Travels in Lorraine

From Lunéville
to Sarrebourg

A wealth of heritage

From the Age of Enlightenment with the Lunéville château, to Chagall by way of Sarrebourg, here it’s all about culture and architecture.

Next comes the story of the art of crystal making as told at the Baccarat Museum. On a more industrial note, the Shiplift of Arzviller is a true fluvial feat. The orchards (of mirabelle plums, of course!), rivers and forests set the tone for the pleasures of a countryside holiday. Incidentally, it’s here that Center Parcs chose for the location of its holiday village aptly named the Domaine des Trois Forêts (Three Forests Estate).

Lunéville Château

Welcome to the court of the Dukes of Lorraine. In 1698, young Duke Leopold decided to make this his primary residence. Stanislaw lived here as well, in all the splendour and refinement that he was known for. Gardens and additional wings were built to welcome guests such as Voltaire and Emilie du Châtelet. The majestic site remains untouched, making for an absolutely phenomenal journey to the Age of Enlightenment.


Our tip

In 1974 a farmer who was digging a well happened to discover the base of a colomn in an area which was later identified as being a sanctuary dedicated to the god Hercules.

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The Baccarat Museum: from the roots of a myth to a global sparkle

Just across from the market where the glassblowers have been working since 1764, the “Château” once lodged the directors of the crystal factory and today houses the museum. A new layout plays on contrasts: raw materials enhance the brilliance, utmost refinement and extravagance of the in-house creations. A must.

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Sarrebourg Regional Museum: all you could want in a museum

Spacious, bright and balanced, the setting is perfect for showcasing the collections: archaeology, 18th century earthenware and porcelain, ancient and contemporary art, and for the grand finale, the tapestry entitled “Peace” by Yvette Cauquil-Prince based on the stained-glass window with the same name by Marc Chagall. The piece is a part of the Chagall Trail that leads to the famous window in the Cordeliers Chapel.

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Mirabelle Plum Centre: for all the gold in Lorraine

Bite into a mirabelle in the orchards during the harvest (usually in mid-August), but also savour the fruit all year round in jams, syrups, juices, liqueurs, eau-de-vie, candies or biscuits. In Rozelieures, the Grallet-Dupic family will share their passion and know-how that they’ve perfected over 5 generations.

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Shiplift of Arzviller, the fluvial feat

Inaugurated in January 1969 on the Marne-Rhine Canal, the shiplift replaced 17 locks. With its slope of 41% and height of 44.55 m, the operation takes only four minutes, compared to a day of travelling before. The transversal Arzviller Shiplift is the only one of its kind in Europe.

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Abreschviller Forest Train, full steam ahead

Relive the glory days of one of the longest forest railways in Europe. Wind along the Red Saar Valley aboard authentic railway cars. The luckiest of passengers might even get to take the controls of the train.

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Short stays, accommodation, useful info

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Plan your stay

From 178€ /pers3 days / 2 nights


  • 2 nights in superior room with breakfast buffet served in the lounge
  • 2 “Tradition” dinner (excluding drinks)
  • Admissions to the Nancy School museum, art gallery (musée des Beaux-Arts) and Le Montet botanic gardens
  • Visit to a winecellar in Lucey with tasting of Côtes de Toul (AOC) wines and mirabelle plum brandies
  • Unlimited access to the hotel’s recreational amenities







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