Jewish Alsace - Colmar & Strasbourg
More than 15,000 Jews live in Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace. The city has many synagogues, kosher shops and restaurants as well as several ultra-Orthodox communities. Mainly in the “Contades” district, where there is a prominent Jewish concentration.
The city has a Eruv, partly natural, although it is controversial.
The fact that Strasbourg is close to the Black Forest is a wonderful solution for those observing Shabbat and kosher. You can stock up on kosher food on the spot and continue from there for a vacation in the Black Forest.
Tip: Shabbat observant are advised to plan their vacation in the Black Forest in such a way that it starts or ends on the weekend. On Shabbat it is much more complicated to manage in terms of minyan, mixing and more, so it is better to stay on Shabbat in a city with a Jewish community such as Strasbourg or Colmar. It is advisable to plan that Shabbat is not in the middle of the trip, Which will require a special trip and moving to another place to stay on Shabbat.
Accommodation in Alsace - Strasbourg, Colmar & More
Best Hotels for Shabbat and Kosher Observants in Alsace
A Jewish-owned apartment hotel in the Centre of Colmar. The apartments are equipped with everything you need: a fully equipped kitchen, a washing machine and more. Especially suitable for Shabbat observant: the hotel owners provide, upon request, a plate, micham, and even candles and wine for Shabbat. There are also no problems with sensors, etc.
Four star hotel in Strasbourg. Very pleasant, with large rooms, 3-4 minutes’ walk from the synagogues and the Jewish area and a minute from the metro station.
Suitable for Shabbat observant: Although the doors have an electronic card, the staff is very aware of the needs of Shabbat observant and helps in everything possible – they open the doors and understand interest.
The local Jews do bride and groom sabbaths at the Hilton hotel in Strasbourg.
A 5-star hotel in the centre of Strasbourg, about 5 minutes’ walk from the Strasbourg Chabad house.
For Shabbat Observers: The reception staff is aware of the needs of guests who observe Shabbat. Assists in opening the doors at the entrance to the hotel and in the rooms.
without sensors. Close to the Chabad house and other synagogues.
A simple hotel in Strasbourg. Located in the Jewish area, close to kosher restaurants and synagogues. Nice staff and relatively large rooms.
Please note: there is no air conditioning in the hotel and parking is paid.
Suitable for Shabbat Observers: normal manual key, without electronic sensors and automatic accessories. Close to synagogues.
Tip: When booking, ask for the renovated rooms. If you are staying on Shabbat, ask for a room on a lower floor.
A modern and beautiful boutique hotel in Colmar.
The rooms are equipped to a high standard, with quality towels and soaps, a minibar and even a coffee machine. Everything is new and clean. Parking is relatively expensive – 12 euros per night. Recommended from personal experience!
A hotel in an excellent location in the centre of Strasbourg. Clean and cozy. There is parking at the hotel, as well as a paid parking lot nearby.
Located in an excellent location in the centre of Colmar. Free wireless internet access. The hotel is air-conditioned, a rare phenomenon in the area.
A hotel owned by Judith located in the town of Bischwihr close to Colmar (10 minutes drive from the centre of Colmar). Excellent location. Friendly and helpful staff. Please note: there is no air conditioning and elevator in the hotel.
Hotel in downtown San Luis, close to Basel airport (a 5-minute drive). Excellent for an overnight stay before/after a flight. Up-to-date, modern and clean. The hotel offers a shuttle service from/to the airport every hour.
A charming and warm hotel in Baden-Baden, with spacious and pleasant rooms and a beautiful balcony facing the forest (convenient for smokers).
The hotel also has a nice bar, a place to drink hot tea on cold nights. The owner of the hotel is an Israeli who speaks Hebrew.
Chabad Houses in the Black Forest and Alsace Area
Strasbourg Chabad House
Address: 59 Rue du Faubourg de Pierre, Strasbourg, 67000 France
* You can be hosted for Shabbat meals at the messenger Rabbi Samma (by reservation) especially during the tourist seasons. Rabbi Shalom Samma should be contacted:
+33 6 98 48 46 16
Freiburg Chabad house
Address: Freiburg im Breisgau, 79104, Germany
Chabad House Karlsruhe
Address: Herrenstr. 23, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany
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