About Alsace-Lorraine

Let alluring Alsace seduce you

Boating vacations in Alsace indulge the senses with all manner of experiences — rural, urban and everything in between. Two beautiful canals lead to vibrant cities in France and Germany, and along the way you get to enjoy lake resorts, village cafés, towering castles and some of the finest cuisine in France! Enjoy a deliciously unique blend of cultures you’ll find nowhere else!

 

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Map showing where the Alsace boating region is in France

The perfect boating region for...

Alsace Region map

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The perfect boating region for...

Nature Lovers

Canal Rhone au Rhin, near Strasbourg

Truly a unique region of France on the western border of Germany, the Alsace-Lorraine-Saarland is rife with lush forests and expanses of marshland that support a host of wild creatures. The Delta de la Sauer is just one of the 21 nature reserves in the area!

History & Heritage

Man and Woman dancing in traditional Alsation dress

Grand castles and soaring cathedrals in Germany's Saarbrücken and France's Strasbourg signify the rich historic past of the region. Whilst enjoying the history and heritage of these waters, be sure to see the Basilica St. Johann in Saarbrücken and Rohan Palace in Saverne!

Gastronomy

Sausages and Saurkraut

In Alsace-Lorraine-Saarland, the pig is known as le seigneur cochon (the noble pig)! Obviously, pork is big on Alsace Boating Vacations! Choucroute alsacienne, for example, is sauerkraut with sausage, pork or ham. Try tourte, a pie with ham, bacon or ground pork with eggs and leeks!

Please note that the Alsace-Lorraine cruising season lasts from 1st April - 31st October 2020, and then from 1st April - 29th October 2021.

Useful information

Download our region guide

Check out our region guideWe've produced a handy PDF guide for this region to give you an overview of all the stops and things to do along the waterway.

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A careful look at an Alsace-Lorraine regional map reveals two intersecting waterways: the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and The Canal des Houillères de la Sarre. They form an L-shape from Germany’s Saarbrücken south down the Saar Valley and east to Strasbourg, France, known as the city of roads. These two fabulous waterways create an ideal setting for your Boating Vacations in Alsace!

The Marne au Rhin runs 314 kilometres (195 miles) from Vitry-le-Francois to Strasbourg, passing through the amazing Arzviller transversal inclined plane completed in 1968. It replaced 17 locks and raises boats 45 metres (147 feet). The Canal des Houillères de la Sarre dates from 1860 and extends 64 kilometres (about 40 miles) from Saarbrücken to the Marne au Rhin.

Whilst France expanded its canal network in the west, with fledgling efforts starting in the 1500s, the east languished. Finally, as the Industrial Revolution hit full swing, construction of the Canal de la Marne au Rhin began in 1838 and was finished in 1855. The canal’s purpose was to link Paris with Alsace and Germany. By the 1950s, thousands of tractor-towed, 300-tonne wooden barges (bilanders) plied the canal, but the traffic died out in the 1970s. Leisure craft rule now!

Purchase a boating licence before you begin your cruise if you plan on cruising from Saarbrücken to Apach along the waterways of Germany and Luxembourg. Our sales team can help you. Navigating the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and the Canal des Houillières de la Sarre is easy and suitable for beginners.

Take a look at our waterway and lock closures page to find out if there are any scheduled cruising restrictions that will affect your vacation plans.

The locks on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and Canal du Rhône au Rhin are automatic and easy to operate, and there is no charge to use them. Canal des Houillières de la Sarre locks have lock keepers to help with the manual locks. There is no charge.

Opening hours: During the busy summer season locks are open 07:00–19:00 (7:00 p.m.) on weekdays and Saturdays, and 07:00-18:00 (6:00 p.m.) on Sundays. These hours are for the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and the Canal du Rhône au Rhin. During the busy summer season the locks on the Canal des Houillères de la Sarre are open 08:30-18:30 (6:30 p.m.).

Public holidays: Locks are closed on some public holidays.

Lock Closure dates: Please be aware about the lock closure dates by local authorities. During that day(s), you won’t be able to go through the locks. For more details and questions, please contact our sales team.

Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Canal des Houilleres de la Sarre, Saare River: All locks closed on 1st May & 1st November

Moselle River: Moselle closed between 15th & 24th May 2017. The 'Triple Nations's cruise' is not possible.

