Boating Holidays in Alsace Lorraine
Your choice of bases
Boofzheim Canal de la Marne au Rhin (one-way base only)
Hesse Canal de la Marne au Rhin
Saarbrucken Canal des Houilleres de la Sarre
Discover the well-kept secrets of this pretty border region of France, with its quaint pastel-painted villages and quiet vineyards.
Throughout recent history this region has been repeatedly fought over by France and Germany, changing nationality four times between 1871 and 1945. The landscape shows plenty of evidence of its beleaguered past with many fortified towns and cities such as Toul and Grand, as well as the regional capitals of Strasbourg and Nancy. Historical influences have also shaped the region culturally so that the architecture, dialect and cuisine, whilst all proudly French, show strong evidence of the Germanic influences of the past.
Canal de la Marne au Rhin
Our bases at Boozheim and Hesse sit beside the beautiful Canal de la Marne au Rhin. This mountainous wooded region has some breathtaking scenery, and traversing it means experiencing some major canal engineering in the form of several tunnels, and an amazing inclined section at St Louis d'Arzviller. Cruise towards Strasbourg and gaze in wonder as you pass the beautiful waterside Renaissance palace at Saverne. Setting out from Toul, you can cruise up the Moselle along the foothills of the Voseges, justly famous for their stunning woodland vistas.
Wherever you are on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, you are right in the heart of fantastic wine country. Somehow your wine will taste so much better savoured from the banks as you watch the sun sink low over the mountains.
Canal des Houilleres de la Saar
This canal links France and Germany and gives you the opportunity to travel through lakes and forest and to get close to nature at Gondrexange. A visit to the town of Sarreguemines famous for its earthenware pottery. Enjoy the numerous watersports and other activities available on the Mittersheim Lake.
Regional food and drink
Much of the attraction of this region lies in its food and drink - Lorraine offers namesake quiches, whilst in Alsace you'll enjoy sauerkraut dishes served with speciality flowery white wines, such as Riesling or Gewürztraminer.