Eastern France

Eastern France comprises the regions of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, France-Compte and Lorraine.

Visiting Alsace it's a journey back in time. In Alsace, past and present are woven together in the fabric of everyday life.

Although modest in size, Alsace's geography is such that it offers an incredible variety of landscapes and climates.

Alsace possesses a generous and abundant natural environment, including the Rhenish jungles on the Rhinau island, the plains with their parks and gardens, the abundant forests including the Erstein Forest, or the outstanding biological diversity to be found in Alsace's Petite Camargue. Alsace has two Regional Nature Parks which have carefully conserved a wealth of outstanding biotopes, and which are home to an unbelievable range of fauna and flora. These are the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park and the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park. A total of 21 nature reserves protect the region's finest or endangered natural heritage sites. In addition to these impressive sanctuaries for plants and wildlife, Alsace also boasts a number of outstanding sites well worth a visit. As the highest point in the region, the Grand Ballon offers a unique view across the plains and the Black Forest. The legends surrounding the Nideck waterfalls and their cool, wooded setting make this a great place to explore, not forgetting the Donon in Grand f ontaine which offers a wealth of ruins bearing witness to its legendary past. Another site where nature combines with legend and spirituality is Mont Sainte Odile, which was home to a large monastery for several centuries.

Champagne-Ardenne:
Eastern France comprises the regions of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, France-Compte and Lorraine.

Visiting Alsace it's a journey back in time. In Alsace, past and present are woven together in the fabric of everyday life.

Although modest in size, Alsace's geography is such that it offers an incredible variety of landscapes and climates.

Alsace possesses a generous and abundant natural environment, including the Rhenish jungles on the Rhinau island, the plains with their parks and gardens, the abundant forests including the Erstein Forest, or the outstanding biological diversity to be found in Alsace's Petite Camargue. Alsace has two Regional Nature Parks which have carefully conserved a wealth of outstanding biotopes, and which are home to an unbelievable range of fauna and flora. These are the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park and the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park. A total of 21 nature reserves protect the region's finest or endangered natural heritage sites. In addition to these impressive sanctuaries for plants and wildlife, Alsace also boasts a number of outstanding sites well worth a visit. As the highest point in the region, the Grand Ballon offers a unique view across the plains and the Black Forest. The legends surrounding the Nideck waterfalls and their cool, wooded setting make this a great place to explore, not forgetting the Donon in Grand fontaine which offers a wealth of ruins bearing witness to its legendary past. Another site where nature combines with legend and spirituality is Mont Sainte Odile, which was home to a large monastery for several centuries.

Champagne-Ardenne:
Bordered by Belgium to the north, the Paris Basin to the east, Lorraine to the west and Burgundy to the south, Champagne-Ardenne links two famous areas of France into a single administrative district, one of the 22 that make up the country.

Champagne-Ardenne offers unforgettable landscapes: not only the vineyards that give birth to what has been called the wine of kings and the king of wines, but also vast forests, pristine lakes, verdant valleys and two natural parks--La Montagne de Reims and La Forêt d’Orient.