Grand Est - 71 Attractions You Must Visit
About Grand Est
Grand Est is a vast new region in Eastern France, the unification of the former historical regions of Champagne-Ardenne, Alsace, and Lorraine. Its geographical location – bordering Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland – makes of the Grand Est an interesting cultural melting pot which can be clearly seen in its architecture and tasted in its gastronomy.
Types of Attractions in Grand Est
List of Attractions in Grand Est
Avenue de Champagne
Man-made Structures- Other
The Avenue de Champagne is one of the main axes of the city of Epernay, often considered the "most prestigious way". It is indeed the seat of several great Champagne houses, including Moët & Chandon and Perrier-Jouët, which have played a major role in the history of Epernay. It is thus a “remarkable site of taste”.
The Barrage Vauban is a bridge, weir and defensive work erected in the 17th century on the River Ill in the city of Strasbourg in France which was constructed from 1686 to 1690 in pink Vosges sandstone by the French Engineer Jacques Tarade according to plans by Vauban. The barrage has 13 arches and is 120 meters in length. Today the grand lock, with its 13 arches, magnificent sculptures, and grass-topped terrace, is among the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
Castle of Fleckenstein
A ruined castle in the commune of Lembach. This fortress, built in the shape of a 52 m long boat, has a long history. The castle was built on a sandstone summit in the Middle Ages. An ingenious system for collecting rainwater fed a cistern and a hoist allowed water and other loads to be moved to the upper floors. It was built in the first half or mid-12th century by the Fleckenstein family, who were ministerials of the Hohenstaufen dynasty. Now it is one of the main attractions in this area.
Castle of Sedan
A majestic castle which was located in Sedan, France. It is a grand fortress of medieval European stock, covering an area of 35,000 m2 in its seven floors. The castle was given by the French Army to the city of Sedan in 1962 and was subjected to a number of restorations. There is also a beautiful museum inside this castle which was dedicated to the Franco-Prussian War and It has rich collections of things that have been used at that time.
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
The cathedral of Strasbourg Notre Dame is a cathedral gothic Catholic located in Strasbourg, region, East Grand, in the French department of the Bas-Rhin in Alsace. It was founded in 1015 on the remains of a previous cathedral and will be built from 1220 by the free city of Strasbourg, a rich merchant, and financial republic, in the Gothic style. It is currently the second-highest cathedral in France, after Rouen Cathedral. A majestic cathedral that is renowned for its history and also architec
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims
A majestic cathedral that was located in the French city of the same name. Reims Cathedral is recognized worldwide as one of the defining models of Gothic art. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, this 13th-century cathedral presents features that make it unique, notably through its unity of style, its luminosity, and its statuary. One of the main pilgrim sites in this area and also a tourist attraction too.
The Pompidou-Metz center is a public cultural cooperation 2 art establishment located in Metz, between the Parc de la Seille and the train station. Its construction is carried out as part of the development operation of the Amphitheater district. It is an art center dedicated to modern and contemporary art, whose cultural project is the presentation of temporary exhibitions and the programming of live shows, cinema sessions, and conferences in two dedicated rooms.
Champ du Feu
1 Day Treks
The Champ du Feu is the highest point of the Bas-Rhin at Ban de la Roche, at an altitude of 1,098 meters, on the bans of the communes of Belmont and Hohwald. In winter, the place is suitable for cross-country skiing and downhill skiing. It is also an ideal location for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. You can have a nice time here and the view from the top is truly impressive.
Château de Saint-Ulrich
The castle of Grand-Ribeaupierre, known under the name of the castle of Saint-Ulrich, is one of the three castles which dominate the commune of Ribeauvillé, in the Haut -Rhin. It is located at an altitude of 528 m. It has been classified as a historical monument since October 1841and February 1930. The currently visible remains date from several eras. The castle is a very fine example of the military architecture of Alsace in the Middle Ages. It is the largest and best-preserved of the three cas
Château du Haut-Barr
The Haut-Barr Castle is a medieval castle in ruins located in the French town of Saverne, in the department of Bas-Rhin. It has been classified as a historical monument since October 1874. The castle is built on an imposing sandstone bar made up of three rocks; it has the characteristics of a castle bar. One of the ancient locations which shows light to the history of France.
