Welcome to Alsace Lorraine
Alsace-Lorraine is a small area between Germany and France that
has a history of being passed back and forth between the two
countries for more than a thousand years. Because of this,
Alsace-Lorraine is possibly the least French part of France, with a
strongly German heritage, especially in the Alsace region. The two
regions, in the northeast corner of France, share borders not just
with France and Germany, but Belgium and Luxembourg as well, making
the area a true melting pot of European culture.
Louis XIV described the region as a beautiful garden, and with
three large nature reserves the comment still holds true. There are
various walking and cycling routes through the countryside, but one
of the best ways to see Alsace-Lorraine is by boat, along one of
the seven main canal routes.
Pretty towns and villages in Alsace produce distinctive white
wines often overlooked by the hordes of tourists in Bordeaux and
Champagne country, and the Alsatian Vineyard Route is a great way
to sample the region's great wines along with delicious Alsatian
cuisine. Cities like Strasbourg and Colmar provide a bit of urban
contrast, but preserve the character of the region with
UNESCO-listed town centres containing many beautiful historic
buildings and lively arts and culture communities.
Lorraine has a more pronounced German influence, but the
inhabitants are still proudly French. Its main cities are Nancy, a
lively city with a large student population; and Metz, with a
strong military history and beautiful city centre.
Because of its geographic location, a holiday in Alsace-Lorraine
gives visitors a chance to glimpse the unique culture and history
of the region, but also makes a perfect base for a multi-country
holiday with easy access to the Rhine Valley and both the French
and Swiss Alps, and major cities like Berne, Basel, Frankfurt and
Information & Facts
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).