23 days in Grand Est Itinerary

23 days in Grand Est Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Grand Est vacation planner

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Strasbourg
— 7 nights
Drive
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Orschwiller
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colmar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mulhouse
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nancy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Metz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Verdun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Reims
— 3 nights
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Strasbourg

— 7 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
You've now added Happy Strasbourg to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Ancien camp de concentration de Natzweiler-Struthof (in Natzwiller), Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott) and Lalique Museum (in Wingen-sur-Moder). The adventure continues: take a stroll through La Petite France, make a trip to Barrage Vauban, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Strasbourg day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Strasbourg Airport and Metz-Nancy-Lorraine Airport. In July, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Orschwiller.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Orschwiller

— 2 nights
Orschwiller is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern France.The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is located in the commune. On the 24th (Fri), do a tasting at Domaine Fernand Engel, do a tasting at Domaine Koeberle-Kreyer, explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Claude et Christophe Bleger, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Allimant-Laugner. On the next day, hike along Sentier des Passeurs, then stop by Ehret Creation, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Maurice.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Orschwiller driving holiday planner.

Drive from Strasbourg to Orschwiller in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Orschwiller, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Colmar.

Things to do in Orschwiller

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 26th (Sun), stop by Little Venice, don't miss a visit to Old Town, and then get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, don't miss a visit to Dolder Tower, then make a trip to Vieille Ville, then don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Jouet.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colmar online vacation planner.

Colmar is just a stone's throw from Orschwiller. In July, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mulhouse.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mulhouse

— 2 nights
An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration, examine the collection at Cite de l'Automobile, then examine the collection at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer, and finally view the masterpieces at Orlinda Lavergne. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Zoologique & Botanique de Mulhouse.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mulhouse road trip site.

You can drive from Colmar to Mulhouse in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Mulhouse can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nancy.

Things to do in Mulhouse

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Nancy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, admire the masterpieces at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, then pause for some photo ops at Place de la Carriere, and finally make a trip to Place Stanislas. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum-Aquarium de Nancy, stroll around Parc de la Pepiniere, then make a trip to La Porte de la Craffe, and finally make a trip to Basilique Saint-Epvre.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nancy trip itinerary website.

Drive from Mulhouse to Nancy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Metz.

Things to do in Nancy

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Metz

— 2 nights

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo d'Amnéville, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Gare de Metz-Ville, then wander the streets of Place Saint Jacques, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Œuvre de la cathédrale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Walygator Grand Est, then explore the galleries of Fort de Queuleu, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Le Temple Neuf.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Metz trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nancy to Metz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July in Metz, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Verdun.

Things to do in Metz

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Verdun

— 2 nights
The River Meuse runs through Verdun forming several canals throughout the valley, surrounded by hills with historical fortresses, battlefields, and underground barracks, as well as a healthy beer brewing culture.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): learn about all things military at Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun, steep yourself in history at Fort Douaumont, then take an in-depth tour of Verdun Memorial, and finally contemplate the long history of Trench of the Bayonets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort de Vaux, then steep yourself in history at Douaumont Ossuary, then take in the history at La Tranchee de Chattancourt, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Saint Mihiel American Cemetery.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Verdun travel planner.

Getting from Metz to Verdun by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Verdun sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Verdun

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Reims

— 3 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then learn about winemaking at Champagne Pierre Morlet. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Pierrefonds, then do a tasting at Mercier, and then do a tasting at Moet et Chandon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Reims trip itinerary website.

Drive from Verdun to Reims in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Verdun in August: high temperatures in Reims hover around 27°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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