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is a medieval castle located in the Orschwiller commune. Built-in the 12th century, the castle bore witness to eight centuries of European conflicts and rivalries between feudal lords, kings, and emperors. From 1900 to 1908 it was rebuilt at the behest of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Today it is a major tourist site, attracting more than 500,000 visitors a year. It’s the only medieval castle in Alsace that has been fully restored.
Cité de l'Automobile
La Cité de l'Automobile - National Museum - Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse, Alsace, houses the largest collection of cars in the world. More than 500 vehicles including the famous Schlumpf collection of the Schlumpf brothers. 560 automobiles from 98 different brands, pioneers in the history of the automobile, built between 1878 and 1918, of which 430 classified as historical monuments. One of the nice location which attracts you to the magical world of cars.
Cité du Train
The Cité du Train - Patrimoine SNCF (formerly the French Railway Museum ), in Mulhouse , is the largest railway museum in Europe. It tells the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society and it is home of the national collection of historically significant railway vehicles, as well as a collection of other artefacts and both written and pictorial records.
Col de la Schlucht
The Col de la Schlucht Listen is one of the main passes in the Vosges mountains, located between the municipalities of Valtin and Stosswihr, providing links between these two departments. The pass is located in a beautiful location which is historically and naturally beautiful. This place has long been a popular destination for winter sports.
Col du Bonhomme
The Col du Bonhomme is a pass over the ridge of the Vosges which was 36cated at an altitude of 949 m in Le Bonhomme in Alsace. It is an area that is flourished with natural beauty and picturesque locations. It connects the Alsatian Weisstal with the Meurthe valley in Lorraine. There are two restaurants at the top of the pass. The view of the valleys from the pass is truly mesmerizing and The Col du Bonhomme is particularly popular with heavy goods vehicles.
Man-made Structures- Other
The Douaumont ossuary is a memorial containing the skeletal remains of soldiers who died on the battlefield during the Battle of Verdun in World War I. This modern French ossuary contains the jumbled bones of 130,000 WWI soldiers. The Ossuary is a gallery-shaped building surmounted by a Lantern of the Dead tower. It has been designated as a national cemetery that contains the remains of both French and German soldiers who died on the Verdun battlefield.
The Ecomusée d ' Alsace in Ungersheim, in the Haut-Rhin, is an open-air museum where authentic Alsatian constructions have been transferred and reassembled, forming like a living village: half-timbered houses, workers' houses, shop, town hall , fortified tower, festival hall, farm, school, washhouse, gardens, fields. The museum's mission is to present the buildings and the ways and customs of yesteryear and to ensure the transmission of living heritage.
The Church of Saint-Thomas de Strasbourg is located on Place Saint-Thomas in the historic center of the city near the Petite France district. This church is one of the most important in Strasbourg, from the point of view of cultural history and architecture. It is the only example of a hall church in the region. It is also the only Protestant church to have preserved canons and the building has been classified as a historical monument since 1862.
Forest of Argonne
1 Day Treks
A densely wooded and hilly region in eastern France that forms a natural barrier between Champagne and Lorraine. It is also a historically important area. It was here the Prussians were repulsed in 1792 by the French at Valmy and where U.S. forces swept over the Germans in 1918. A beautiful area for nice trekking and also it is quite adventurous too.
Fort Douaumont was the largest and highest fort on the ring of 19 large defensive works that had protected the city of Verdun built in the late 19th-century. The heavily armed fortress was designed to be the most strategically important of Verdun’s mighty defenses. It was protected by two layers of concrete over a meter thick and surrounded by a seven-meter-deep moat and 30 meters of barbed wire. It was one of the famous attractions in this area and the view from the fort is truly impressive.