Verdun is about 100 km from Nancy, in the cotes de Meuse area.
In 1984, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the first World War, an historic meeting took place in the site of the fighting. The President of France and the Chancellor of Germany shook hands to mark the reconciliation of their two nations.
The desire for peace was reaffirmed one more, in 1987, when the UN christened the city of Verdun "World Capital of Peace, Freedom and Human Rights".
The city of Verdun
Guided tour for understanding the role of Verdun in the history of France and Europe, the Treaty of 843 to the biggest battle...
Discover the rich historical and cultural heritage of Verdun (Chaussée Tower, Saint-Paul's Door...), and the main monuments of the memory (Monument to the Children of Verdun, Victory Monument...).
Bordered by gardens and dotted with lakes, Metz is an invitation to discover its picturesque trail.
Its historical quarters live side-by-side with its European elements, adding a touch of urban chic in the form of architectural wonders and highly fashionable Centre Pompidou-Metz.
The Centre Pompidou-Metz shares the vocation of the original Centre Pompidou: to present and help discover all forms of artistic expression, to raise public awareness of the major works of the 20th and 21st century, and to take part in Europe's cultural landscape. In short: represent a major centre for exhibitions and artistic initiative, and a reflection of contemporary creation.
Lunéville castel and its bosquets
The Lunéville castle was totally rebuilt in the XVIIIth century by The duke Léopold unsatisfied of his palace in Nancy. The Luneville castle has the same plan as Versailles castle. The castle is nicknamed the "versailles of Lorraine". Stanislas, last duke of Lorraine, died in this castle in 1766. The same year, the duchy of Lorraine was annexed by the France. In 2003 a part of the castle burnt. It's not yet rebuilt.
Toward 1090, Charles Aubert from Lorraine, bring back from Bari a relic of Saint-Nicolas which justifies in 1101 the construction of a first church.
After 1477, the pilgrims always get more numerous and the building of a "big church" is decided. In 1481, began construction of the Basilica, which will be consacreted in 1560.
The Basilica suffered major damage during the 17th century while the city loses its commercial importance. It is restored little by little but the French Revolution and the bombing of 1940 damaged to the building. Pope Pie XII consecrated the Basilica in 1950.
On her death in March 1980, Camille Croué Friedman, came from Saint-Nicolas-de-Port, then emigrated to the United States, bequeathed to the Bishopric a fabulous amount which allows to launch a fantastic yard for the restoration of the Basilica.
The building is exceptional by the unity of its architecture. It is characterized by a great sober style and especially a deviation from the nave, due to a misjudgment of the composition of the soil. The plan of a basilica type, latin cross-shaped, as well as the west facade, gives it a great harmony. It is certainly the most majestic and homogeneous gothic building in Europe.
The castle and its gardens
The Château de Haroué is the work of the architect Germain Boffrand (1667-1754) for the Prince Marc de beauvau-de Craon.
The Château de Haroué was erected between 1720-1732 on the underpinnings of the former castle Bassompierre.
In its construction the architect Boffrand had to integrate the moat and the four towers of the castle precedent, it is unique because there is today a Haroue: 4 laps, 4 bridges, 12 turrets, 52 fireplaces and 365 windows.
The French park behind the Castle was created by Prince Marc de beauvau-de Craon, seventh and last Prince died in 1982, with the collaboration of the Landscaper Emilio Terry.
You can take a walk through a beautiful English garden leading to the orchard that takes you into the grove.
The hill of Sion (or hill of Sion-Vaudemont) is located in the country of the Haut Saintois region, in the south of Meurthe-et-Moselle. By virtue of its history, its pilgrimage and its topography, it is a major place of tourism in Meurthe-et-Moselle.
This hill is at the origin of the novel "The Hill inspired" (1913) by Maurice Barrès, which made a mystical place.
You can walk along different ways and visit the different spaces of the hill : The Basilica, the monastery and its cloister, the Museum, the monument of the peace...
Jean-Charles Pellerin, card maker and woodcutter in Epinal at the end of the XVIII century, made card games and prints. His presence in the area is due to a privilege accorded to Epinal and to Nancy who were the only towns in Lorraine in the XVI century who were permitted to accommodate master card-makers. Until the years 1800-1810 he printed cards and religious images. Little by little, more and more genre work was produced in addition to the fine prints, and religious images seemed to make way for products illustrating popular events.
Gérarmer « La perle des Vosges »
The tourist history of Gérardmer starts in the middle of XIXth century with the appearance of the first tourist guide in 1852, then in 1875 the « Committee of the Walks» is created, the forerunner of all tourist offices of France.
It is in this period when we see the first holiday residences built on the Lake shores, the properties of the high society of Lorraine, Paris, Belgium or Luxemburg. Hotel and catering industry, tourist facilities begin to develop.
With tourists' flows the train arrives at Gérardmer in 1878, then the streetcar at the end of the XIXth century. adapting to the demand, Gérardmer becomes a winter sports resort (in the beginning of XXth century), new leisure activities appear by the lake and visitors enjoy them.
Wildlife Park of Sainte-Croix
Located 60 km from Nancy, in a lush park of 120 hectares, the wildlife park of Sainte-Croix is a place to discover European wildlife and of the world's biodiversity.
Go to meet more than 1500 animals from 100 species living in semi-freedom. You will be able to observe bears, deers, lynx, bisons, wolves from Europe, Arctic wolves...
Shows and guided tours in small train are proposed and several places of catering are at your disposal in the park.
Become the national reference in pedagogy and european wildlife terms, the wildlife park of Sainte-Croix is a real teaching of life for the whole Family !