Moorings are generally plentiful on all the canals.

To find out how to get to each of our bases in this boating region, as well as what facilities and amenities are available at each base or nearby, click on the relevant base below:

  • Rental of the boat and its onboard equipment
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demonstration prior to departure
  • Technical support
  • On-board maps and visitor information
  • Passage through locks
  • Optional vacation extras
  • Boat damage waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour (by the litre in Scotland).
  • Travel to and from the base(s)
  • Waterside services if you use them (i.e. moorings where a charge is applicable, pump-out if needed, water, etc)
  • Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance
  • Food and drink

Interactive map of Alsace-Lorraine

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Great to see...

A typical Alsatian village, Boofzheim is a beautiful place to see. In the thick of the town, between the Lutheran Roman Catholic Church and the old belltower, you will discover timbered-houses from the eighteenth century.

Take a walk through Plobsheim and visit the impressive chapel "Notre-Dame du Chêne" from 1454. Plobsheim has a golf club, a village square and pretty gardens.

A typical Alsatian village, Obenheim will enchant you with its half-timbered houses and good restaurants. Here you can visit the flower cave of the Jungfrau or, if you have time, explore the hiking trails.

Must see
Strasbourg summer waterway
There are so many things to see in this big town, with its streets bursting with flowers! This is the home of the European parliament and its impressive building can be seen from the canal. Strasbourg is also famous for its Gastronomy: foie gras, wines of Alsace, chocolates and eaux de vie.
The town is famous locally for its brewery. Brewing has been here since 870 A.D. and the local family owned brewer, Meteor, has a brasserie and museum. The brewery offers guided tours.
Must see
Roses hanging from trellis
It's a small and friendly town, possessing the region's characteristic steep-pitched roofs and window boxes full of geraniums. There are some beautiful traditional old half-timbered houses in town. Saverne is also known for its famous Rose Garden, displaying over 550 roses.
Lutzelbourg is easily identified by its towering castle which overlooks alpine wooden houses, giving the city a fairytale appearance. You can take a guided tour of the city by train. Also worth a visit are the city's many shops, the crystal cutter at “Maison Wurm”, and the boat museum.
Must see
Arzviller Boat lift
Arzviller is a pretty little village mainly known for its huge and unique boat lift that you will use to lift or lower your boat 45 metres up or down the canal. There's also a small, but interesting visitor centre if you fancy learning more about the lift's history.
In this typical floral city, you will find a beautiful church tower in a baroque style. Faience is also very developed in Niderviller; you will enjoy a visit to the porcelain factory.
A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.
Gondrexange is a charming city famous for its huge lake. It is an excellent place for fishing or swimming. There are also watersport facilities.
With its flower-lined harbour, Lagarde is part of the Lorraine Regional Natural Park. The church Saint Jean Baptiste" is also a beautiful sight to see.
"I float, but I do not sink" is the saying in Saint-Nicolas-De-Port, a welcoming city accustomed to fluvial activity for centuries. Enjoy visiting the great basilica and the museum of cinema and photography.
Must see
Place Stanislas ornamental streetlight
Nancy is a great city with so many treasures to see. The Place Stanislas, with its wrought iron grills and balconies lighting up during the night give the city a wonderful dimension. The Duke's palace, with the Lorrain Museum," or the great gardens in the old Nancy, are also a treat to discover.
In Pont-à-Mousson, visit the old church Saint-Laurent. The city is also known for its unique red fountain. Downtown is a very good place to have a drink or a meal.
Must see
Porte des Allemands (German's Gate) in Metz
If there were a list of the most beautiful cities in France, Metz would certainly be near the top! Its history and heritage are unique. Take a walk in this wonderful town, especially downtown, where you will enjoy viewing the city hall. Metz is a perfect place to visit and to relax.
A beautiful city full of history, Thionville has an impressive history and deserves to be visited. Discover the old abbey, the church of Beauregard, and the bridge-sluice. Thionville is also a dynamic city focused on culture. Why not checking out the theater?

As you go through Apach Lock, you enter Luxumbourg and may continue along the Moselle River until it intersects with the Saar in Germany. Here you can head south before crossing back into France, just after Saarbrücken. Tonavigate these waters, you must hold a boating licence, which you should have obtained prior to your holiday. 

