Small tourist village located on the largest artificial lake in France (second in Europe): the Der lake, with an area of 4800 hectares. With its 77 km of shoreline, biking is a treat, young and old, the whole family can enjoy.
The lake was impounded in 1974, engulfing much of the beautiful forest and three villages Chantecoq Nuisement aux Bois and Champaubert this to regulate the course of the Marne. For years, people have fought to defend their village, but the lake has won, as tears shed. Avoid large floods had known in Paris in 1910 was essential. Der was chosen to seal the clay soil. The lake fills during the winter and empty in autumn, but there is still enough water for boats.
Today, the lake and its famous revive the region. In summer, the show boat rocked by a lapping wavelets, gives an impression of the sea this is that it takes more and more important the lake, it can accommodate 500 boats, and its shores rival 6 beautiful beaches. Sand, very many games for children and adults, ski skating, mountain biking ... The church erected Champaubert alone in the middle of the water, looking at his sunken village. Visitors can visit the small peninsula.
The village itself, keeps its simple authenticity in wood framed houses it maintains without distorting the work of elders and laundries, small Droye the river still winds through meadows, humming to its poplar less air, its plot, its church and its three turrets breath.
Just out of the village, beautiful countryside spread out before you, with its plains of Champagne grove, groves, its Droye river that winds through the reeds. Further, the forest, where the oak is king, "Der" oak Celtic, gave its name to the region so rich in beauty created by men. Churches, as well as the houses are built in timber. These are small wonders to visit!
It is imperative to witness the passage of the living clouds, if they arrive, you can not miss them, they yelp, trompettent, craquettent, they do an incredible sound! Is that they come from afar, they crossed the Mediterranean, France and we arrived in Africa. These clouds are formed by a battalion of cranes which shows his joy at finding his favorite lake.