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Boating holiday in Saverne

From the Nicols base at Saverne begin your boating holiday on the canals – from the Marne to the Rhine – exploring the beautiful Alsace region, a land of history and gastronomy.
Heading East from Saverne, you will reach Strasbourg, a great "European" city for exploring...

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Nautic base of Saverne
Nautic base of Saverne
Hiring canal boats in Saverne in the region Alsace
High Street and KATZ tavern in Saverne
Castle of Rohan in Saverne
Rohan Castle in Saverne
Lützelbourg Village
Lützelbourg Village
Lützelbourg Valley
Lützelbourg Valley
Boat elevator of Arzviller
Boat elevator of Arzviller
Boat elevator of Arzviller - river cruise in Alsace
Boat elevator of Arzviller
Inclined plane of Arzviller - Tourism in Alsace
Boat elevator of Arzviller
Castle of Haut Barr in the Bas Rhin
Haut Barr Castle in Saverne
See the great place Stanilas in Nancy
Stanislas Square in Nancy
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The neighborhood "La Petite France" in Strasbourg
waterways holidays in Alsace - France
Navigation on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin
Cruise prices from463 €

Best bits:

  • Gastronomy: the delights of Alsace cuisine
  • Unusual and interesting landmarks: Arzviller boat lift, Niderviller tunnels, Réchicourt lock (16m high) …
  • Local crafts: porcelain, glass blowers, crystal sculptors
  • Reservoirs: beaches for swimming, fishing and many nautical activities...

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Cruise prices from463 €

From the Nicols base at Saverne begin your boating holiday on the canals – from the Marne to the Rhine – exploring the beautiful Alsace region, a land of history and gastronomy.

Heading East from Saverne, you will reach Strasbourg, a great "European" city for exploring. 

Alternatively if you head West you will cruise to 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! After this you’ll go through the Niderviller tunnels leading to the green pastures of Lorraine, travelling through lakes and forests. At Gondrexange, the Canal des Houillères de la Sarre leads you through the Lorraine Regional Park to Sarreguemines, famous for its ceramics and pottery factories along the German border.

The European loop: a 3 week trip through France, Germany and Luxembourg!

Starting out from Saverne you will take the Marne to Rhine Canal as far as Nancy then the Moselle via Metz perched above the valley, before coming back to Thionville. This takes you through the heart of the Lorraine region and its regional park that stretches either side of the waterway, a real mosaic of lakes and forests. You will cross the border and continue your "European" boating holiday, still on the Moselle, then the Saar, via Luxembourg and Germany. Finally you get back into France at Sarreguemines and return to Saverne via the Canal des Houillères de la Sarre.

New from 2014: Nicols opens a new base in Harskirchen!

Located on the Canal des Houillères de la Sarre, the small village of Harskirchen will charm you with its typical Alsatian character. Leaving from Saverne, you will reach Harskirchen for a one way cruise (about 20 hours of navigation)... this cruise is the ideal boating holiday for nature lovers!

Cruise prices from463 €

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: Artisanal short break

Course: Saverne – Niderviller - Saverne (44km - 24 locks - 12h00)

  • Saverne : Castle of “rohans” (Museum), Castle of “haut barr”, Old town of Saverne, Nautical centre Océanide
  • Lutzelbourg : Crystal glass-making wurm, Castle
  • Arzviller : Inclined plane, Machinery room, Barge museum, Crystal glass-making “Free fusion”
  • Niderviller : Tunnels (475m & 2306m), Pottery, Sarrebourg (6 km): monumental Chagall stained glass

Mini week

Itinerary 1: Getaway to Alsace and Lorraine

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

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

Itinerary 2: Hidden secrets getaway

Course: Saverne – Réchicourt - Saverne (92km - 28 locks - 20h00)

  • Saverne : Castle of “rohans” (Museum), Castle of “haut barr”, Old town of Saverne, Nautical centre Océanide
  • Lutzelbourg : Crystal glass-making wurm, Castle
  • Arzviller : Inclined plane, Machinery room, Barge museum, Crystal glass-making “Free fusion”
  • Niderviller : Tunnels (475m & 2306m), Pottery, Sarrebourg (6 km): monumental Chagall stained glass
  • Rechicourt : Remarkable lock 16m high

Itinerary 3: Strasbourg getaway

Course: Saverne – Strasbourg – Saverne (92km - 40 locks - 22h00)

  • Saverne : Castle of “rohans” (Museum), Castle of “haut barr”, Old town of Saverne, Nautical centre Océanide
  • Hochfelden : Brasserie Météor (visits group only in july/august), Aquatic center Atoo
  • Brumath : Archaeological museum
  • Strasbourg - Bassin de l'hopital : 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

One week

Itinerary 1: Setting sail for the capital of Alsace

Course: Saverne – Boofzheim– Saverne (142km - 60 locks - 35h00)

  • Saverne : Castle of “rohans” (Museum), Castle of “haut barr”, Old town of Saverne, Nautical centre Océanide
  • Hochfelden : Brasserie Météor (visits group only in july/august), Aquatic center Atoo
  • Brumath : Archaeological museum
  • Strasbourg - Bassin de l'hopital : 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

Itinerary 2: The plateaux and ponds of Lorraine

Course: Saverne – Mittersheim – Saverne (122km - 52 locks - 32h00)

  • Saverne : Castle of “rohans” (Museum), Castle of “haut barr”, Old town of Saverne, Nautical centre Océanide
  • Lutzelbourg : Crystal glass-making wurm, Castle
  • Arzviller : Inclined plane, Machinery room, Barge museum, Crystal glass-making “Free fusion”
  • Niderviller : Tunnels (475m & 2306m), Pottery, Sarrebourg (6 km): monumental Chagall stained glass
  • Mittersheim : Lake, Beach, Nautic activities

Two weeks

Itinerary 1: Historic Lorraine

Course: Saverne – Nancy – Toul – Saverne (281km - 103 locks - 69h30)

  • Saverne : Castle of “rohans” (Museum), Castle of “haut barr”, Old town of Saverne, Nautical centre Océanide
  • Lutzelbourg : Crystal glass-making wurm, Castle
  • Arzviller : Inclined plane, Machinery room, Barge museum, Crystal glass-making “Free fusion”
  • Niderviller : Tunnels (475m & 2306m), Pottery, Sarrebourg (6 km): monumental Chagall stained glass
  • Rechicourt : 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 XIIth century, The fountain square and arcades
  • Toul : St. Etienne's cathedral old town and fortifications Vauban museum of art and history
  • Richardménil : Fleville castle

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Cruise prices from463 €

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