Must see
Ludwigkirche Saarbrucken
Saarbrucken is the dynamic metropolis of the area with its numerous shop, restaurants, and its large patrimony. Don't miss the national theater, and the basilica Saint-Jean.
Discover the mediaeval part of Sarreguemines, the winding streets as well as houses built in an 'Art Nouveau' style. If you have time, there is also a casino there. Why not trying to earn your evening?
Sarralbe is a charming and quiet village with a beautiful fountain downtown. Plus, you can see the biggest mill in the Moselle!
This is an ideal place to stop if you are interested in watersports. The Etang de Mittersheim, which is close to this mooring, offers a full range of watersports and there are also several restaurants in close proximity.

Itinerary suggestions

To help you get an idea of how far you can travel in the time you have, here's a selection of routes to and from our bases in this region. You dont have to stop at all the places listed or follow the route exactly. So long as you return your boat to your end base by the date you've booked - you're free to enjoy your cruise however you like. For a comfortable pace, allowing you time to regularly stop and explore, we'd recommend an average of 2 - 4 hours cruising each day.

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Strasbourg

The Strasbourg Short Break

Boofzheim
Plobsheim
Obenheim
Strasbourg
Boofzheim

8 hr(s) of cruising

52km 18 locks 3 nights

The Strasbourg Short Break

Boofzheim RETURN via Strasbourg

Boofzheim return via Strasbourg

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Overview:

The grand Rhine River is felt near the city of Boofzheim, where you’ve just entered natural areas of marshland abundant in wildlife. You’ve noticed the contrasts of Alsace canal boat vacations in France. You see the travelling takes you to cities, lakes and small villages full of charm. You look forward to visiting the UNESCO World Heritage city of Strasbourg to sample its varied pleasures!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Boofzheim: A typical Alsatian village, Boofzheim is a beautiful place to see. In the thick of the town, between the Lutheran Roman Catholic Church and the old belltower, you will discover timbered-houses from the eighteenth century.
  • Plobsheim: Take a walk through Plobsheim and visit the impressive chapel "Notre-Dame du Chêne" from 1454. Plobsheim has a golf club, a village square and pretty gardens.
  • Obenheim: A typical Alsatian village, Obenheim will enchant you with its half-timbered houses and good restaurants. Here you can visit the flower cave of the Jungfrau or, if you have time, explore the hiking trails.
  • Strasbourg: There are so many things to see in this big town, with its streets bursting with flowers! This is the home of the European parliament and its impressive building can be seen from the canal. Strasbourg is also famous for its Gastronomy: foie gras, wines of Alsace, chocolates and eaux de vie. 

8 hr(s) of cruising

52km 18 locks 3 nights
Traditional French bakery

The Strasbourg Cruise

Boofzheim
Plobsheim
Obenheim
Strasbourg
Hochfelden
Saverne
Boofzheim

25 hr(s) of cruising

148km 50 locks 7 nights

The Strasbourg Cruise

Boofzheim RETURN via Saverne

Boofzheim return via Saverne

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Overview:

The urban culture of Strasbourg does not disappoint you as you marvel at the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame that soars over the Old Town. The building dates from 1190, but it underwent much change over the years. Museums, wine tasting, fine dining — it’s all part of boat vacations in Alsace! Relaxing on the canal on a sojourn to Rohan Palace in Saverne just adds to the pleasure!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Boofzheim: A typical Alsatian village, Boofzheim is a beautiful place to see. In the thick of the town, between the Lutheran Roman Catholic Church and the old belltower, you will discover timbered-houses from the eighteenth century.
  • Plobsheim: Take a walk through Plobsheim and visit the impressive chapel "Notre-Dame du Chêne" from 1454. Plobsheim has a golf club, a village square and pretty gardens.
  • Obenheim: A typical Alsatian village, Obenheim will enchant you with its half-timbered houses and good restaurants. Here you can visit the flower cave of the Jungfrau or, if you have time, explore the hiking trails.
  • Strasbourg: There are so many things to see in this big town, with its streets bursting with flowers! This is the home of the European parliament and its impressive building can be seen from the canal. Strasbourg is also famous for its Gastronomy: foie gras, wines of Alsace, chocolates and eaux de vie.
  • Hochfelden: The town is famous locally for its brewery. Brewing has been here since 870 A.D. and the local family owned brewer, Meteor, has a brasserie and museum. The brewery also offers guided tours.
  • Saverne: It's a small and friendly town, possessing the region's characteristic steep-pitched roofs and window boxes full of geraniums. It also has beautiful traditional old half-timbered houses in town. Saverne is known for its famous Rose Garden, displaying over 550 roses.

