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 region is particularly famous for the production of champagne and the industry is also a major local employer. Chalk soil and a semi-continental climate create ideal conditions for growing Champagne wines.
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.
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.
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.
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.