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Boating holiday in Harskirchen

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).

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Base of harskirchen
View of Harskirchen, the harbor and the camping site designated Natura 2000
Protestant Church in Alsace - River tourism
Harskirchen city centre
Navigation on the canal with houseboats Nicols
Navigation on the canal
Bike ride along a canal in Alsace
Towpath in Harskirchen
Town of Sarreguemines - Alsace
Sarreguemines
Pottery works museum in Sarreguemines
Pottery works museum in Sarreguemines
Tourism in Saarbrücken in Germany
Saarbrücken in Germany
Boating Holiday and navigation on the Canal
Navigation on the canal
Canoe-kayak in Alsace
Nautic activities on the pool in Mittersheim
The animal park of the Domaine Ste Croix
The animal park of the Domaine Ste Croix
Fishing on the canal and river in Alsace
Stock pool, Langatte/Rhodes
Famous Chagall stained glass in Sarrebourg
Famous Chagall stained glass in Sarrebourg
Inclined plan of Arzviller
Inclined plan of Arzviller
Inclined plan of Arzviller
Inclined plan of Arzviller
Hiring canal boats in Harskirchen in the region Alsace
The Milieu Harbor in Lützelbourg
Lützelbourg valley
Lützelbourg valley
Navigation on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin
Navigation on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin
Castle of Rohan in Saverne
Rohan castle in Saverne
Stanislas Square in Nancy by night
Stanislas Square in Nancy by night
Cruise prices from628 €

Best bits :

  • Reservoirs: beaches for swimming, fishing and many nautical activities...
  • Gastronomy: the delights of Alsace cuisine
  • Local crafts: Sarreguemines pottery
  • Unusual and interesting landmarks:
    • Arzviller boat lift,
    • Niderviller tunnels,
    • Réchicourt lock (16m high)...
Cruise prices from628 €

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...

Canal des Houilleres de la Sarre: the ideal boating holiday for nature lovers

Southbound to Harskirchen, you visit Mittersheim and the many ponds created in the middle ages by the monks for fish farming and which are now used to supply water to the Canal des Houillères de la Sarre: here you will find beaches offering swimming areas and watersports, you can also fish or cycle on the towpath... a delight for the active!

Cruise prices from628 €

Our suggestions of cruise on the canal de la Marne au Rhin and on the canal des Houillères de la Sarre

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1: Earthenware short break

Course: Harskirchen – Sarreguemines – Harskirchen (64km - 20 locks - 13H30)

  • Harskirchen : Leisure centre, Tennis courts , Water mill of Willer (18th century) always in activity
  • Sarralbe : Huge church of Saint Martin, Ecomuseum of Pays d’Albe in the house of the heads, The Albe’s door
  • Sarreguemines : Blies mill, Museum of earthenware, Garden of winter, Feast of the river (mid august)

Itinerary 1: Explore a historic fortified city

Course: Kerkdriel - Gorinchem - Kerkdriel (100 km - 2 locks - 12 hours)

  • Kerkdriel: beach close to the base, town centre with many restaurants.
  • Heusden: fortified city, a must stop when on the Meuse River.
  • Gorinchem: an ancient walled city on an island whose fortifications are still relatively intact.
  • Return to Kerkdriel!

Itinerary 2: Splash short break

Course: Harskirchen – Pont d’Albeschaux – Harskirche (46km - 32 locks - 14H00)

  • Harskirchen : Leisure centre, Tennis courts , Water mill of Willer (18th century) always in activity
  • Mittersheim :  Pond, Nautical activities, Beach, Bathing
  • Pont d’Albeschaux : Animal park “domaine de Sainte Croix” (at 6km)

Mini week

Itinerary 1: Getaway to Alsace and Lorraine

Course: One Way Harskirchen - Saverne (73km - 30 locks - 18H00)

  • Harskirchen : Leisure centre, Tennis courts , Water mill of Willer (18th century) always in activity
  • Mittersheim :  Pond, Nautical activities, Beach, Bathing
  • Niderviller : Tunnels (475m & 2306m), Earthenware, Sarrebourg (6km) : Monumental stained glass of Chagall
  • Arzviller : Ship elevator, Engine room, Houseboat museum, Crystal factory "Fusion Libre", Leisure : alpine sledge
  • Lutzelbourg : Wurm crystal factory, Castel, Panoramic view of the valley, Playground for children
  • Saverne : Rohans ’s castel (museum), Haut Barr’ s castel, Saverne‘ s old town, Océanide nautical center

Itinerary 2: Leisure getaway

Course: Harskirchen – Réchicourt – Harskirchen (86km - 40 locks - 22H00)