25 hr(s) of cruising

148km 50 locks 7 nights
Strasbourg town square

The Arzviller Experience Cruise

Hesse
Niderviller
Arzviller
Lutzelbourg
Saverne
Hochfelden
Strasbourg
Obenheim
Plobsheim
Boofzheim

24 hr(s) of cruising

104km 44 locks 7 nights

The Arzviller Experience Cruise

Hesse to Boofzheim ONEWAY via Strasbourg

Hesse to Boofzheim via Strasbourg

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Overview:

The incredible Arzviller boatlift is an engineering marvel, lifting or lowering boats 148 feet. The charm of boat vacations in Alsace is the juxtaposition of the new and the old, with both coexisting in harmony. Eclectic shops, gourmet restaurants, fascinating museums, impressive castles, as well as swimming, cycling and watersports are all part of the fun!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Hesse: A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.
  • Niderviller: In this typical floral city, you will find a beautiful church tower in a baroque style. Faience is also very developed in Niderviller; you will enjoy a visit to the porcelain factory.
  • Arzviller: Arzviller is a pretty little village mainly known for its huge and unique boat lift that you will use to lift or lower your boat 45 metres up or down the canal. There's also a small, but interesting visitor centre if you fancy learning more about the lift's history.
  • Lutzelbourg: Lutzelbourg is easily identified by its towering castle which overlooks alpine wooden houses, giving the city a fairytale appearance. You can take a guided tour of the city by train. Also worth a visit are the city's many shops, the crystal cutter at Maison Wurma, and the boat museum.
  • Saverne: It's a small and friendly town, possessing the region's characteristic steep-pitched roofs and window boxes full of geraniums. There are some beautiful traditional old half-timbered houses in town. Saverne is also known for its famous Rose Garden, displaying over 550 roses.
  • Hochfeldon: The town is famous locally for its brewery. Brewing has been here since 870 A.D. and the local family owned brewer, Meteor, has a brasserie and museum. The brewery offers guided tours.
  • Strasbourg: There are so many things to see in this big town, with its streets bursting with flowers! This is the home of the European parliament and its impressive building can be seen from the canal. Strasbourg is also famous for its Gastronomy: foie gras, wines of Alsace, chocolates and eaux de vie.
  • Obenheim: A typical Alsatian village, Obenheim will enchant you with its half-timbered houses and good restaurants. Here you can visit the flower cave of the Jungfrau or, if you have time, explore the hiking trails.
  • Plobsheim: Take a walk through Plobsheim and visit the impressive chapel "Notre-Dame du Chêne" from 1454. Plobsheim has a golf club, a village square and pretty gardens.
  • Boofzheim: A typical Alsatian village, Boofzheim is a beautiful place to see. In the thick of the town, between the Lutheran Roman Catholic Church and the old belltower, you will discover timbered-houses from the eighteenth century.

 

 

24 hr(s) of cruising

104km 44 locks 7 nights
Hesse

The Little Alsace Cruise

Hesse
Niderviller
Arzviller
Lutzelbourg
Saverne
Hesse

15 hr(s) of cruising

60km 28 locks 4 nights

The Little Alsace Cruise

Hesse RETURN via Saverne

Hesse return via Saverne

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Overview

You board your floating villa, and canal boating in Alsace France immediately enchants you! The Arzviller boatlift captivates as you transit the inclined plane, a true engineering marvel, and you snap so many pictures you fill a memory card on your digital camera! Water skiing, kayaking or playing a spot of golf awaits you on your adventure in this unique region!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Hesse: A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.
  • Niderviller: In this typical floral city, you will find a beautiful church tower in a baroque style. Faience is also very developed in Niderviller; you will enjoy a visit to the porcelain factory.
  • Arzviller: Arzviller is a pretty little village mainly known for its huge and unique boat lift that you will use to lift or lower your boat 45 metres up or down the canal. There's also a small, but interesting visitor centre if you fancy learning more about the lift's history.
  • Lutzelbourg: Lutzelbourg is easily identified by its towering castle which overlooks alpine wooden houses, giving the city a fairytale appearance. You can take a guided tour of the city by train. Also worth a visit are the city's many shops, the crystal cutter at Maison Wurmâ, and the boat museum.
  • Saverne: It's a small and friendly town, possessing the region's characteristic steep-pitched roofs and window boxes full of geraniums with are some beautiful traditional old half-timbered houses. Saverne is known for its famous Rose Garden, displaying over 550 roses.

