Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine, Alsace, Franche-Comté, Burgundy
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(Mileage is estimated distance from each preceeding city or site.)
- Abbey Church, tomb of Dom Pérignon.
CHAMPAGNE WINE ROUTE
- (156 miles total) The Route Touristiqse du
Champagne (from Hautvillers to Outines the long scenic way via Villenauxe-la-Grande, the Mountain of Reims, the Marne Valley and the Côte des
- OUTINES (55 miles)
- In the heart of the Der region of oak forests,
open fields and waterways, half-timbered church of St-Nicholas and old
houses on the Grande rue.
- BAR-SUR-AUBE (34 miles)
- 12th-century church of St-Pierre, Monks
Cellar, Gothic cave with inscriptions.
- COLOMBE-LE-SEC (5 miles)
- Flowered wine village. Nearby, Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, where Charles de Gaulle lived and is buried.
- ARC-EN-BAROIS (35 miles)
- Pleasant vacation setting in forest, 13th-century church, 18-hole golf course.
- JOINVILLE (42 miles)
- Château and Renaissance gardens, 13th-century
bridge with houses along it. Good restaurants.
- POISSONS (4 miles)
- 16th-century church of St-Aignan with flamboyant
- ECOT-LA-COMBE (20 miles)
- Picturesque hamlet in wooded site.
- BOURBONNE-LES-BAINS (31 miles)
- Pretty parks and municipal museum,
- CHATILLON-SUR-SAONE (7 miles)
- Renaissance village, regional products
at historic Hotel de Sandrecourt.
- VITTEL (27 miles)
- Famous spa, casino in 1000 hectare park. Concerts,
golf, horse racing, tennis.
- COLLINE INSPIRE (19 miles)
- Hill of Sion-Vaudremont, named "Inspired
Hill" by French author Maurice Barres, pilgrimage site, one of the most
celebrated panoramas in Lorraine.
- GELAUCOURT (2 miles)
- Flowered village.
- NANCY (14 miles)
- Capital of Lorrain, exquisite Place Stanislas, on
UNESCO's World Heritage list. Art Nouveau museum with works by Galle.
- METZ (22 miles)
- St-Etienne Cathedral, stained glass from 16th century
to Chagall; Art and Historical Museum, Chevremont Grainstore, St-Louis
Square, medieval mansions, German Gate.
- HATTONCHATEL (32 miles)
- Delightful village overlooking Woevre valley,
15th-century church and cloister, 11th-century château.
- RODEMACK (63 miles)
- Walled medieval city, historical celebration
- BITCHE (89 miles)
- In forest of the "Little Vosges," citadel by
- OBERSTEINBACH (14 miles) and NEIDERSTEINBACH (2 miles)
Alsatian villages in the northern Vosges Forest near German border.
- LEMBACH (7 miles)
- Major fortifications of the Maginot Line. Nearby
Château de Fleckenstein.
- WISSEMBOURG (10 miles)
- Typical Alsatian houses, St-Peter-and-Paul
church with medieval stained glass, Westercamp Museum.
- HUNSPACH (6 miles)
- Remarkably unspoiled Alsatian village with typical
houses and farms. Nearby Cleebourg vineyards famous for Pinot Blancs
and Pinot Gris wines, and Batschdorf pottery center.
- STRASBOURG (31 miles)
- Capital of Alsace, home of the Council of
Europe and European Parliament. Notre-Dame Cathedral, astronomical clock, a
dozen prestigious museums. Colorful old town, "La Petite France."
ALSACE WINE ROUTE
(80 miles total) MARLENHEIM, OBERNAI, OTTROTT-LA-ROUGE, MONT-ST-ODILE, MITTELBERGHEIM, ANDLAU, DAMBACH-LA-VILLE,
CHATENOIS, BERGHEIM, RIQUEWIHR, HUNAWIHR, KAYSERSBERG, RIBEAUVILLE,
TURCKHEIM, EGUISHEIM, THANN. Beautiful villages and vineyards all the way.
- COLMAR (on the Wine Route, 44 miles from Strasbourg)
- Wine capital of
Alsace, Unterlinden Museum and Issenheim altarpiece by Gruenewald,
Museum of Bartholdi, creator of Statue of Liberty.
- RONCHAMP (64 miles)
- Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Haut built by Le Corbusier
in 1955 on hilltop site.
- FONDREMAND (40 miles)
- Feudal château, 11th-century tower with local
history museum, traditional Franche-Comté houses, arts and crafts
- CHAMPLITTLE (40 miles)
- Renaissance houses in Place des Halles, Albert
Demard Museum in 16th & 18th century château.
- PESMES (24 miles)
- Dramatic site on Ognon River, St-Hilary church, old
town, castle, ramparts.
- NANCRAY (30 miles)
- Open-air museum of rural Franche-Comté
- ORNANS (17 miles)
- Hone of Gustave Courbet, fishing museum, 15th to
- LODS (7 miles)
- Wine museum, vignerons' houses, on the Loue River.
- MOUTHIER-HAUTE-PIERRE (2 miles)
- Kirsch liqueur from Marsotte dark
cherries grown here.
- JURA WINE ROUTE (80 miles total)
- The vineyards of Arbois, Château-Chalon, Etoile and Côtes du Jura along this route from Salins-les-Bains to Saint-Amour.
- CLUNY (38 miles from St-Amour)
- Visit the Ochier Museum before touring
the Abbey ruins.
- BURGUNDY WINE ROUTE (45 miles total)
- From Dijon to south of Chagny,
the N74 is one of the greatest wine roads of France, following the
Cote'd'Or through Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanée, Nuits St-Georges,
Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, among
other superb vineyards.
- DIJON (28 miles from Beaune)
- Former capital of Dukes of Burgundy,
Ducal Palace and Guard Room, pedestrian streets, wonderful restuarants.
- SEMUR-EN-AUXOIS (50 miles)
- Town of treasures, Renaissance houses on
rue Buffon, Cathedral Notre Dame, Porte des Bleds, Savigny Gate with
- VEZELAY (29 miles)
- Perched hill village, Basilica St-Mary Magdelen
with doorway and tympanum, terrace, ramparts, view of Morvan National