Rentals France - Alsace Lorraine: Marne au Rhine and Sarre Canals
Enjoy renting your canal boat rental in the Alsace Moselle Vosges region - discovering the canals of
Marne au Rhine, and de la Sarre from the bases at Waltenheim-sur-Zorn (30 minutes Strasbourg) and Languimberg (60 mins Strasbourg).
Access by car (mostly autoroute from Strasbourg Airport), or railway (30 mins by train from Strasbourg).
BOAT RENTAL ACTIVITIES IN THE ALSACE REGION
Enjoy taking your canal or cruise boat rental on the Marne to Rhine Canal from WALTENHEIM-SUR-ZORN (SNCF railway station at Mommenheim is 4 minutes), 30 kms from Strasbourg, 121 kms from Nancy, 60 mins from Karlsruhe Baden Airport (Ryanair: flights to London Stansted, Stockholm, Dublin, Barcelona, Rome, Cagliari; Airberlin: flights to Berlin, Majorca, Lisbon, Moscow, Helsinki, all over Spain). Discover on the Canal des Houilleres de la Sarre.
Or you can start from LANGUIMBERG, near Gondrexange, that is conveniently located close to Sarrebourg and Sainte-Croix Animal Park. A stop is needed in the village restaurant, Chez Michele awarded a star by the Michelin guide that mixes innovation with seasonal dishes.
Explore this incredibly historical, natural, and gastronomically rich area, with many canal side villages with their restaurants, markets, and unique histories.
You can visit a village well known to beer lovers - the village of Hochfelden was brewing beer in 870 AD - and you can participate in the tradition by visiting the brewery of Meteor Beer
Take the lovely Canal des Houilleres de la Sarre passing through the lovely Parc Regional de Lorraine, with beautiful lakes, fishing, wild life, to the villages of Sarralbe that was fortified in the 12th century, to Sarreguemines, busy trading center with its world famous faience and museum.
Follow the Canal de la Marne au Rhin via the pretty villages of Gondrexange (fishing), Einville au Jard (home to the dukes of Lorraine and see Les Salines where they mine rock salt), to Nancy. Nancy has a magnificent main square (UNESCO lauded) - Place Stanislas (named after a King of Poland who made Nancy his home), wonderful art nouveau in architecture and glass - go to the Musee de l'ecole de Nancy) and Villa Majorelle.
Go all the way to Strasbourg almost to the Rhine. Pass through Niderviller, and see its famous pottery looking at ceramics on show. Then taking tunnels under the Vosges mountains, experience the *Saint Louis Arzviller boat lift "Le plan incliné", sliding down or up the side of hill (nearly 150 feet), which replaced 17 locks in 1969**.
Afterwards visit Lutzelbourg, with a picturesque ruined chateau on the hill above. Then onto Saverne with its red sandstone chateau - the Alsace Versailles - Chateau de Rohan - which even stunned Goethe! Getting thirsty?
The canal continues through beautiful country and canal villages to Strasbourg with its modern European Parliament buildings, its "Petite France" riverside district, and the grand Notre Dame Cathedral with an enchanting spire.
**NOTE - the St Louis Arzviller inclined boat lift in Alsace-Lorraine is open
ALSACE BOAT RENTAL LISTINGS
in two boat bases at Waltenheim-sur-Zorn, and Languimberg
Weekly Prices, and Seasons, are approximate. See individual listings for exact details.
Costs are based on € (Euro) value : for $ and £ costs use currency converter at bottom of page
Discounts/promotions possible - see individual boat listings for details.
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