15 hr(s) of cruising

60km 28 locks 4 nights
Delicious cakes in Alsace

The Little Lorraine Short Break

Hesse
Gondrexange
Lagarde
Hesse

11 hr(s) of cruising

60km 14 locks 3 nights

The Little Lorraine Short Break

Hesse RETURN via Lagarde

Hesse return via Lagarde

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Overview:

You enjoyed the lake resort of Gondrexange. The beach called and you listened, feeling relaxed whilst on your Alsace canal boat vacations in France. Now you’re headed into the Lorraine Regional Nature Park, where you plan to cycle in the shade and feel the soothing touch of Nature. You’ll also stop to poke around in Lagarde, a beautiful little village so typical of Alsace.

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Hesse: A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.
  • Gondrexange: Gondrexange is a charming city famous for its huge lake. It is an excellent place for fishing or swimming. There are also watersport facilities.
  • Lagarde: With its flower-lined harbour, Lagarde is part of the Lorraine Regional Natural Park. The church Saint Jean Baptiste" is also a beautiful sight to see.

11 hr(s) of cruising

60km 14 locks 3 nights
Al Fresco dining in Nancy

The Art Nouveau Cruise

Hesse
Gondrexange
Lagarde
Saint-Nicolas-de-Port
Nancy
Hesse

28 hr(s) of cruising

152km 50 locks 7 nights

The Art Nouveau Cruise

Hesse RETURN via Nancy

Hesse return via Nancy

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Overview

The Alsace-Lorraine-Saarland is mostly situated on the west bank of the upper Rhine River, and it contains some of Europe’s most beautiful canal cruising grounds. Known for superb fishing, watersports, châteaux, upscale shops and all the pleasures of chic urban destinations, boat vacations in Alsace treat you to exquisite scenery and a sophisticated setting.

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Hesse: A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.
  • Gondrexange: Gondrexange is a charming city famous for its huge lake. It is an excellent place for fishing or swimming and there are also watersport facilities.
  • Lagarde: With its flower-lined harbour, Lagarde is part of the Lorraine Regional Natural Park. The 'Saint Jean Baptiste' church is also a beautiful sight to see.
  • St-Nicolas-de-Port: "I float, but I do not sink" is the saying in Saint-Nicolas-De-Port, a welcoming city accustomed to fluvial activity for centuries. Enjoy visiting the great basilica and the museum of cinema and photography.
  • Nancy: Nancy is a great city with so many treasures to see. The Place Stanislas, with its wrought iron grills and balconies lighting up during the night give the city a wonderful dimension. The Duke's palace, with the Lorrain Museum, or the great gardens in the old Nancy, are also a treat to discover.

28 hr(s) of cruising

152km 50 locks 7 nights
Strasbourg

The Cosmopolitan Cruise

Hesse
Saverne
Strasbourg
Hesse

35 hr(s) of cruising

156km 68 locks 7 nights

The Cosmopolitan Cruise

Hesse RETURN via Strasbourg

Hesse return via Strasbourg

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Overview

City chic and amazing waterways enthrall you on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, one of the prettiest in Alsace. You pass through upscale laid-back hamlets on your way to lively Strasbourg, wetting your appetite for urban flavours. You’re in the thick of a canal vacation in France, and you realize that it just doesn’t get any better!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Hesse: A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.
  • Saverne: It's a small and friendly town, possessing the region's characteristic steep-pitched roofs and window boxes full of geraniums. There are some beautiful traditional old half-timbered houses in town. Saverne is also known for its famous Rose Garden, displaying over 550 roses.
  • Strasbourg: There are so many things to see in this big town, with its streets bursting with flowers! This is the home of the European parliament and its impressive building can be seen from the canal. Strasbourg is also famous for its Gastronomy: foie gras, wines of Alsace, chocolates and eaux de vie.

