Green plateaux, wooded mountains and picturesque villages, together with a unique Franco-German culture, make Alsace-Lorraine the most appealing of destinations.

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Green plateaux, wooded mountains and picturesque villages, together with a unique Franco-German culture, make this the most appealing of destinations. Cities such as Strasbourg, Metz and Nancy have much to offer visitors, and there is a wonderful variety of local white wines and cuisine to enjoy.

Together, these regions form the entire border that France shares with Germany, and as you might expect, there is a marked Germanic influence in both the language and cuisine.

Alsace is an almost fairy tale land of forests, mountains, lakes and flower bedecked villages with half-timbered houses. Strasbourg is the regional capital - some would say the capital of Europe. But move away from the modern buildings of administrative power and you will discover an enchanting medieval quarter known as 'Petite France'.

Lorraine is known mainly for its variety of Roman spa towns, Celtic fortifications and many examples of fabulous Baroque architecture found in the city of Nancy. Nancy was also the original home of art nouveau, and the art museum here contains works by both Manet and Monet. Cuisine specialities across the two regions include choucroute, tarte à l'oignon, plus of course, quiche lorraine and wines.

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Strasbourg in Alsace Lorraine is a cultured and artistic city on the German border that is at a crossroads of Europe.

Saverne in Alsace Lorraine is famous as the town of the unicorn and for the magnificent Château des Rohan that stands beside the canal.

Nancy in Alsace Lorraine is a beautiful city set amidst the Alsace countryside with a stunning historic centre.

The 'Roseraie de Saverne' is a beautiful rose garden with around 1500 different species, located in Saverne, the City of Roses. First set up over 100 years ago by the rose breeder, Louis Walter, the garden hosts a rose...

A Gothic masterpiece that was begun in 1176, Strasbourg's cathedral has many Germanic influences with an ornate facade carved into the unusual dark pink Vosges sandstone.

In just over 40 years, the Opera National du Rhin has established itself as a key institution of the French and international operatic life.

The grass-roofed Vauban Dam is a weir built by its namesake between 1686 and 1700 on the river Ill. Several stories high, it houses sculptures in its main level and a panoramical terrace on its roof.