Canal boating holidays in Alsace & Ardennes

Cruising the Alsace region will take you right through traditional villages with gorgeous flower-filled balconies. The Canal de la Marne au Rhin will allow you to reach leads you into the very heart of Strasbourg with on your self drive boat. On your way to the home of the European Parliament, don’t miss the beautiful town of Saverne and the ducal palace.

Cruising the Canal de la Sarre, you’ll pass through leafy woodland and welcoming small towns full of traditional inns. On your way back, you’ll enjoy the thrilling boat lift of Arzwiller which replaces 17 locks.

The Ardennes region, on the Belgian border is famous for its forests and wild life. It is the perfect boating destination for nature lovers. The Canal de la Meuse meanders through the beautiful orchards of Lorraine as far as Verdun. Further north, the cities of Namur and Dinant are very lively and welcome a lot of tourists every season.


ArdennesStart base: PONT-À-BAR

Circuit Ardennes Alsace Lorraine

Canal de la Meuse, Meuse, Canal des Ardennes, Canal de l’Aisne à la Marne

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Alsace-LorraineStart bases: LUTZELBOURG

Circuit Ardennes Alsace Lorraine

Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Canal de la Sarre, Moselle, Canal des Vosges

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Things to see in Alsace & Ardennes

  • Curiosity

    The Arzwiller boat liftThe boat lift in St-Louis Arzviller is a true elevator for boats, which enables you to cross the 44,5m altitude difference in only 20 minutes. This equipment, unique in Europe, is worth visiting with your Penichette®.

    The boat lift in St-Louis Arzviller will reopen on the 3rd of August 2015

  • Strasbourg

    The city of Strasbourg, FranceHeadquarter of the European Parliament, Strasbourg is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe with its magnificent cathedral Notre-Dame, marvel of the Gothic art and chiseled as a lace work.

    The whole city center was listed as UNESCO world heritage thanks to its great architectural heritage. But Strasbourg also distinguishes itself by its lifestyle and its gastronomy. Sauerkraut, baeckeoffe, singed tart, spaetzle, foie gras… we can taste all the traditional specialties in the local “winstubs”, these inns with warm and friendly atmosphere. In brief, a must see during your canal boat holidays!

  • The pond of Gondrexange

    The pond of Gondrexange, of a surface of 700 hectares, was created by monks in the Middle Ages. During the drilling of the Canal of the Marne to the Rhine in 1853, then during the canal of the Saar in 1866, the pond played the role of reservoir.

    The pond of Gondrexange has kept intact its wild charm and the wealth of its fauna. It is a renowned place for fishing, thanks to the numerous pikes and perches. It’s also the perfect location for a stop to enjoy the beach and swim next to your boat.

  • Gastronomy in Ardennes

    Gastronomy in Ardennes, FranceThe game-rich region of the Ardennes offers many game specialities. Pies, ham and sausages complete the offer. Famous are the ham from the Ardennes, but connoisseurs prefer the white sausage, a typical speciality, produced by local butchers. Undisputed capital of white sausage is Rethel, a must for any houseboat vacationers, but also the white sausages Fumay are excellent. A gourmet festival is held there in its honor every year in July.

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