Grand-Est is a sparkling region with hilly landscapes, vineyards and pictureque villages. You must definitely pay a visit to the main important champagne cities: Troyes, Reims and Epernay. Did you know that Champagne only be called Champagne if it comes from this former region and if its made using the traditonal 'méthode champenoise'? A holiday home with friends or family is the perfect way for discovering this interesting region.
Your trip through the Alsace would not be complete without a visit to Strasbourg in the Bas-Rhin. This is the capital of Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine and offers several museums, theatres, operas and festivals. Colmar in Haut-Rhin is also worth visiting, also called the capital of the wines from the Alsace, because of the many wine tours near the city. Places you should visit when you’re here are ‘Petit Venise’, Muséé d’Unterlinden and the Tanner’s district.
For thoses who likes science, the city of Mulhouse is worth visiting. This city transformed it’s industrial past into a source of knowledge. This has resulted in many museums connected to the industry of Mulhouse’s past. You can visit the world famous Musée de l’Automobile, the largest museum of automobiles in the world with an unique survey of the cars of the past and the cars from now. In the museum you can watch interactive movies and due to simulators it’s like your actually in the car.
Troyes is a surprising and diverse city located in the Aube. The center is built in the shape of a champagne cork and the city centre consists of beautiful half-timbered houses from the 16th century. The Saint-Madeleine church, the museum for modern art and the Cathedral Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul are worth visiting. The city of Reims is well known for its champagne and its Cathedral which reminds of the Kings of France.
The Ardennes department with Charleville-Méziers as capital on the Meuse rivier. For the sportive, the French Ardennes are a nice challenge with a highest peak of 502 meters on the Croix de Scalle.
From your cottage in Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, visit the city of Epernay, located in the heart of the wine region. There have been many excursions organized from this wine city throughout the valley of the Marne. Visit champagne houses, elow these houses you will find miles of underground tunnels that are filled with millions of champagne bottles. Sights such as the Avenue de Champagne with its city hall, the Orangerie and the castle of Perrier are also worth a visit.
Lorraine is best known for the Quiche Lorraine, but has also been able to preserve a rich heritage in terms of history, architecture and culture. The urban centres of Lorraine are Metz, Nancy, Épinal and Bar-le-Duc. You will find well-preserved treasures, spa, the Vosges and many regional parks. Your holidays in Lorraine will lead you to the city of Metz. The major tourist attraction of Metz is the Saint Etienne cathedral which enlightens the city by its brilliant presence. In Nancy you can stroll along the beautiful Place Stanislas, wich symbolises the border separating the old and the new town and see extraordinary sculptures, fountains and beautiful buildings. The Musée de l'École de Nancy is the place to discover the Art Nouveau and in the Musée des Beaux-Arts you will find masterpieces from Picasso and Rubens.
Bar-le-Duc (Meuse) is divided into an upper and a lower town and here you will discover the colorful past of the Renaissance. Visit the Église Notre-Dame and the Musée Barrois, where the dukes of the city used to stay. Located in the upper town is the Place Saint-Pierre a beautiful street with villas and typical houses in Renaissance style. A holiday in Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine offers the opportunity to discover this beautiful region.