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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 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 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..

  • 5 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 ..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 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 Château Fort de Sedan Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cour du Château F - 08200 Sedan

    Built on a rocky spur, this fortress (35 000m2 and 7 floors) is one of the first examples of bastioned architecture in France. Due to its strategic location between France and the German Empire, it was continually strengthened over 500 years. Today, ..

  • 15 Place Ducale Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    This is the twin of the Place des Vosges in Paris! The same love of geometric order, stone-clad brick pavilions and arcades. It was an idea of Clement Metezeau (1581 - 1652) whose brother Louis was to create the Parisian Square. Many of its restored ..

  • 16 Méandres de la Meuse Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 08000 Charleville-Mézières

    Upstream from Charleville, the River Meuse has dug a deep, winding course through dark forests full of big game animals. Follow its meandering course and explore villages such as Braux and its collegiate church, and Monthermé and its old houses. Natu..

  • 17 Mont Malgré-Tout Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 08500 Revin

    A steep path leads up to a television relay. The path then branches off through a thicket of birch and oak trees to a higher viewpoint (alt 450m), offering a superb view of Revin, the meanders of the Meuse as far as the Dames de Meuse, and the Vallée..

  • 18 St. Peter and St. Paul's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Pierre F - 10000 Troyes

    This building is remarkable both for its size and the beauty of its nave. Its wonderfully elaborate facade is partly due to Martin Chambiges. The inside gives the impression of power and gracefulness. Magnificent windows (see Le Pressoir mystique, pa..

  • 19 Modern Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. St-Pierre F - 10000 Troyes

    This museum was born from a donation by the Troyan industrialists, Pierre and Denise Lévy. It is situated in the former episcopal palace. The collection includes 388 paintings (many Fauves: Derain, Vlaminck, Van Dongen) 1 277 drawings, 104 sculptures..

  • 20 Old Troyes Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Alexandre-Israël F - 10000 Troyes

    It consisted of two areas: the Cité (aristocratic and ecclesiastical) and the Bourg (bourgeois and commercial). You will see a series of dwellings with typical Troyan architecture: more than one story half-timbered houses with corbelled structures wh..

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