Small tourist village located on the edge of one of the largest artificial lakes in France: Lac du Der, an area of 4800 hectares. With 77 km of shoreline, biking is a delight, young and old, the whole family can enjoy.
The lake water was set in 1974, engulfing much of the beautiful forest and three villages, Chantecoq, harming Wood and Champaubert This is to regulate the course of the Marne. For years, residents have fought to defend their village, but the lake has won that of tears shed. Avoid major flooding had been Paris in 1910 was essential. Der was chosen for the sealing of the clay soil. The lake fills during the winter and empties in the fall, but there is always enough water for boats.
Today, the lake and its famous revive the area. In summer, the show boat rocked by a lapping of waves, gives an impression of the sea that is becoming more and more important the lake and can accommodate 500 boats, and its rival banks the beautiful beaches. Sand, very many games for young and old tracks, roller skating, mountain biking ... The church erected Champaubert alone in the middle of the water, looks at his sunken village. Visitors can visit the small peninsula.
The village itself, retains its authenticity simple in its wood-framed houses that he maintains without distorting the work of the old wash-houses, its small Droyes river, which winds still in the meadows, poplar humming in his slightest breath of air, its plot, its church and its three turrets.
Fresh out of the village, beautiful countryside spread out before you, with its plains, its groves, its river Droyes that threads between the reeds. Further, the forest where the oak is king, "Der" oak Celtic gave its name to the region so rich in beauty made by men. The churches, like the houses are built of timber. These are small wonders to visit!
It is imperative to watch the passing clouds alive, if they can, you can not miss them, they yelp, trompettent, craquettent, they sound incredible! Is that they come from far away, they crossed the Mediterranean Sea, France and come out of Africa. These clouds are formed by a battalion of cranes that manifests his joy to find his favorite lake.
Station Boat Giffaumont:
Space walk and relax.
Clubs sailing, motor boats, fishing.
School of waterskiing and wakeboarding, towed buoys, initiation and development for all fans of winter sports and water sports enthusiasts, the Lac du Der: Sundays, Mondays and public holidays on the site Tuesday and Chantecoq Saturday at the Stade Nautique.
Possibility to rent bikes and boats.
Walk by tourist train.
Mini Park 'Toon's Land' for children from mid-May to mid-September.
Flower Walk: Journey through the village to admire the typical architecture of the Champagne and flower beds moist.
In July and August: Summer Market every Sunday from 9am to 13pm.
In August: Flea.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
The tourist route of churches and half-timbered 16th-century stained glass windows: 60 km circuit revealing the beauty of the architecture of villages and their churches.
In cycling, you can go to Montier-en-Der. At the end of the village, you enter the department of Haute-Marne, planted the big terminal on the left tells you, and that the beautiful forest of Der, who will not impress its mysterious noises. Continue on the right Bersillière farm has become a very interesting museum of agricultural machinery and tools.
To discover: the small village of Droyes, a few miles from Giffaumont, for those who enjoy visits to monuments. Upon entering the village you will see the church which dates from the 12th century and was partly rebuilt in 1647. Inside, the baptismal font but also the windows are to be discovered. They depict scenes from the 16th of the life of Saint Nicolas, as well as "the stoning of St. Stephen." The five windows of the choir date from 1873 and are the work of master glassmakers of the school of Troyes, they represent the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the four Gospels. Starting again, when we travel to Giffaumont D12, instead of turning left, turn right. A few meters away is the farm Berzillières now a museum, which presents the old machines and agricultural practices.
It will also include a visit to the extraordinary museum Der Sainte-Marie-du-Lac-Nuisement. Young and old will love. Scenes from the life of yesteryear are represented, the characters made by a local resident are very successful. The small school is very interesting. This is an open museum, where children are not bored for a second!