Mittersheim is a commune of Moselle in the Greater East region, 20 km north-west of Sarrebourg and 80 km east of Metz.
The locality of some 600 inhabitants presents the physiognomy of the traditional Lorraine villages with its half-timbered houses. But it is its environment that makes the specificity of Mittersheim: in the heart of an area rich in ponds, the municipal territory is crossed by the Sarre canal (1860) and borders a lake of more than 220 hectares. Reservoir of feeding the canal, the water is now also a tourist asset of first order since the development of a leisure base.
Already inhabited during the Gallo-Roman period, Mittersheim was a stronghold of the Reformation before paying a heavy tribute during the Thirty Years War in the XVIIth century.
The historical patrimony and the protected natural environment of the municipality make it a step and a place of vacation appreciated.
Several heritage sites are worth a visit or a glance: the Saint-Hubert church, built in 1785, contains an 18th-century pulpit, a Pietà (representation of the Virgin weeping Christ descended from the cross) of the sixteenth and an organ of the eighteenth. Testimony of the vitality of Protestantism in the region, one can also visit the Lutheran church built in 1866.
In the village, where the water (canal and pond) has always had a major role, the old wooden wash house, as well as an old forge, also deserve a detour.
To better understand the history of Mittersheim, the Lorraine Museum of Traditions presents collections of furniture, tools, objects, costumes and photos of yesteryear that allow you to immerse yourself in the daily life of the villagers of yesteryear. Animations based on traditional crafts are regularly offered in season. Open on Sunday afternoons in July and August or by reservation on +33 6 81 51 79 09.
Even if there is no boat, the harbor and its facilities on the canal can be visited.
The leisure center is also very popular, along the lake. It is open from 15 June to 15 September. Price: 4 euros per car. In addition to swimming (guarded), you can practice canoeing, sailing, pedalo or paddle.
Initiation courses are possible under the supervision of monitors of the Nature and Sport center. Information: +33 (0) 3 87 07 67 04. The center also organizes hiking or mountain biking to better discover the natural heritage of the site (Natura 2000 area for the richness of its biodiversity), between lake and forests.
For sports enthusiasts, a boules court and covered tennis courts are available in the town (information and reservation on +33 3 87 07 67 04), and between beach and camping, playgrounds with volleyball Accessible.
On July 13, the National Day is celebrated with a rural ball and fireworks on the beach of the lake.
During the third week of July, the Mitt'Him is a festival of sacred music. Concerts organized on the basis of leisure.
The first weekend of August, the lake triathlon offers two events of different lengths and gathering a large audience.
Finally, on August 15th (or the day before), the Tractor's Day, at the leisure base, exhibition program of old vehicles (tractors, cars, motorbikes), local market, animations for children and popular ball in evening.