This region in the east of France and at the heart of Europe, stretching from Strasbourg to Nogent-sur-Seine, is the result of the merger of the former regions of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine. Bathed by the majestic Rhine, covering 10 departments, with 5.5 million inhabitants and more than 5,000 communes, the Grand Est region is the only one in France to border 4 countries: Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. This territory, 80% of which is occupied by forest and agriculture, is characterized by its greenery and rurality. It is a green tourism destination par excellence. With 6 regional nature parks and 25 nature reserves, the region is home to 5 major cities rich in history and heritage: Metz, Mulhouse, Nancy, Reims and Strasbourg
This region is home to five charming tourist destinations - Alsace, the Ardennes, Champagne, Lorraine and the Vosges - each offering a different face and typical specialities, from sauerkraut to champagne, from thermal baths to ecotourism. You can discover Petites Cités de Caractère® (12 labelled in the region), the Grande Ile de Strasbourg and the Alsace wine route, the old town of Colmar and the route des Crêtes des Vosges, the Haut-Kœnigsbourg castle, the beautiful cities of Metz and Troyes, the battlefields of Verdun and the Madine lake, the cathedral of Reims and the mountain of Reims, among other jewels. To make the most of this variety, rely on your tourist guide of the Lorraine-Vosges region or the City Book Metz, Mulhouse, Nancy or Strasbourg.
When to go to Lorraine?
When are we going to the Great East? The best season to discover the Grand Est region is certainly winter. The Christmas holidays are the peak tourist season, especially in the big cities. Indeed, it is in the heart of winter that this region is most enchanting. Strasbourg's Christmas market is an unmissable beacon, just like those in Metz or Colmar. Christmas festivities, decorations and handicrafts are also full of charm in the towns and villages. And everywhere we celebrate, with dignity and tradition, Saint Nicholas' Day! To stay in the big Alsatian cities at Christmas, you need to plan ahead and know that prices are soaring at this time of year. Winter also delights ski enthusiasts, especially cross-country skiers. You can find all-inclusive stays in small resorts at very attractive prices and in a very family atmosphere. In summer, another very touristy season for the Grand Est region, hikers take advantage of the trails that criss-cross the natural parks, from ridges to valleys, from banks to forests. Finally, in autumn, wine tourism, one of the tourist spearheads of this destination. Of course, around champagne, this tourism is quite expensive. The choice of spring, out of the most popular tourist season, and already pleasant in terms of climate, is an interesting option