From the Champagne-Ardenne to the borders of Alsace, passing by the Vosges massif, the Grand Est is made up of places with real character. To visit this beautiful region, les Collectionneurs offer hotels and charming guesthouses where you can stay, as well as some fantastic places to eat.
The rich architectural heritage of the towns and villages is rivalled only by the beauty of the landscapes. To get to the Grand Est of France, head for the international airports of Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or Strasbourg-Entzheim. The major cities are well-served by TGV trains from Paris or Lyon.
In both summer and winter, the Vosges and Champagne regions make for a truly charming destination, the perfect mix of escape and relaxation. Although Strasbourg, the crossroads of Europe, is best known for its Christmas markets, the charming capital of Alsace is a pleasure to visit in all seasons. In fine weather, the banks of the River Ill call out for a stroll. The quays that run alongside the half-timbered houses, decorated with geraniums, allow glimpses of the pretty cobbled streets that lead to the hidden district of Little France, the old town.
The beautiful town of Bas-Rhin is marked out for wine lovers, the starting point for a getaway on the Alsace wine route. This route will take travellers though the Alsatian vineyards from Marlenheim to Thann, passing by some of the most beautiful villages in France, such as Riquewihr. Along the way, make sure not to miss the castles that overlook the heights, including the Château de Haut-Kœnigsbourg, dating from the 12th century and restored at the beginning of the 20th century.
The route meanders all the way to Colmar, where you can discover the district of Little Venice with its maze of canals. To the west, the fir forests of the Ballon des Vosges natural park offer an idyllic setting for beautiful hikes. Travellers on a quest for peace and quiet will love relaxing by Lake Gérardmer. In the cold season, this pearl of the Vosges boasts a ski area with 40 kilometres of fantastic slopes, but this pretty city also attracts visitors in the summer for walks in the great outdoors. On family holidays, the path that leads to the Saut de la Bourrique waterfall is ideal for exploring with little ones.
Further north, the rich heritage of its cities gives Lorraine its reputation. Place Stanislas in Nancy is an architectural jewel, with its pavilions and rococo fountains, while Metz unveils the gothic cathedral of Saint-Étienne, bordered by the Moselle River or the Germans' gate, last vestige of an ancient fortress. These historic monuments have almost nothing to envy at the cathedral of Reims, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From this spot in the Champagne, the view over the most coveted vineyards in the world showcases a landscape that changes with the seasons.
From an elegant period mansion to a spa hotel decorated in a modern style, without forgetting some of the more unusual places to stay, each of these establishments is distinguished by the owners' commitment to welcoming guests in a warm and friendly environment, in order to offer them an unforgettable stay. These establishments also offer all modern comforts. The spacious and tastefully decorated rooms offer comfortable beds, as well as amenities such as a flat-screen television and wifi access. The bathrooms are fully equipped, with bathtub and shower.
To make it easier to organise your trip, the establishments selected by les Collectionneurs take online bookings. For family holidays, certain establishments offer a babysitting service on request. For a romantic stay in the spirit of relaxation, couples will love taking advantage of an outdoor pool, or heading down to the hotel spa, furnished with an indoor pool, steam room, sauna and whirlpool. Relaxing couple's massages and treatments will provide a true moment of serenity.
Les Collectionneurs offer a range of charming hotels where you can stay, scattered across the four corners of the Grand Est, situated in the historic centre of a medieval city or nestled amidst lush greenery. To discover the Grand Est region, simply book a room in a hotel in Strasbourg or Troyes. From this pied-à-terre, travellers can enjoy the perfect getaway to nearby destinations. In the Bas-Rhin, for example, wandering through the vineyards and visiting the wine cellars of Alsace is a treat which can be enjoyed before climbing the Sainte-Odile mountain near Obernal.
Nature lovers will enjoy hiking in the great outdoors or kayaking on the river. The hotels can help guests to organise access to these sporting activities. In winter, stay in a charming hotel in the heart of the Vosges, and head out for a little skiing or snowshoeing. In the evening, a room elegantly decorated in a chalet style creates a warm and cosy atmosphere.
A gourmet getaway in Alsace, Lorraine or the Champagne region will invite you to discover local cuisine in an enchanting setting. The restaurants selected by les Collectionneurs are run by passionate chefs who wish to share their taste for the authentic.
Local produce, from wild mushrooms to specialty cheeses, not to mention fresh river fish, are treated with creativity. Baeckeoffe and flammekueche are traditional dishes not to be missed. But restaurateurs also pay homage to local gastronomy by revisiting these classics. Finally, it's impossible to speak of the Grand Est without mentioning the great wines of Champagne or Alsace, which can be savoured during a tasting or a dinner at one of the establishments selected by les Collectionneurs.
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