Visit Eastern France
Eastern France is a hotchpotch of cultures. The region fuses French traditions with the tastes and styles and sounds of central Europe - particularly strong are the region's distinct German influences. At the centre of Western Europe, where the great River Rhine divides the continent, Eastern France has been at the strategic centre of empires and warring nations for centuries and has the deep scars and the many historical landmarks to prove it.
Alsace and Lorraine, in the north-east of France, posses the most obvious German trademarks - in Strasbourg, the Alsatian capital, you can start dinner with local sauerkraut and Germanic beer and end on the delicate French pastries for which the region is famous.
The further from the German and Swiss borders you go, the more French the towns and cities become. Franche-Comte acts as a bridge between the Alps and the winegrowing plains of Burgundy, whilst the forests of the Ardennes in the north shelter the Champagne region and that region's famous bottles of bubbly. Visiting the champagne houses in and around Reims is a particular travel highlight in that part of France.
An interesting and beautiful area for its distinct identity and stunning countryside, Eastern France is well worth exploring.
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Burgundy is one of modern France's most prosperous regions, with a rural heartland dominated by vines and vineyards, and dotted with quaint local villages, small medieval towns, proud châteaux and sleepy canals. Like Champagne to the north, Burgundy is perhaps best know for the world-class wine it …
Franche-Comte sits between the rural wine lands of Burgundy to the west and the rising peaks of the Alps to the east. Its sweeping farmland and dramatic alpine passes make it popular with outdoors enthusiasts, with opportunities for trekking and mountain biking along routes that stretch their way a…
Champagne-Ardenne bubbles like the famous fizz that the region exclusively produces. An area of intense agriculture, it's one of France's most fragrant regions, jumping from the evocative cultural and culinary heritage of Champagne to the Ardennes, a region of deep woods, rolling hills and stunning…
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