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Guide of Great East

Tourism, holidays & weekends in Great East

Guide of Great East - Tourism, holidays & weekends in Great East

A land of traditions, skills and gastronomy located at the heart of Europe, the Great East is an appealing region that's sure to be appreciated by lovers of sightseeing and authentic charm. While the region is particularly renowned for its champagnes, white wines from Alsace, flammekueches, sauerkraut, baeckeoffes, Mirabelle plums and enchanting Christmas markets, it's also known for its cities of Art and History packed with treasures, delightful floral villages with half-timbered houses, medieval castle forts, Gothic cathedrals, fortified or timber-framed churches, famous museums, and renowned crystal and pottery works.

Anyone exploring the regions formerly known as Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine should be sure to visit notable sites like Strasbourg, with its famous Gothic cathedral and its picturesque Petite France, Colmar, with its romantic Little Venice and its famous Unterlinden Museum, Metz, with its Cour d'Or Museum and many parks, as well as the deeply moving memorial sites around Verdun, the impressive fortified town of Langres, old Nancy with its medieval, Renaissance and Art Nouveau heritage, the beautiful medieval town of Troyes with its ten listed churches, the splendid Place Ducale in Charleville-Mézières, Sedan's immense castle fort, the famous Mont Sainte-Odile mountain, the magnificent fortified town of Riquewihr, the great museums of Mulhouse, and the prestigious champagne cellars of Reims, Épernay and Châlons-en-Champagne.

The Great East is a great destination for a country holiday and boasts a remarkable natural environment. With their many marked paths, the regional nature parks of the Ardennes, Ballons des Vosges, Montagne de Reims, Lorraine and the Vosges du Nord are perfect for anyone who enjoys hiking or botanical walks. Lake Der-Chantecoq, Lake Madine and the four lakes of Pays de Langres are sure to delight lovers of relaxation and water sports. Those in search of spas and well-being can enjoy a rejuvenating stay at one of the region's eight welcoming spa resorts. Whether you pick Amnéville-les-Thermes, Bains-les-Bains, Bourbonne-les-Bains, Contrexéville, Morsbronn-les-Bains, Niederbronn-les-Bains, Plombières-les-Bains or Vittel, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying the benefits of the thermal waters as well as the many leisure activities available there!

Territories of Great East


Alsace is brimming with top places to discover, of cultural as well as environmental interest. Strasbourg, the capital of Europe and a listed City of Art and History, is the jewel in its crown. But Mulhouse, Colmar, Wissembourg and Obernai are also well worth a visit. The fortified town of Riquewihr, the majestic castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg, the beautiful village of Kaysersberg on the wine route, and Mount Sainte-Odile will delight all generations.


Its name is first and foremost associated with its prestigious sparkling wine, but the Champagne-Ardenne region has more than one trick up its sleeve to make you fall in love with the area. It proudly displays its historical and architectural heritage, with Sedan Castle and Reims Cathedral. You are sure to enjoy exploring Troyes and Châlons-en-Champagne, both certified Cities of Art and History, and the many remarkable natural sites, while making the most of its generous gastronomy.


A land of remembrance and traditions, Lorraine will satisfy culture and history enthusiasts, with heritage-rich Cities of Art and History like Nancy and Metz, Great War sites and glassmaking know-how. It will keep lovers of nature and relaxation just as happy, with its hiker-friendly nature parks, beautiful lakes and renowned spa resorts.

Guide of Great East


The Ardennes boasts numerous attractions, among which the pretty Ducale square with its arches in Charleville-Mézières, the vast fortified castle of Sedan, the forests of the Ardenne massif and the Ardennes Thiérache, rich in fortified churches.


As one of the Champagne-producing départements, the Aube offers visitors plenty to see and do: the vineyards of the Côte des Bar; the Orient forest and its lakes great for water sports activities and rambling; charming timber-framed churches; Troyes, a medieval city with ten listed churches...


The Bas-Rhin is home to Strasbourg, European city famous for its picturesque old town and its Gothic cathedral, but also the mount Sainte-Odile and its convent, the majestic Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, as well as many pretty villages that are very well-preserved.


Alternating between plateaux, hills and forests, the Haute-Marne combines nature, health benefits and places of interest to discover with its Der-Chantecoq lake for water-based recreation, its spa town of Bourbonne-les-Bains with recognised for its beneficial treatments, and its City of Art and History of Langres.


With a large variety of landscapes, the Haut-Rhin offers a wonderful combination of nature, culture, and traditions, with the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park, the famous Mulhouse and Colmar museums, and delightful colourful villages along the Wine Trail.


Famous all over the world for its prestigious champagnes, the Marne offers the possibility of discovering remarkable sites, such as the cellars in Reims and Épernay where the most famous champagnes are made, and the city of Reims and its sumptuous Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral.


The Meurthe-et-Moselle offers visitors art and tradition with the artistic movement of the Nancy School and the famous Baccarat crystal glassworks but also by the historic and architectural heritage of the city of Nancy and the Saint-Nicolas-de-Port basilica.


The Meuse is marked by an intense past, especially in Verdun which is home to the World Centre for Peace today. The département's countryside is also home to the Lorraine Regional Nature Park and the Madine lake.


The Moselle is home to the city of Metz, capital of Lorraine and known for its magnificent Gothic Saint-Etienne cathedral, but also to the military works of the Maginot Line and the spa town of Amnéville.


Forest areas with their many waymarked footpaths, mountain lakes, but also renowned spa towns, such as Vittel, Contrexéville and Plombières-les-Bains, are not to be missed in the Vosges.

Weekends in Great East

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