Haute-Marne is a mix of history, culture and a pinch of mystery which gives an interesting mix of atmospheres. This department is located in the south-east of the Grand-Est region and is known for its various crafts. For example, the town of Orges is known for its flowers and mills, Fayl-Billot for its basket weavers and Nogent for its cutlery. The art and the knowledge of these trades were passed down through generations which makes them all the more authentic.
The city of Langres with its fortress, its gates and its walls is an unmissable! It is the birthplace of the French writer and philosopher Diderot. In the center of Langres you will find beautiful houses dating from the Renaissance and religious monuments. Pay a visit to Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, the village where Charles de Gaulle lived. You will find not only his house, but also the Charles de Gaulle Memorial museum dedicated to his memory, his life and his work. History buffs can also visit the castles of the Haute-Marne, the Castle of Cirey-sur-Blaise where Voltaire lived for fifteen years. There are also the castles Dinteville, Reynel and Gudmont.
In Haute-Marne, you will find the rivers Meuse, Marne and Aube. With its many lakes and rivers, this area is called "the land of water and lakes". It is a paradise for people who seek peace and lovers of water sports. In the summer, these lakes offer various outdoor activities such as swimming, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing. Lac de la Liez is the largest lake of Langres. If you like walking and cycling, go to Lac de la Mouche, where you can admire an impressive dam. You can swim in the Lac des Charmes and enjoy water sports or bird watching at the Lac de la Vingeanne.
The month of May in Haute-Marne means the start of the gardening season. Many communities participate in brightening up their streets and squares by planting beautiful flower beds. Le Jardin de Mon Moulin in Thonnance-les-Joinville is one of the many colorful gardens. You can walk in the beautiful grounds of the Château du Grand Jardin in Joinville. This is a place not to be missed!
In addition to these activities, be sure to taste the delicious local products and specialties. Langres cheese, truffles, the wines Montsaugeon and of course the Champagne from Haute-Marne!