Alsace (Alsatian and German: Elsass, pre-1996 German: Elsaß) is one of the 26 régions of France. It is on the eastern border of France. It lies on the west bank of the Upper Rhine, next to Germany and Switzerland.

Its capital and largest city is Strasbourg. It has changed hands between France and Germany many times. Today, the people living there have an attitude and set of social values that is closer to the German ones, than the French. Language, cuisine, music, dress and customs are very close to the Swabian ones across the Rhine