What to see in Alsace Lorraine
Alsace Lorraine Attractions
Louis XIV described the Alsace-Lorraine region as a beautiful garden, and with three large nature reserves the comment still holds true. There are various walking and cycling routes through the countryside, but one of the best ways to see Alsace-Lorraine is by boat, along one of the seven main canal routes. There are many attractions in Alsace-Lorraine and visitors can choose to concentrate on doing a wine tour of the region or a military history tour of the World War I battlefields, cemeteries and monuments. There are some wonderful parks and gardens to explore as well, and some very charming medieval villages and cities.
Colmar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Alsace; the city was founded in the 9th century and is full of historical and architectural landmarks. Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, is also a very beautiful city and its historical centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Less than an hour's drive from Strasbourg is the city of Mulhouse, which is worth visiting for lovers of the mechanical because of its National Automobile Museum which exhibits more than 400 vehicles, and the French Railway Museum which is also a treat for those fond of engines. Other things to see and do in Alsace include a visit to Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, which has a history going back nine centuries and will delight travellers with its incredible views and extensive collections of weaponry, among other things.
The capital city of Lorraine is Nancy, which is similarly charming and has a very fine central square called Place Stanislas. This square has magnificent golden gates and fountains and is surrounded by some lovely old buildings, including the Museum of Fine Art. Other attractions in Nancy include the beautiful Pepiniere Park and the Montsec American Monument, which is dedicated to all those who fought and died in the region in World War I. Lorraine is full of military history and those who are interested in such things should not miss out on a trip to Verdun, which has a great museum and numerous monuments; most movingly, at Verdun you can still walk through the craters left by bombs on the battlefields.
An attractive town in northeast France, Colmar is one of the most popular tourist draws to the Alsace region. Founded…
The Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle has a history going back some nine centuries, built in the 12th century as an Austrian fortress.…
Less than one hours' drive from Mulhouse and three from Paris, Strasbourg is a popular tourist destination in Alsace-Lorraine.…
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