Sprawling across ten French departments, Grand-Est lives up to the ‘grand’ in its name. Bordering Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland it is a hub for international trade, but its abundance of natural spaces, Vosges mountain range and ski resorts, and prestigious vineyards, it’s also an interesting and vibrant place to visit.
Strasbourg in Alsace is the capital, steeped in German influences it boasts a striking Gothic cathedral, an intriguing network of narrow streets, pretty half-timbered houses, picturesque Petite France and Christmas markets which put others to shame.
Alsace is also a top wine region, with 90 towns and villages to explore along its celebrated Route des Vins. Champagne is the department to head for if you enjoy the finer things in life. Taste the bubbly in a famous champagne house and take a tour to see where it’s grown and how it’s made.
Grand-Est also boasts some incredible natural landscapes which must be seen to be appreciated in all their beauty. The regional natural parks of Ardennes, Ballons des Vosges, Montagne de Reims, Lorraine and Vosges du Nord offer an abundance of scenic walking trails, and the region’s lakes (Der-Chantecoq, Madine and the four lakes of the Pays de Langres) give visitors the opportunity to enjoy water sports as well as lakeside strolls.
Recharge your batteries after exploring the great outdoors in one of Grand-Est’s spa towns which include Amnéville-les Thermes, Bins-les-Bains and Bourbonne-les-Bains to name but a handful.
Browse our large gites and villas in Grand-Est to find a spacious and comfortable base for your group holiday.