35 hr(s) of cruising

156km 68 locks 7 nights
Nancy's old town entrance, Alsace

The Triple Nations Cruise

Hesse
Gondrexange
Lagarde
Saint-Nicolas-de-Port
Nancy
Pont-à-Mousson
Metz
Thionville
Saarbrücken
Sarreguemines
Sarralbe
Mittersheim
Hesse

71 hr(s) of cruising

433km 75 locks 14 nights

The Triple Nations Cruise

Hesse RETURN via Saarbrücken & Metz (Licence required)

Hesse return via Saarbrucken & Metz

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Overview:

You’ve always gotten the most out of life, and now as you guide your own floating villa down the waterways of three countries you feel like a king! You can’t wait to tie up in the next city, or to have fun with watersports at resort lakes. Five-star dining, superlative museums and more await you on extended boat vacations in Alsace! Notes: Please note that the lock Ars-sur-Moselle (located in South Metz) will be closed for maintenance between June 26th & July 5th. This itinerary will then be restricted during that period.

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Hesse: A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.
  • Gondrexange: Gondrexange is a charming city famous for its huge lake. It is an excellent place for fishing or swimming and also has watersport facilities.
  • Lagarde: With its flower-lined harbour, Lagarde is part of the Lorraine Regional Natural Park. The 'Saint Jean Baptiste' church is also a beautiful sight to see.
  • St-Nicolas-de-Port: "I float, but I do not sink" is the saying in Saint-Nicolas-De-Port, a welcoming city accustomed to fluvial activity for centuries. Enjoy visiting the great basilica and the museum of cinema and photography.
  • Nancy: Nancy is a great city with so many treasures to see. The Place Stanislas, with its wrought iron grills and balconies lighting up during the night give the city a wonderful dimension. The Duke's palace, with the Lorrain Museum, or the great gardens in the old Nancy, are also a treat to discover.
  • Pont-à-Mousson: In Pont-à-Mousson, visit the old church Saint-Laurent. The city is also known for its unique red fountain. Downtown is a very good place to have a drink or a meal.
  • Metz: If there were a list of the most beautiful cities in France, Metz would certainly be near the top! Its history and heritage are unique. Take a walk in this wonderful town, especially downtown, where you will enjoy viewing the city hall. Metz is a perfect place to visit and to relax.
  • Thionville: A beautiful city full of history, Thionville has an impressive history and deserves to be visited. Discover the old abbey, the church of Beauregard, and the bridge-sluice. Thionville is also a dynamic city focused on culture. Why not checking out the theater?
  • Saarbrucken: Saarbrucken is the dynamic metropolis of the area with its numerous shop, restaurants, and its large patrimony. Don't miss the national theater, and the basilica Saint-Jean.
  • Sarreguemines: Discover the medieval part of Sarreguemines, the winding streets as well as houses built in an 'Art Nouveau' style. If you have time, there is also a casino there. Why not trying to earn your evening?
  • Sarralbe: Sarralbe is a charming and quiet village with a beautiful fountain downtown. Plus, you can see the biggest mill in the Moselle!
  • Mittersheim: This is an ideal place to stop if you are interested in watersports. The Etang de Mittersheim, which is close to this mooring, offers a full range of watersports and there are also several restaurants in close proximity.

71 hr(s) of cruising

433km 75 locks 14 nights
Young girl swimming

The Alsacian Etangs Short Break

Hesse
Gondrexange
Mittersheim
Hesse

14 hr(s) of cruising

60km 26 locks 3 nights

The Alsacian Etangs Short Break

Hesse RETURN via Mittersheim

Hesse return via Mittersheim

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Overview:

Alsace canal boat holidays in France inspire you with amazing landscapes. As you travel from lovely Hesse to the etangs of Gondrexange, you find yourself amidst natural beauty in a land of forests and lakes. Perfect for a relaxing break !

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Hesse: A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.
  • Gondrexange: Gondrexange is a charming city famous for its huge lake. It is an excellent place for fishing or swimming. There are also watersport facilities.
  • Mittersheim: This is an ideal place to stop if you are interested in watersports. The Etang de Mittersheim, which is close to this mooring, offers a full range of watersports and there are also several restaurants in close proximity.

