Top 10 things to do along the river in Alsace Lorraine

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Discover Alsace-Lorraine in a whole new way with these 10 must-do experiences along the water.

How would you like to discover the Alsace-Lorraine region from a different angle? Let us take you on a unique adventure along the water, and discover the wonders of the Terres d’Oh region! In this article, we present you with a selection of 10 experiences to marvel at the beauty of this flagship region of the Grand-Est. Follow our guide for an unforgettable journey.

Learn apitherapy with Apais’Air

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If you’re looking for an unusual adventure in Alsace Lorraine, why not try a session of beehive air inhalation? Yes, you read that right! During the beekeeping season, from mid-April to the end of August, beekeeper Didier Hoffman awaits you in Zetting to enjoy the natural benefits of the air enclosed in the hives. This air is enriched with pollen and propolis, which has a direct effect on respiratory capacity: if you suffer from bronchitis, colds, asthma, pollen allergies, or even stress, the results can be significant!

But how does it work? The air from the hive is simply diffused by an inhaler into a small box in which you will be seated. The session lasts 30 minutes. It’s also an opportunity to learn more aboutapitherapy and the therapeutic use of beehive products.

Discover the Lehrer family crystal glassworks

While you’re in the region, be sure to visit the Lehrer crystal works in Garrebourg. Discover this family-run business offering original, high-quality crystal and glass products: the huge store features a wide variety of decorative objects, tableware, jewelry, lighting and Christmas decorations.

The highlight of the visit is the daily demonstration of glassblowing, crystal cutting and engraving. In fact, you can watch the craftsmen in action, creating different objects, and it’s truly fascinating to see! The glassworks are open all year round, 7 days a week. What’s more, this activity is open to the whole family, and can be combined with a visit to theArzviller inclined plane and summer tobogganing, which are right next door to the glassworks.

Visit the Musée de la faïence and its winter garden

Come and discover the Musée des Techniques Faïencières in Sarreguemines! Located in the former residences of the director of the Faïenceries de Sarreguemines, the museum displays an impressive collection of ceramics illustrating the expertise of the faience factory in decoration and tableware. Whether earthenware, stoneware or porcelain, all types of ceramic production are represented. With its recently renovated rooms, the museum offers a thematic tour to help you discover the richness of the factory’s production from the 19th to the 20th century.

Don’t miss the occasional demonstrations to immerse yourself in the world of earthenware production. The museum’s highlight is undoubtedly its Winter Garden, an astonishing place built in the mid-19th century. It combines nature with the historical heritage of the banks of the River Blies, and is designed to teach you more about tableware and earthenware manufacturing techniques. Take advantage of your visit to explore other nearby tourist attractions, such as the Maginot Aquatic Line and the Bliesbruck-Reinheim European Archaeological Park.

Canal de la Marne

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Embark on an extraordinary adventure in the heart of Alsace-Lorraine, along the Marne-Rhine and Saar canals. You’ll see a wide variety of landscapes and historic sites. In addition to the canals, you’ll be surrounded by the reservoirs of Gondrexange, Mittersheim and Stock, and the forests of Fénétrange.

Whether on foot, by bike or by boat, the canals offer a multitude of ways to discover the region. You’ll discover charming villages and medieval castles all along the Zorn valley. You can also stop off at small marinas to take advantage of the entertainment and water sports on offer. As a bonus, try the unusual experience of a night in a chalet on stilts at the Stock pond!

Velorail in the Spin Valley

If you’re in the area, why not take your family on an original activity in the Pays du Saulnois and Pays du Sel: the velorail. Follow the old salt line from Dieuze to Avricourt and explore the unspoilt Moselle countryside through fields and forests. Two circuits are available: the Circuit des Explorateurs and the Circuit du Spin.

The first offers a 24km ride on an electric Vélorail, with a picnic stop in the forest. The second, on the other hand, will take you on a 14km round trip along the Dieuze – Bénestroff line, without electric assistance. The route includes gentle climbs and descents, as well as the historic Guebling tunnel, 115m long! Of course, you’ll also admire the exceptional setting of valleys and forests, with the bucolic ambience of rapeseed fields. This very popular activity is open from May to October. What’s more, in summer, the site offers numerous summer evenings, the program for which can be found on their web page. in summer tempted?

Aboard the Abreschviller forestry train

Locomotive, train forestier Alsace-Lorraine

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Discover the Alsatian forest on a steam train ride aboard a locomotive dating from 1944. As you travel along the 12km circuit of the Sarre Rouge valley, you’ll be able to appreciate the majestic landscape offered by the Massif du Donon. Train enthusiasts will be delighted to see two locomotives dating from 1906 and 1926.

At the Grand Soldat terminus, stop for about 30 minutes to visit a sawmill and discover some of the region’s secrets. The train’s average speed is just 13km/h: the perfect pace for enjoying the peace and quiet of this wilderness getaway and admiring the beautiful scenery! You can also opt for a themed tour and various events organized on certain dates.

Explore the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane

Plan incliné de Saint-Louis-Arzviller

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Don’t miss the chance to take part in one of the region’s most amazing activities: the ascent and descent of the Plan Incliné de Saint-Louis-Arzviller. Situated on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, this engineering monument is a unique boat elevator that can negotiate a 44.55-meter difference in height in just four minutes. With this technological feat, you’ll avoid the 17 locks previously required. Incredible, isn’t it?

This activity is as surprising as it is impressive. On site, you can choose between a simple visit to the site or the option of a tour by boat and/or tourist train. The boat option is often very popular, as you’ll be able to see how the inclined plane works from inside the boat while following a one-hour tour. The program includes a boat trip down the inclined plane, a short trip on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and a return trip! Ready to go?

Also read the guide River tourism in the Grand Est :

Admire the large lock at Réchicourt le Château

Now it’s off to the big lock at Réchicourt le Château! This lock, built between 1962 and 1965, replaces six locks and, at 15.70 metres high, offers a breathtaking view over the ponds and canal.

On foot or by bike, you’ll enjoy varied landscapes, aquatic and wooded environments anda wealth of wildlife. And if you’re in the region between April and October, don’t miss the authorized navigation period to admire the six old locks that have now been replaced.

A stroll through the Domaine de Lindre

The Domaine de Lindre is a 1,000-hectare reserve comprising 12 fishponds, forests, wet meadows and reedbeds. This incredible site is home to an exceptional and well-preserved biodiversity, and is open to the public.

Along the way, you’ll be able to admire a multitude of plant and animal species! You’ll come across pike, white storks, crested newts and much more. In particular, there are plenty of birds: the ponds and associated natural environments are home to over 241 species every year. To see them in their natural habitat, take a stroll along the birdwatching trails and observatories.

When you visit Domaine de Lindre, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of activities including hiking, mountain biking, cycling, picnics, guided tours and exhibitions, as well as taking part in various events to discover the richness of the estate from another angle. All the areas complement each other, allowing you to experience a true immersion in nature!

Discover the Saar River in a flat-bottomed boat

The flat-bottomed boat trip on the Saar River between Sarrewerden and Sarre-Union is a classic. The association La Grange aux Paysages offers this summertime activity to discover the history, heritage and wilderness of the Saar.

For two hours, you’ll discover the river through a variety of themes: sunrise walks, sensory walks, tales and legends, birdwatching, wild nature and local gastronomy, and bats. Nature enthusiasts will be on hand to guide you. You’ll be immersed in the calm, green world of the river!

So, are you ready to set sail and discover the wonders of Alsace Lorraine by water? We hope this selection of 10 experiences has whetted your appetite for adventure. If you have any other suggestions to share, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below. Which experience will you try first?