The 9 most beautiful villages in Eastern France

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As the region’s historic cradle, it’s packed with exceptional hamlets. There’s nothing like exploring the most beautiful villages of the Grand Est to discover the region!

In 2016, France’s administrative regions changed. The Grand Est is the result of the merger of Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne. It borders Bourgogne Franche-Comté to the south, and Les Hauts-de-France to the north. To the east, it borders the Paris region ofÎle-de-France. At the heart of Europe’s economy, the region is home to a multitude of beautiful villages, as well as the continent’s central megalopolis, Strasbourg. However, the Grand Est is culturally divided by its exceptional past. Between Latin and Germanic traditions, it is an extraordinary place of discovery.

However, the region is not only characterized by its rich historical and cultural heritage. Indeed, it lies between the magnificent Jura and the imposing Vosges mountains. As a result, it offers visitors a most unusual natural setting. Watered by numerous rivers, the region also boasts a particularly mild climate. Its rural territory is as attractive as its metropolises are dynamic. We’ve selected the most beautiful villages in the Grand Est for your visit to the region!

1. Riquewihr

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At the heart of the Alsace wine route, the village of Riquewihr is a peaceful hamlet. Its traditional cobbled streets are enhanced by tall, half-timbered houses. Among the many winegrowers’ and craftsmen’s stores, you can explore its fascinating quarters. In a most enchanting setting, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

History buffs can even visit the fabulous medieval Dolder tower. At the entrance to this village in the Grand Est region of France, it served as a watchtower as well as a defense post. The museum inside traces the history of the village through the centuries.

2. Rodemack

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This Grand Est village is one of the most beautiful in France. Located in the Moselle département, Rodemack is a must-see for culture buffs. It’s sometimes called the « little Carcassonne of Lorraine », because of the ramparts that surround it. Over seven hundred meters long, the fortifications invite you to discover the town’s exceptional past.

While the latter date back to the 13th century, the castle overlooking the citadel was built in the 11th century. An impregnable stronghold of the Lords of Rodemack, it has fortunately withstood the ravages of time. If you visit the commune, you won’t want to miss its magnificent towers and traditional keep. Let yourself be tempted to explore these places that have been marked by different extraordinary eras.

3. Eguisheim

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Considered one of the most beautiful villages in the Grand Est region, Eguisheim has preserved its typical architecture. With its colorful half-timbered houses and cobbled streets, you’re sure to fall under its spell. Always in bloom, its streets will plunge you into the heart of local traditions. You can even stop off at a specialty restaurant. In a most bucolic setting, you won’t be able to resist strolling through the village for hours on end.

Nature lovers will also be enchanted by the fabulous hills that surround the region. Between vineyards and enchanting woods, you can’t help but appreciate the region’s natural heritage. And as you stroll through these exceptional surroundings, you’ll find yourself in awe of the Trois-Châteaux. Protectors of the town since the 11th century, they still watch over this splendid little hamlet.

4. Hunawihr

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At the heart of the wine route, this Grand Est village attracts hundreds of visitors every year. It boasts a fortified church dating back to the 14th century. A must-see for history and culture buffs. But it’s not the area’s extraordinary past that makes this commune so unique.

Indeed, it’s an unavoidable stop for wine and food lovers. It’s set in an exceptional natural environment. Between vineyards and historic estates, it will plunge you into the heart of local traditions. Not only can you admire the enchanting scenery, but you can also sample the regional specialties. Between Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé, this village in the Grand Est region is sure to charm you!

5. Kayserberg

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In the heart of Alsace, this village in the Grand Est region boasts one of the region’s finest Christmas markets. Every year, it welcomes many travelers during the festive season. But it’s not just the market that Kayserberg is famous for. In fact, it’s considered one of the region’s must-see stops. It’s surrounded by magnificent vineyards and a unique natural setting.

What’s more, its half-timbered houses invite travelers to cross the centuries to better understand its history. You’ll also be drawn to its historic center, with its medieval monuments. But if you’re looking for something new, you’ll want to head for the imperial castle in this village in eastern France. Now in ruins, the building still retains its impressive keep. Climb the stairs to admire the splendid panorama of the town and its vineyards.

6. Saint-Quirin

Saint-Quirin

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The village of Saint-Quirin in the Vosges mountains was founded in ancient times. This Grand Est village nestles in an exceptional landscape. Nestled between verdant hills and imposing mountains, it seems to have existed since time immemorial. Its enchanting setting has given rise to many regional legends. One of the most famous is that of the miraculous fountain that can soothe all ills.

Nevertheless, this village in the Grand Est region of France is also characterized by its exceptional vestiges of the past. Indeed, it invites you to discover its fabulous medieval priory, as well as its church with its three-bulb bell towers. In addition to its traditional crafts, the town boasts an extraordinary historical and cultural heritage.

7. Essoyes

Essoyes

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This village in the Grand Est region of France will be most appreciated by artists. It’s home to the famous painter Auguste Renoir, as well as a museum in his honor. In the heart of Champagne-Ardenne, you can discover the magic of his works. A visit to his studio allows you to retrace the history of his paintings. But it’s only by strolling through the town’s sumptuous lanes that you’ll be able to grasp his inspirations.

This village in the Grand Est region of France plunges you into the world of scenery that inspired the artist’s passion. In an enchanting setting, you can walk along the Ource river, which gave rise to La Yole or La Grenouillère. Plunge into the heart of Impressionism as you explore Essoyes’ magnificent neighborhoods, and let yourself be charmed by its atypical atmosphere.

8. Mussy-sur-Seine

Mussy-sur-Seine

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In the Aube département, this is one of the most beautiful villages in the Grand Est region, home to some impressive historical remains. Even today, the town still bears magnificent testimony to its different periods. Follow its picturesque streets to the Seine and discover its fabulous monuments. From the Renaissance Boulevard tower to the medieval Collegiate Church, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.

Nevertheless, its history has also suffered the ravages of the 20th century. Indeed, its Musée de la Résistance (Resistance Museum) invites you to better understand the famous attack by the Maquis Montcalm. But for a more unusual visit, we recommend exploring the exceptional frame of the Collégiale Saint-Pierre. In this unique setting, you can learn more about the town’s history.

9. Sainte-Ménehould

Sainte-Ménehould

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Epicureans will particularly appreciate this picturesque village in the Grand Est region of France. It is in fact the birthplace of Dom Pérignon, the inventor of champagne. Since the 17th century, it has been a must for lovers of this fabulous spirit. Travelers can discover its magnificent Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, which recounts its unusual past.

But to appreciate the region’s finest vintages, you’ll need to visit one of its excellent restaurants. From traditional specialties to innovative dishes, local chefs are sure to tantalize your taste buds. What better way to discover this region of a thousand secrets!

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