Canals & Waterways

Canal de la Marne au Rhine and the Canal du Rhone au Rhin, offering barge travel between Nancy and Strasbourg. Once the longest canal in France, the Canal de la Marne au Rhine opened in 1853. The Canal du Rhone au Rhin connects the valleys of the Saône and the Rhine rivers between the Vosges and Jura. Petite France, the small area between the rivers, is home to some of Strasbourg’s prettiest and most photogenic streets and buildings.


Sightseeing Highlights

Strasbourg’s beautifully preserved city center beckons with Gothic churches and pedestrian-friendly streets. Nancy, the birthplace of Art Nouveau art and architecture. The Arzviller boat elevator, which ascends or descends over the Vosges Mountains, allowing barges to traverse in four minutes what once took an entire day. Sip Alsatian riesling during vineyard visits along the Route de Vin d’Alsace. Seasonal sweets, handcrafted goods, and holiday ambiance during the annual Christmas Markets.

Indulgent Insights

Alsatian food is synonymous with enjoyment and conviviality, and served in generous portions. Savor the region’s signature recipe, Tarte Flambée, or Flammenkueche, made with locally produced cheese. Sip some of the most celebrated dry Rieslings in the world, as well as the area’s wonderfully aromatic Gewürztraminer wines. Combining traditional Germanic brewing techniques with the passion of French culinary culture, the boutique beermakers within Alsace-Lorraine produce truly special suds.


Why Barge in

Scenery, scenery, scenery! Peaceful and romantic cruising through the placid greenery of deep forests and past hilltops dotted with the remains of feudal castles. Fairy-tale villages and enchanting towns, with preserved half-timbered houses, charming cobblestoned streets, and lively town squares. Explore the complex heritage and history of this region, which has been variously claimed by France and Germany.