|Hire a canal barge in Alsace: enjoy fine wining and dining… A canal boating holiday in Alsace offers complete flexibility with a number of cruising options: you can either travel towards Strasbourg and its famous "Petite France" (a historical district) or alternatively head West, navigating towards Lützelbourg and its famous Arzviller boat lift – a unique structure in Europe – before heading into the unusual tunnels at Niderviller.
Those on a slightly longer trip can also enjoy a stop-off at the reservoirs surrounding the Canal des Houillères de la Sarre for swimming, fishing and an abundance of watersports. Alsace and Lorraine provide a wealth of natural beauty to explore bursting with blossoming villages. After working up an appetite, make the most of your boating holiday by savouring the delights of Alsace cuisine!
From the Nicols base at Harskirchen begin your boating holiday in “Alsace Bossue”: this area is located in the earth of the Regional Natural Park of the Northern Vosges, classified as a “European Destinations of ExcelleNce” (EDEN). Heading north from Harskirchen, you will reach Sarreguemines, famous for its pottery (Faience Museum, Garden of Faïence), before crossing the German border to begin a “European” boating holiday through France, Germany and Luxembourg. Alternatively if you head south you will cruise on the canal des Houillères de la Sarre, travelling through lakes, enjoying beaches, swimming areas, watersports, cycling... a delight for the active! Cruise then on the Marne to Rhine Canal through the Niderviller tunnels, cross the famous inclined boat lift at Arzviller: unique in Europe, it replaces 17 locks and saves a whole day's travelling for boats and barges! You will then reach Saverne for a one way cruise of about 20 hours of navigation..
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