14 hr(s) of cruising

60km 26 locks 3 nights
Hesse

The Dual Nations Long Break

Hesse
Niderviller
Arzviller
Lutzelbourg
Saverne
Gondrexange
Mittersheim
Sarralbe
Sarreguemines
Saarbrücken
Hesse

54 hr(s) of cruising

266km 88 locks 10 nights

The Dual Nations Long Break

Hesse RETURN via Saverne & Saarbrücken

Hesse RETURN via Saverne & Saarbrücken

 

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Overview

Flexibility and leisure time go right together, ensuring that your boat holidays in Alsace are unforgettable. The city of Saarbrücken is just over the border in Germany, offering chic boutiques, gourmet dining and marvelous sunsets to all who venture near. The joy of canal cruising is the ability to set the pace and choose where to linger for a day of pure relaxation.

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Hesse: A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.
  • Niderviller: In this typical floral city, you will find a beautiful church tower in a baroque style. Faience is also very developed in Niderviller; you will enjoy a visit to the porcelain factory.
  • Arzviller: Arzviller is a pretty little village mainly known for its huge and unique boat lift that you will use to lift or lower your boat 45 metres up or down the canal. There's also a small, but interesting visitor centre if you fancy learning more about the lift's history.
  • Lutzelbourg: Lutzelbourg is easily identified by its towering castle which overlooks alpine wooden houses, giving the city a fairytale appearance. You can take a guided tour of the city by train. Also worth a visit are the city's many shops, the crystal cutter at Maison Wurmâ, and the boat museum.
  • Saverne: It's a small and friendly town, possessing the region's characteristic steep-pitched roofs and window boxes full of geraniums with beautiful traditional old half-timbered houses. Saverne is known for its famous Rose Garden, displaying over 550 roses.
  • Gondrexange: Gondrexange is a charming city famous for its huge lake. It is an excellent place for fishing or swimming and also has watersport facilities.
  • Mittersheim: This is an ideal place to stop if you are interested in watersports. The Etang de Mittersheim, which is close to this mooring, offers a full range of watersports and there are also several restaurants in close proximity.
  • Sarralbe: Sarralbe is a charming and quiet village with a beautiful fountain downtown. Plus, you can see the biggest mill in the Moselle!
  • Saareguemines: Discover the medieval part of Sarreguemines, the winding streets as well as houses built in an 'Art Nouveau' style. If you have time, there is also a casino there. Why not trying to earn your evening?
  • Saarbrücken: Saarbrucken is the dynamic metropolis of the area with its numerous shop, restaurants, and its large patrimony. Don't miss the national theater, and the basilica Saint-Jean.
  • Hesse: A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.

54 hr(s) of cruising

266km 88 locks 10 nights
Town square at twilight, Saarbrücken

The Saarland Cruise

Hesse
Gondrexange
Mittersheim
Sarralbe
Sarreguemines
Saarbrücken
Hesse

38 hr(s) of cruising

206km 62 locks 7 nights

The Saarland Cruise

Hesse RETURN via Saarbrücken

Hesse return via Saarbrucken

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Overview:

You chose this cruise for your boat vacations in Alsace for its focus on Saarbrücken. You leave and return to this wonderful city, timing your plans to attend one of the many music and art festivals held during the summer. Travelling down the canal to linger in medieval Hesse is on the itinerary, as is a visit to lake resorts and picturesque Saaralbe.

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Gondrexange: Gondrexange is a charming city famous for its huge lake. It is an excellent place for fishing or swimming and also has watersport facilities.
  • Mittersheim: This is an ideal place to stop if you are interested in watersports. The Etang de Mittersheim, which is close to this mooring, offers a full range of watersports and there are also several restaurants in close proximity.
  • Sarralbe: Sarralbe is a charming and quiet village with a beautiful fountain downtown. Plus, you can see the biggest mill in the Moselle!
  • Sarreguemines: Discover the medieval part of Sarreguemines, the winding streets as well as houses built in an 'Art Nouveau' style. If you have time, there is also a casino there. Why not trying to earn your evening?
  • Saarbrücken: Saarbrucken is the dynamic metropolis of the area with its numerous shop, restaurants, and its large patrimony. Don't miss the national theater, and the basilica Saint-Jean.
  • Hesse: A pleasant and serene village, Hesse has preserved its charm and character over many years. Apart from a well-organized port, the village also has the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey from the 11th century, which is now the village church.

