Inspiration: Grand-Est - Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine

Grand-Est | © Bert Schwarz 2023

Grand Est is the new name of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region. It replaces the three former administrative regions of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine and consists of the eastern departments of the Ardennes, Aube, Bas-Rhine, Haut-Rhine, Haute Marne, Marne, Meurthe and Moselle, Meuse, Moselle and the Vosges.

The Alsace

The region has lost two industries in quick succession that provided the economic basis for modest prosperity for the middle class, which mainly included workers in the coal mines and machine factories, and the textile industry that produced fabrics and carpets.

The cuisine of the Grand Est is heavily influenced by its German neighbor, which borders it to the east. Traditional dishes include steamed potatoes, plates of wild boar and pork sausage. We especially enjoyed the real Quiche Lorraine.

Place Stanislas, Menschen, Nancy | © Bert Schwarz 2017

Still on our to-do list are discovery trips to Champagne and the "continuation" of the German Wine Route in Alsace. Nature lovers come to Grand Est to enjoy its beauty in the many national parks. Its proximity to Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland makes its geographic location a cultural melting pot. The region's gastronomy is mainly influenced by its bordering neighbors, with most dishes inspired by the tastes and flavors of Germany.

Alter Salzspeicher, Motorräder, Baum, Wissembourg | © Bert Schwarz 2019

Champagne-Ardenne is famous for its wine production, with exquisite sparkling wine stealing the show. This is where the prestigious vineyards are located or where the champagne houses can be visited. The decision to taste champagne is never wrong.

Baum, Büsche, Wiese, Wald, Berge, Vogesen  | © Bert Schwarz 2014

There is no shortage of grand sights in the area. The Ballons des Vosges Nature Park and the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park are both worth a visit.
Bert Schwarz

Inspirations ... from the Grand-Est