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  • 1 Verdun battlefields Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Douaumont F - 55100 Douaumont

    This section of the frontline illustrates the absurdity of war and the heroism of the soldiers in the trenches. From 21 February 1916 to 20 August 1917, the battle of Verdun pitted several million men against each other and resulted in the death of o..

  • 2 Pompidou-Metz Centre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 parvis des Droits-de-l'Homme F - 57000 Metz

    The work of three architects, Japanese Shigeru Ban (who claims he was inspired by the wooden structure of the traditional Chinese bamboo hat), Parisian Jean de Gastines and Londoner Philip Gumuchdjian, the Pompidou-Metz Centre provides a venue for th..

  • 3 Cathedral of St Stephen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de Chambre F - 57000 Metz

    The cathedral, built of yellow Jeumont stone, is a remarkable Gothic edifice, steeped in history, legends and piety. The nave is one of the highest in France but it is particularly renowned for its windows, which occupy a surface area of 6 500sq m, h..

  • 4 Musée d'Unterlinden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 r. d'Unterlinden F - 68000 Colmar

    Housed in a 13C Dominican convent, this museum contains works by Grünewald, Schongauer and Isenmann, in particular. Dedicated in part to Rhineland art, it displays impressive collections of paintings, sculptures and minor arts from the late Middle Ag..

  • 5 Cité de l'Automobile and Schlumpf collection Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    15 r. de l'Épée F - 68100 Mulhouse

    This fabulous collection of 400 vintage cars, some of which are incredibly rare or unique, was assembled by Fritz Schlumpf - the story of which can be viewed here. The museum highlights over one hundred years of automobile history, from the "anc..

  • 6 Cité du Train Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 r. Alfred-de-Glehn F - 68200 Mulhouse

    The superb collection at the French Railway Museum retraces the "Golden Age of Rail" (1844-1960) via displays that recall aspects such as holiday travel, the lives of railwaymen etc. Don't miss the carriage decorated by Viollet-le-Duc for t..

  • 7 Route des Crêtes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 68650 Le Bonhomme

    The 80km-long route des Crêtes links the Col du Bonhomme and Thann and offers countless superb viewpoints. The Col du Bonhomme (949m) is a strategic point between Alsace and Lorraine. The Col de la Schlucht at 1 135m has a small ski resort. Nearby ar..

  • 8 Notre-Dame Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 pl. du Card.-Luçon F - 51100 Reims

    It was the master Jean d'Orbais who was commissioned, in 1211, to build this cathedral, and was instructed to make it look like those that were currently being built elsewhere (In Paris, Soissons and Chartres). The interior is dated 1285. On the outs..

  • 9 Place Stanislas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Stanislas F - 54000 Nancy

    The square's main point of interest is the marvellous gold-plated wrought iron gates made by Jean Lamour that adorn the four cut-off corners and entrances to Rue Stanislas and Rue Sainte-Catherine. The northern gates surround the fountains of Neptune..

  • 10 Cathédrale Notre-Dame Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Cathédrale F - 67000 Strasbourg

    Under construction from 1015 to 1439, the cathedral owes much of its charm to the pink Vosges sandstone from which it is built. The façade is remarkable, particularly the central portal. The Gothic spire, 142 m tall, is an architectural tour de force..

  • 11 Old Town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 67000 Strasbourg

    The historic district of Strasbourg nestles on the island formed by two arms of the River Ill. The Maison Kammerzell (1589), a masterpiece of wood carving to the left of Notre-Dame, makes a good starting point to explore the cathedral and its superb ..

  • 12 Ballon d'Alsace Road Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 88560 Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle

    From St-Maurice-sur-Moselle, the D 465 leads to the Ballon d'Alsace. The road up to the Col du Ballon commands some fine views of the Moselle Valley before heading into a superb forest of pines and larches. The top of the pass affords a wonderful pan..

  • 13 Le Hohneck Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 88400 Xonrupt-Longemer

    This is one of the most famous and highest summits of the Vosges Mountains (1 362m), and is also the highest point of the ridge which, before the First World War, marked the border between France and Germany. A splendid panorama unfolds, sweeping ove..

  • 14 Signal de Vaudémont Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 54330 Saxon-Sion

    Having passed, on your right, a mission cross erected around 1622 by Marguerite de Gonzague, the wife of Henry II of Lorraine, the route cuts through the Plaimont wood. The Barrès Monument stands at the summit of the Signal de Vaudémont (541m). Built..

  • 15 Butte de Montsec Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 55300 Montsec

    From the top of this isolated hill (375 m), you can enjoy extensive panoramic views. To the west is the Woëvre and the Côtes de Meuse, to the north-east is the Lac de Madine and the body of water at Nonsard-Pannes. The Americans erected a monument at..

  • 16 Citadel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Tilleuls F - 57230 Bitche

    Built by Vauban in 1681, then reconstructed by Cormontaigne, the citadel is characteristic of 18C military architecture. After entering via the monumental door you come to the hillock in the centre of the citadel, from which there is a remarkable vie..

  • 17 Zoo Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    1 r. du Tigre F - 57360 Amnéville

    The zoo's 2 000 residents were all born in captivity and are free to roam about vast enclosures in which the natural habitat of each species has been recreated. You go from the African plain, populated by elephants, giraffes and white rhinoceroses, t..

  • 18 Château de Malbrouck Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Château F - 57480 Manderen

    The imposing château that stands atop the wooded hill of Meinsberg was constructed between 1419 and 1434. Having been passed from owner to owner, the fortress eventually fell to the Duke of Marlborough, who installed his headquarters here in 1705, du..

  • 19 Musée Historique Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    3 pl. de la Grande-Boucherie F - 67000 Strasbourg

    The Historical Museum takes a rather avant-garde approach to taking visitors through three significant eras in Strasbourg's history: first up is the free city of the Holy Roman Empire (1262-1681), illustrated by objects found during archaeological di..

  • 20 Parc Naturel Régional des Vosges du Nord Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 67160 Wissembourg

    The Gauls called the Vosges the "mountain of wild bulls". Still today the Northern Vosges Nature Reserve, which lies within the triangle formed between Wissembourg-Saverne-Volmunster, is teeming with a variety of wildlife (including stags, ..

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