Discover Alsace and Lorraine
At the crossroads of major European routes, Alsace is both open to the world and attached to its traditions. Between the Vosges and the Rhine, Alsace is passionate about its history but is also committed to the idea of a modern Europe.
A capital of the EU and the capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is a dynamic city that attracts fans of good food, monuments and culture. The city centre, cradled by the river Ill and listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, is home to the main sites and monuments that make Strasbourg famous, such as the cathedral and the Petite France. Colmar, the wine capital of Alsace, is full of charm thanks to its timber-framed houses, canals, flowers and rich heritage.
With plains bordered by the Rhine, majestic rivers, vineyards growing renowned grape varieties, and the Ballons des Vosges nature park, Alsace has a wide variety of landscapes to offer. Festivals and traditions have managed to maintain a strong Alsatian identity based on a particular lifestyle, and its Sauerkraut, Bäckeoffe, Flammekueche, wine and beer make Alsace a treat for every palate!
If you head off to discover Lorraine, make a stop in Metz.
A blend of exceptional heritage and the modern world, Metz, the capital of Lorraine, is a city bursting with colour, not least at the dazzling Centre Pompidou. Take the opportunity for a trip to Nancy, the city of glass and Art Nouveau par excellence, and don't miss its famous Place Stanislas.
If you’re looking for wide open spaces, you won’t be disappointed! With the magnificent Vosges mountains and the Gérardmer lake, the many large nature parks and famous gardens, Lorraine is paradise for nature-lovers. You’re also bound to enjoy the region’s cuisine, and you can’t leave without trying the Mirabelle plum! An emblem of the region, this fruit is at the heart of some lively and delicious festivals, the most well-known of which take place in Metz at the end of August.
So, will you be taking the train?