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Visiting Alsace-Lorraine, France

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The towns, mountains, history and nature make Alsace-Lorraine a wonderful place to visit. Picturesque scenery of cultivated plains and small villages, mountains and its unique culture are amongst the attractions here, as are the fabulous wines and foods.

This region has been contested a number of times in the last two centuries between Germany and France. It was the site of some of the most tragic and important battles of World War I. There is plenty of evidence here of that.

Verdun

Verdun is where the longest battle of World War I was fought where thousands died. There are still signs of this battle practically everywhere, as well as memorials to those that fought here. You can visit this battlefield.

Two other major attractions in Verdun are the Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace, now home to the World Peace Centre.

The Verdun Cathedral suffered major damage during WWI since being built in the 10th Century. It was restored and now is a French historic monument.

Strasbourg

Strasbourg has been called the "the Crossroads of Europe" for a number of reasons, including its location between Paris and Prague. Easy to explore on foot the city has unique districts that relate to its earlier history. Particularly interesting is La Petite France, with its many canals lined by half timbered houses.

Two other major attractions in this city are the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame and the European Parliament. Another is the Palais Rohan, a grand palace that now houses three major museums.

Metz

This historic town has been in existence for over 3000 years. There are wonderful parks to visit as well as the Arsenal, the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the Opera House and Saint-Jacques square.

The strategic position of Metz has left defensive walls dating back to the classical antiquity in the city and through the ages, as well as major fortifications having been an important part of the Maginot Line in WWI.

Nancy

Nancy is a beautiful city and the capital of Lorraine. You will find the square, Place Stanislas is a stunning example of French Classicism, designed by Emmanuel Héré de Corny. Constructed in 1752 to 1755, it is now a World Heritage Site for its grand buildings and the Arc de Triomphe.

Visiting

Visitors have much to see and do here, the region has some of the most significant cathedrals, beautiful cities, wooded mountains and ancient ruins to explore.

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