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Spend your holidays in Alsace

HOLIDAYS IN ALSACE : HEAD OFF TO THE SUMMER EVENTS

They love a party in Eastern France! There are festivals and entertainments, markets and concerts throughout the summer. It’s a packed calendar of events that you can see for yourself when you take a Locaboat holiday for your holidays in Alsace.

OK, it might be a cliché, but when you think of boating holidays in Alsace you can’t help thinking about sauerkraut and beer! Any holidaymakers touring the area around Saverne between 28 and 30 August will be able to enjoy the beer festival. The programme includes Alsatian beers – especially from the Licorne brewery – but also Belgian and German beers. Tourists heading for Strasbourg the same week could go as far as Geispolsheim, which has been an agricultural area since the Middle Ages and is famous for its cabbages and sauerkraut festival. This region to the south of Strasbourg has lots of pretty, flower-filled villages to explore and plenty of events as well. In Albé, for example, from 21-23 August this year, they are holding the 25th annual ‘Albé en Habit de Lumière’ festival (Albé Dressed in Lights). This event commemorates the region’s history and traditions and includes visits to period houses (floodlit for the occasion), scenes illustrating life in the past, and other free attractions, including concerts by the Haut-Koenigsbourg Orchestra. Music-lovers could also take a detour to Obernai, where a very fine chamber music festival takes place from 24-31 July. But really keen fans of boating holidays and watersports might prefer the Fête des Bateliers (Boatmen’s Festival), in Rhinau on Sunday 2 August.

Obviously, the place that will host the most events for your holidays in Alsace is Strasbourg, an unmissable stopover on the Marne-Rhine Canal. From 21 July to 21 August, it’s the location for the Été Cour, Été Jardins festival, with a great programme of jazz concerts, French songs and classical music, as well as readings and shows for children. Bargain-hunters can have a great time on Saturday 25 July at the famous ‘Braderie de Strasbourg’ flea market. And lovers of modern music shouldn’t miss the top-quality Musica Festival that starts on 17 September.

But boat crews who prefer to set a course for Sarrebruck won’t be disappointed. The Old Town Festival, which runs from 17 to 19 July, has become one of the biggest music festivals in South-Western Germany. For two days, the town centre is transformed into a festival site which has something for everyone, with a flea market, craft market and gourmet flavours to discover. And from 7 to 9 August, the party continues with the ‘Saar-Spektakel’. Locaboat holidaymakers should love this, because the accent is on anything to do with water and watersports, including water-based shows such as the Chinese dragon boat race on the River Sarre. Put it in your diary!

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