  • Harskirchen : Leisure centre, Tennis courts , Water mill of Willer (18th century) always in activity
  • Mittersheim :  Pond, Nautical activities, Beach, Bathing
  • Réchicourt :  Remarkable lock 16m high

Itinerary 3: Cross-border getaway

Course: Harskirchen - Saarbrücken - Harskirchen (108km - 32 locks - 21h00)

  • Harskirchen : Leisure centre, Tennis courts , Water mill of Willer (18th century) always in activity
  • Sarralbe : Huge church of Saint Martin, Ecomuseum of Pays d’Albe in the house of the heads, The Albe’s door
  • Herbitzheim : Pond and swimming ( Keskastel to 7 km)
  • Wittring : Port
  • Dieding
  • Zetting : Church of XV e century
  • Remelfing
  • Sarreguemines : Lished the mill, Museum of earthenware, Winter Garden, Party of the river (mid-August)
  • Hanweiler : « Saarland Thermes »
  • Welferding : Center built on Gallo-Roman ruins dating from the 13th century. Golf
  • Grosbliederstroff : Museum of History and popular Traditions, Chapelle Ste Croix, Circuit hike on the heights of the Grosblie and Saar Valley
  • Gudingen :Leisure center (bowling, tennis ...), Evangelical Church, Racecourse
  • Saarbrücken : St Louis Churc place, Castle and St Jean district, Basilica of St. John, 3 museums, garden Franco-German; Swimming pool and spa

One week

Itinerary 1: Inclined plane cruise

Course: Harskirchen – Lützelbourg – Harskirchen (124km - 44 locks - 30H00)

  • Harskirchen : Leisure centre, Tennis courts , Water mill of Willer (18th century) always in activity
  • Mittersheim :  Pond, Nautical activities, Beach, Bathing
  • Niderviller : Tunnels (475m & 2306m), Earthenware, Sarrebourg (6km) : Monumental stained glass of Chagall
  • Arzviller : Ship elevator, Engine room, Houseboat museum, Crystal factory "Fusion Libre", Leisure : alpine sledge
  • Lutzelbourg : Wurm crystal factory, Castel, Panoramic view of the valley, Playground for children

Two weeks

Itinerary 1: The ultimate Lorraine tour

Course: Harskirchen – Nancy – Harskirchen (273km - 117 locks - 68H30)

  • Harskirchen : Leisure centre, Tennis courts , Water mill of Willer (18th century) always in activity
  • Mittersheim :  Pond, Nautical activities, Beach, Bathing
  • Réchicourt :  Remarkable lock 16m high
  • Einville au Jard : Luneville castle (7.5km)
  • St Nicolas de Port : Basilica of Saint Nicholas, An enclosure with storks, Museum of film and photography, French museum of brasserie (brewing)
  • Nancy : Place stanislas, Palace of the “Dukes”, Museum of Lorraine, Park of “the tree nursery” (mini golf), Museum of modern and contemporary arts
  • Liverdun : Medieval door, Ancient fortifications, Church 12th century, The fountain square and arcades
  • Toul : St. Etienne's cathedral, Old town and fortifications Vauban, Museum of art and history
  • Richardménil :  Fleville castle

Itinerary 2: Leisure cruise

Course: Harskirchen – Strasbourg – Harskirchen (238km - 92 locks - 58H00)

  • Harskirchen : Leisure centre, Tennis courts , Water mill of Willer (18th century) always in activity
  • Mittersheim :  Pond, Nautical activities, Beach, Bathing
  • Niderviller : Tunnels (475m & 2306m), Earthenware, Sarrebourg (6km) : Monumental stained glass of Chagall
  • Arzviller : Ship elevator, Engine room, Houseboat museum, Crystal factory "Fusion Libre", Leisure : alpine sledge
  • Lutzelbourg : Wurm crystal factory, Castel, Panoramic view of the valley, Playground for children
  • Saverne : Rohans’s castel (museum), Haut Barr’ s castel, Saverne‘ s old town, Océanide nautical center
  • Hochfelden : Brasserie Météor, Visits group only in july/august, Aquatic center Atoo
  • Brumath : Archaeological museum
  • Vendenheim : Visit of one of the largest commercial areas in France
  • Strasbourg - Quai des Belges : “Little France”, Beautiful banks of the river ill, Cathedral, Council of Europe and european parliament (only for groups), Brasseries Heineken / Kronenbourg, Museum : the palace of Rohans (art and décor, “beaux-arts”), The Alsatian museum

*Cruise suggestions: non-contractual information
Cruise prices from628 €

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