours away from Strasbourg: the nearest ski resort is called Champ du Feu  and it is approx. 2 hours drive away from Strasbourg near Belmont There ayou will find 14 alpine ski pistes of which 4 green, 5 blue et 5 red as well as a cross country circuit which is free of charge and offers 55km of tracks. You can also go sledging as well as discover the region on horseback.

You can also do snow shoe tours 40 minutes away from here, in the Vallée de la Bruche at Donon, Grandfontaine. At the Domaine du Donon-Prayé there are 65 km of prepared pistes (35 km of tracks) free of charge, between 687m and 822m in altitude. You can follow a 4.2 km track to a magnificent viewpoint which offers panoramic views the whole year round. The parking is opposite the Forestry commission house of Haut Donon.

For those who are more into culture, there are always concerts (for example the Enfoirés troup is coming back to Strasbourg to celebrate its 10 years of existence in January), exhibitions ( e.g. not too far from here the Staatliche Kunsthalle of Karlsruhe currently has an magnificent exhibition on Cézanne entitled Cézanne. Métamorphoses until 11 February 2018) There is also the amazing Festspielhaus à Baden Baden which welcomes a great number of well-known artists the whole year round: the musical Dirty Dancing is planned for January, Anne-Sophie Mutter also etc. And talking of Baden Baden, the thermes de Caracalla are definitely worth going to.

But let’s not forget those who just want to ‘dolce far niente’ and who appreciate peace and quiet away from their hectic lives.  They will find it here inour garden in Kuttolsheim and if they are interested, at the Tibetan Buddhist institute Sakya Tsechen Ling in the village, a couple of steps away from our house. They offer a range of discovery and in-depth seminars on how to find your spiritual way through the study of texts, prayer and rituals through initiation, mediatation, monthly seminars and special retreats.