Tourist Info: Lorraine
Welcome to Lorraine
Lorraine has two elegant cities, both capitals at one time.
Nancy is popular for its art nouveau architecture and Metz for its stained glass and stunning cathedral.
You can also enjoy walks in the unspoiled Lorraine countryside or relax at one of the many spas.
Days Out in Lorraine
Meurthe-et-Moselle is home to the magnificently elegant city of Nancy. Nancy owes much of its elegance to Stanislas, the dethroned king of Poland, who transformed large parts of the city.
Emile Galle came next with a love for Art Nouveau, examples of which can be seen throughout the city. . The Parc Regional de Lorraine lies at the centre of this area, with red-tiled houses, vineyards, forests, marshes & lakes. This is the place to rediscover the traditional delights of 'Quiche Lorraine' and 'Potee Lorraine', a bacon casserole. Baccarat, to the southeast of Nancy, is home to some of the finest crystal and glassware production. - a tradition that dates back to 1764
Days Out in Meurthe-et-Moselle
The Moselle borders two French departments, Germany, Luxembourg and is not far from the Belgian border.
Metz is the capital both of Moselle and Lorraine and is a main cultural and historic centre. Due to its strategic position, the Gallo-Roman city has been heavily fought - over passing from Germany in 1870 back to France in 1918. There is something for everyone in Moselle. Lush, unspoiled, countryside the ideal backdrop for golf courses, cycle tracks and footpaths. Water sports enthusiasts can indulge themselves on one of the many canals, lakes or water sports centres. Gothic churches, medieval passageways and Gallo-Roman remains will delight historians among you.
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Most visitors are attracted to the Vosges for its superb mountains, pine forests, lakes and valleys. Here you'll find ski resorts, and the Parc Naturel Regional des Ballons offers opportunities for cycling, fishing, riding, walking, and golf to name but a few activities!
To the southwest lies the Plateau de la Voge which stretches from Remiremont to Vittel. The Rhin and Meuse rivers make this a popular centre for thermal spas such as Vittel and Bains-les-Bains. . The plains to the northeast are where most of the department's historic and religious monuments are found. Picturesque villages overflow with churches, abbeys and castles, i.e. Domremy where Joan of Arc was born
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A department of forestland, lakes, rivers and marshland. The Argonne hills lie to the west while the eastern uplands, or Cotes de Meuse, give way to the Woevre Plain.
This is the place to get off the beaten track. Walkers, cyclists and horse riders will enjoy routes through picturesque villages and lush valleys. Marville to the north is an outstanding medieval town with architecture that dates back to the Spanish occupation. Verdun is synonymous with the battle of WWI when approximately 1 million men died in almost a whole year of bloodshed. Verdun is now a World Capital for Peace - the Bishop's Palace used for World Peace talks and exhibitions
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