Alsace Lorraine Region of France has been renamed Grand Est and it became official in 2016 when the region merged with its neighbors. The Grand Est region was originally a small region bordering Germany and known for their Riesling wines and quaint villages with colorful half timbered houses with colorful geraniums lining the window boxes. The region now extends westward and encompasses the Champagne and Lorraine districts. With it's political growth, the region has expanded into the famous French wine area for Champagne. A white bubbling wine that is known world wide. The regions capital is the world famous town of Strasbourg and it's Unesco historic center named "Grande Ile".

Destinations for Grand Est vacations

Ideas for Grand Est vacations

GEOGRAPHY OF GRAND EST DESTINATIONS

The Alsace Region of France has been combined into the new Grand Est department along with Champagne-Ardenne, and Lorraine. But the original region of Alsace is still widely used international. Alsace is a French Region that stretches along the north eastern border of France touching the countries of Switzerland and Germany. During the 30 Years War (1618–48), the Alsatians felt threatened and appealed to the French for help and thus began the French influence in Alsace.

The world famous Alsace wine region stretches through the center of Alsace bordered in the west by the Vosges Mountain Range and on the east by Grand Ried, a area prone to flooding by the Rhine River.


HISTORY AND CULTURE OF GRAND EST DESTINATIONS

The Romans conquered the region in the 1st century, then the Alemanni, a Germanic tribe followed. The Franks, a Germanic tribe arrived in 496. In the mid-9th century, Alsace was united under the Carolingians and became a part of the Holy Roman Empire until the 17th century. Then during 1789, was incorporated into France and was divided into two departments Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin. With the incorporation into France, the area slowly began to adopt the French Language and the Germanic Language gradually disappeared. In the Franco German War of 1870-1871, Alsace was annexed by the German Empire. When Germany was defeated during World War 2, Alsace became a part of France again under the Treaty of Versailles. Then again in 1940 Germany extended its influence over Alsace for the duration of Word War II, but was eventually returned to France.

LANDMARKS OF GRAND EST DESTINATIONS

* Mulhouse: Location of Cité du Train or the French National Railway Museum.

* La Route des Vins - Go wine tasting in the Alsace villages and explore the surrounding villages of Colmar, the wine capital of the Alsace Region.

* Vosges mountains - Summer great for mountain biking and winter good for skiing.

* Take some time and explore the regions "Castle Route" where over four hundred castles lie scattered over the landscape. Many are ruins of their former glory and a few have been renovated as historical treasures.

* Experience the legendary Cathédrale Notre-Dame and its Gothic Architecture, located in the capital city of Strasbourg was built between 1015 and 1439.