38 hr(s) of cruising

206km 62 locks 7 nights

Our Feefo reviews

Feefo is an independent and impartial review service that requests reviews directly from those who have been on a Le Boat vacation. Below you can read what our past customers think about their Le Boat experience, and trust that what you read is unfiltered, unedited and uncensored.

Added on 04 September 2019

Tom Beyersdoerfer said

We were meet early by Maureen at about 15:45, who was very helpful with canal instructions. She ordered a taxi to take us to the market. The boat was ready and stocked with the ordered previsions we had asked for. We were given an instructional boat operation tour by a very nice gentleman. Don't remember his name. Loved the boat, the scenery, the tunnels, the lift, the locks, and all of the food and the stops in the cities along the way.
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Hesse - Boofzheim
Royal Classique
Added on 02 September 2019

Lynda Hurley said

Service on arriving was great, no problems when underway and drop off at the end was easy and quick. amazing scenery and experience, highly recommend, gather some friends and have a wonderful time.
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Hesse - Boofzheim
Salsa B
Added on 17 August 2019

Michal Smid said

Everything was without any problems, well organized The basis is well placed, good organized
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Hi Michal,Thank you for the positive feedback. It's great to hear that you had a wonderful holiday that went smoothly. We hope that we can welcome you on board again soon. All the best, The Le Boat Team.
Hesse - Hesse
Vision 3
Added on 10 August 2019

Louisa Warman said

Clean boat and helpful staff. 4 stars as bike had a puncture Beautiful scenery with lots of locks and great luft
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Hello and thank you for the positive feedback. It's great to hear that you had a lovely cruise, enjoyed your boat, and that you were well looked after by our teams. I'm sorry to hear your bike had a puncture - I hope that you were happy in the way that our teams dealt with this. We hope to welcome you on board again soon. All the best, The Le Boat team.
Hesse - Hesse
Magnifique
Added on 29 June 2019

Linda Brabbs said

excellent helpful staff. Very comfortable Vision boat. Beautiful scenery, the boat lift was a brilliant new experience. The automatic locks made all the difference to our 'older' crew !!
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Hi Linda,Thank you the positive feedback. It's great to hear that you had such a lovely time cruising on board the Vision and that you were well looked after by our staff. We hope that we can welcome you on board again soon.All the best,The Le Boat Team
Boofzheim - Hesse
Vision 3
Added on 22 June 2019

Lyndon Taylor said

Very freindly and helpful. However rather too many boats starting out on the same day/at same time and that caused a couple of hours waiting around that was avoidable. Good route with plenty to do
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Hi Lyndon, Thanks for the positive and constructive feedback. I'm really glad to hear that you were looked after by our teams however I'm sorry that you felt that your check in took too long. We hope that we can welcome you on board again soon.All the best,The Le Boat Team
Hesse - Hesse
Elegance
Added on 17 June 2019

Dean Genner said

The boat was excellent. It was very spacious with six on board with large luggage, the trip being part of a longer trip We really enjoyed Strasbourg. The canal was very uncrowded and no problems with locks
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Hi Dean, thanks for your feedback. We're so glad that you had a fantastic holiday with us and we look forward to welcoming you back on board in future!
Hesse - Boofzheim
Horizon 4
Added on 15 April 2019

Susan Brown said

This is about our 6th holiday with Le Boat. We have always found them to be very organised and professional. Now looking to book our next holiday with Le Boat. Picturesque area of France that we'd not seen before. We loved Saverne
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Dear Susan, Thank you for your loyalty to Le Boat; we greatly appreciateyour business. We're glad to hear that our excellent customer service and beautiful destinations are bringing you back year on year. We look forward to welcoming you on board again soon! All the best, The Le Boat Team
Hesse - Hesse
Tango
Added on 15 April 2019

Iftach Nahari said

great team explain with details clean, access with vehicle great team
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Hello Iftach, We are glad to hear that as always, our team having been taking excellent care of our customers. We hope to see you again soon! All the best, The Le Boat Team
Hesse - Hesse
Horizon 4
Added on 05 May 2018

Christina Myers said

Not always sure about the overall boat maintenance, but when something goes wrong they respond quickly and pleasantly to get you going again French waterways very efficient on the Marne et Rhine - we were able to see a lot
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Hesse - Hesse
Cirrus B