This is a boating trip that will delight true lovers of waterways cruising. Alongside the delightful countryside, sights and culinary delights, there’s the unique experience of using the magnificent Arzviller boat lift and the Réchicourt lock - the highest lock in France.
Located at the foot of the Regional Natural Park of the Northern Vosges which is classified as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the marina of Saverne is an excellent starting point for a boating holiday. From here you can discover a region rich in gastronomy, culture, heritage and nature.
Saverne: Rohan castle (museum), Haut-Barr castle, Saverne‘ s old town, Centre Nautique l’Océanide – waterpark
Lutzelbourg: Wurm crystal factory, castle, panoramic views of the valley, children’s playground
Arzviller: Boat lift, engine room, Houseboat museum, "Fusion Libre" crystal factory, alpine luge coaster ride
Niderviller: Tunnels (475m & 2306m), Pottery museum and factory shop, Marc Chagall stained glass at the Chapelle des Cordeliers, Sarrebourg (6km from Niderviller):
Réchicourt: Remarkable lock, 16m high
Now you’ve discovered the incredible Arzviller boat lift and countless more delights along the the Marne-Rhine canal ends, it’s time to head back to your starting base at Saverne where your boating break ends.
Holiday reviews from Saverne
The pleasure of traveling at your own pace
This was our first river cruise and we were totally won over by it! What a pleasure to travel at your own pace and to stop wherever and whenever you want. Initially, we were apprehensive about controlling the boat but the advice of the Nicols teams at the start put us at ease in no time.
Roger, 61, Zurich