The Grand Est, encompassing the cultural and historical regions of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine, has everything to satisfy you. Visit old medieval towns, walk or cycle around a lake, go on an excursion in a wildlife park and follow routes to discover specialties and age-old traditions.

Do you think it's for you? Then try the Grand Est for your next French getaway. Discover 10 unmissable attractions in the Grand Est region to plan your itinerary.

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    Colmar old town

    Visit the "Little Venice" of Alsace

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    Colmar boasts a rich heritage and endless attractions. Treat yourself to a visit of the old town of Colmar starting from the tourist office, Rue des Unterlinden. And marvel at the wealth of varied heritage from the Middle Ages to the present day. On Rue des Têtes, admire the Maison des Têtes, which owes its name to the hundred or so grimacing masks that decorate its façade, then head toward the Rue des Boulangers, which has many beautiful half-timbered houses.

    From the square, Place des Dominicains, visit the church of the same name, which houses the famous "Vierge au buisson de roses" by the Alsatian painter and engraver Martin Schongauer. Then continue on to the church, Collégiale Saint-Martin, another example of pure Gothic art. Continue your walk by going in the direction of Place Jeanne d'Arc and the Grand Rue.

    Location: 68000 Colmar, France

    Open: 24/7

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    The pottery trade in Soufflenheim

    Visit the potters' workshops and meet passionate craftspeople

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    There are two pottery villages - Betschdorf and Soufflenheim not far from Haguenau, in the north of Alsace. Why are they located there exactly? You have to go back to the 12th century to find out, to the time of Frederick 1st of Hohenstaufen, the Holy Roman Emperor. It was he who gave the potters the right to extract clay from the subsoil of the Haguenau forest free of charge and forever.

    It's worth knowing that Soufflenheim potteries are terracotta potteries, which can therefore be used for cooking food. For example, think of baeckeoffe terrines or kougelhopf cake molds, and don't forget to bring home one of these traditional examples of Alsatian pottery!

    Location: 67620 Soufflenheim, France

    Open: Times vary

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    The Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg

    Discover nine centuries of a rich and tumultuous history

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    The medieval castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg, located in Orschwiller, in the Bas-Rhin department, is right in the heart of the historical and cultural region of Alsace. This 270-metre long bastion, perched at a height of almost 800 meters, impresses not only by its silhouette but also by its rich history.

    It was built in the 12th century by Frederick I of Swabia, then became the property of robber barons, before being reclaimed by the Habsburgs in the 15th century. Abandoned for several centuries due to looting and fires, it was eventually gifted in 1899 to Emperor Wilhelm II, a great lover of castles, who redesigned it before the First World War.

    Location: 67 600 Orschwiller, France

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)3 69 33 25 00

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    The historic center of Troyes

    Explore a beautiful city of art and history

    The historic center of Troyes
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    The historic center, or "heart" of Troyes - the historic capital of Champagne - is truly worth a visit for its pretty half-timbered houses, its beautiful mansions, but also for its cathedral dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul (cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Pau), with its stained glass windows of such rare quality.

    Among the charming lanes, don't miss the Baker's House (la maison du Boulanger) and the Goldsmith's turret (la tourelle de l’Orfèvre), small architectural jewels that have been remarkably restored. Here's a fun fact - the historic center of Troyes is shaped like a champagne cork!

    Location: 10000 Troyes, France

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +33 (0)3 25 82 62 70

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    Amnéville Zoo

    Come and enjoy a relaxing day with your family

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    The Amnéville zoological park, located between Metz and the border with Luxembourg, has around 2,000 animals of some 360 species, originating from the five continents and over a surface area of 18 hectares.

    Among the animals you will be lucky enough to see are the Siberian tiger, white rhino, snow leopard, red panda and brown bear. The Amnéville zoological park is also one of the rare French zoos to house gorillas and orangutans, and the only one to present a tiger taming show.

    Location: 57360 Amnéville, France

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6.30 pm

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    The Champagne houses of Epernay

    Épernay's "Champs-Elysées" are yours to discover

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    The Champagne houses of Epernay and the majestic Avenue de Champagne is one kilometer long and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's just here that you'll find some of the most prestigious champagne houses, including Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouët and Mercier.

    Just think, there are thousands of carefully guarded bottles in their basements, lining more than 110 kilometers of cellars! Ask at the Tourist Office in Epernay for information on which cellars to visit.

    Location: 51200 Épernay, France

    Phone: +33 (0)3 26 53 33 00

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    The Alsace Wine Route

    Follow this mythic route of rustic charm

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    The Alsace Wine Route is the oldest in France at 170 kilometers long and runs through the wine-growing region. The route boasts beautiful landscapes studded with villages, each more charming and picturesque than the next.

    Travel this exceptional route by automobile or bicycle and meet its passionate winemakers. No less than 70 wine-producing villages and more than 1,000 producers open the doors to their cellars every day, eager to share their passion for wine with visitors.

    Location: 68240 Kaysersberg, France

    Open: 24/7

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    The Lac de Gérardmer

    The largest natural lake in the Vosges is yours to discover!

    The Lac de Gérardmer
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    The Lac de Gérardmer is a stunning natural lake that's a must for outdoor recreation. Located at an altitude of 660 meters, with a surface area of 155 hectares and an average depth of 17 meters, Gérardmer lake is a popular site for vacationers in search of nature and greenery. Six kilometers of marked trails invite you walk along the shores of the lake, whether on foot, on scooter or by bike.

    If you're looking for water sports, you won't be disappointed, as you can enjoy sailing, rowing, canoeing and pedal boats. If you are visiting with your family, remember that the Union Nautique beach is a supervised bathing area from June to September.

    Location: 88400 Gérardmer, France

    Open: 24/7

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    The old town of Metz

    Go from one discovery to antother in this treasure of the north-east

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    The old town of Metz is the perfect place for sightseeing and strolling in the afternoon. Just imagine, the old town of Metz alone can be a place for a several kilometer walk! So put on your walking boots and get ready to discover its many sights, including the Gothic cathedral, the Porte des Allemands, the Museum of La Cour d'Or and the Malecon Garden.

    A stone's throw from this park, you can have fun looking for Paul Verlaine's birthplace. Hint - it's opposite the law courts, and a tympanum, or carved lintel, in the Louis XV style sits above the door. Finally, don't miss the shops, wine bars and brasseries that line the pretty medieval streets of this old town!

    Location: 57000 Metz, France

    Open: 24/7

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    Joan of Arc's birthplace

    See where the "Maid of Orleans" saw her first visions

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    Joan of Arc's birthplace is a must-visit attraction that reveals the early life of the famous figure. Located in Domrémy-la-Pucelle in the Vosges, in Lorraine, her birthplace is a place of meditation in memory of this young girl who was unlike any other, and whose life met a tragic end. It was in the d'Arc family home that Joan was born around 1412. She spent her childhood there, heard the famous "voices" and contemplated her first apparitions.

    The house has been classified as a historical monument since the 19th century and has been preserved, embellished and decorated with inscriptions and sculptures over the years.

    Location: 88630 Domrémy-la-Pucelle, France

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 10 am to 1pm, and from 2 pm to 5 pm (closed Tuesdays)

    Phone: +33 (0)3 29 06 95 86

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