Travelling through Alsace and Lorraine on a rented canal boat can be a superb way of taking in some enjoyable festivals and interesting exhibitions. Make the events calendar your first port of call!
Lutzelbourg, in Lorraine, is the starting point for many Locaboat tours in Alsace, as it's ideally situated between the Vosges region and Alsace. If you follow the “Alsace – in Capitals” tour route, you can stop off to explore the wonderful cities of Strasbourg and Saverne, with their rich programmes of cultural events:
- From 14 June 2014 to 4 January 2015, Strasbourg’s museum of contemporary art will be hosting a retrospective of Daniel Buren, one of the greatest contemporary artists.
- If theatre-going is more your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice between 11 July and 14 August, during the “Eté cour, Été jardin” festival (Summer in the Courtyard, Summer in the Garden). There's a wide range of performances being staged – some of them especially for young audiences – at Strasbourg’s two famous theatres, the TAPS Gare-Laiterie and the TAPS Scala.
- As this year is the centenary of the Great War, you may want to visit La Chambre, an impressive exhibition area dedicated to photography, where a superb exhibition of photographs from the year 1914 is being hosted until 26 July, and again from 20 August to 7 September.
- If you’re interested in contemporary music, the Festival Musica, taking place this year from 25 September to 10 October, will introduce you to all kinds of cutting edge musical creations from all over the world.
- Still in September, over the weekend of 20/21, you’ll have the chance to pick up some antique furniture and bric-à-brac at the ‘Salon Européen de la Brocante et de l'Antiquité’ antiques fair.
When you moor up at Saverne during your trip, fine food will be one of the great attractions. Don’t miss the local produce markets that are held every Tuesday between 4pm and 7pm in front of Saverne railway station, and on Fridays between 4pm and 8pm in Rue des Jardins at Ottersthal. You’ll find some of the very best regional specialities there, made by small-scale local producers.
And if you’re up for it, you can cycle right into the heart of the Vosges du Nord regional natural park to visit the magnificent Lalique museum in Wingen-Sur-Moder. From 16 May to 11 November 2014 there’s an exhibition on the theme of water, fish, sirens, dolphins and dragonflies: an ideal place to visit on your canal barge holiday.
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