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Boating In Europe: Alsace - Lorraine


The timeless charm of the Alsace - Lorraine, two of France's best kept secrets

You'll find a region of quiet, peaceful meadows, steep pine-wooded valleys, villages of half-timbered houses with colourful window boxes.

You can see the influences of Germany everywhere in this area, which is hardly suprising since both these provinces were once annexes of Germany. You will see it in the cutlure, dialect and the style of the buildings. Despite this the Alsace - Lorraine regions are feircely French.

Canal de la Marne au Rhin

The lock in the centre of Saverne, Canal de le Marne au Rhin The lock in the centre of Saverne, Canal de le Marne au RhinLock-keeper's cottage, Canal de le Marne au Rhin
The canal is distinctive in having two summit levels, a number of tunnels and a wondrous piece of engineering - the inclined plane of St Louis d'Arzviller. Cruise through fields of cereal, until you start to climb through the dense pine forests to Mauvages, famous for it's tunnel.
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The beautiful streets of Saverne, Canal de le Marne au RhinSarralbe, Canal des Houillères de la Sarre
The Connoisseur Magnifique cruising past the château at Saverne, Canal de le Marne au Rhin

1. The beautiful streets of Saverne, Canal de le Marne au Rhin
2. Sarralbe, Canal des Houillères de la Sarre
3. The Connoisseur Magnifique cruising past the chatteau at Saverne, Canal de le Marne au Rhin

The descent to the Moselle Valley is followed by another gentle climb to the Lorraine plateau to join the Vosges and the eastern summit. Here you can descend 146 feet by the d'Arzviller inclined plane to the Zorn Valley, gently merging with the splendid Alsace plains to reach Strasbourg.

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