You can follow the no less famous Alsatian wine route aboard your houseboat or go exploring the landscapes of the Vosges mountains. What with the region’s gastronomic delights and the Alsatian sense of hospitality, you can gear yourself up for an unforgettable holiday if you opt for a waterway cruise in Alsace.
Navigate canals steeped in history between Alsace and Lorraine
Pick up your chosen houseboat in the picturesque town of Waltenheim sur Zorn for an unusual and original holiday. Set off in your desired direction, between the plains of Alsace and the Vosges massif, as you take to the Marne-Rhine or Rhone-Rhine Canal aboard your licence-free boat. This is a land of exchange and communication, a region steeped in treasures, so prepare to explore every corner of this living heritage aboard your houseboat. Take the time to moor up along the way and wander the village markets or eat at one of the many Winstubs – traditional Alsatian restaurants. The region’s gastronomy will be an important part of your Alsatian waterway cruise. Tarte flambée and sauerkraut, pies with blueberries or mirabelle plums, Lorraine pâté… life aboard your licence-free boat will be a real foray into Alsatian gastronomy.
Unexpected pleasures to experience during your waterway cruise in Alsace
Treat yourself to a weekend’s immersion in a land dotted with half-timbered buildings and admire Hansel and Gretel’s house, located just a few metres away from Les Canalous’ base in Waltenheim sur Zorn. If you have the opportunity, extend your enjoyment by going through a few more locks to explore the regional capital, Strasbourg, or experience the unique inclined plane of Saint-Louis-Arzviller. Travelling through the locks will be great fun for all members of your crew and visiting this veritable elevator for boats will be one of the unforgettable moments of your cruise. Strasbourg’s historical heritage will be a source of astonishment and wonder for you all. In between, there’ll be ample ideas for off-road cycling trips, as well as breaks to take advantage of the region’s numerous lakes and rivers. Treat yourself to a swim or laze by the beach in the Alsatian sun. This is all part of the magic of a waterway cruise in Alsace – a chance to simply get away from it all !
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Set off from Waltenheim-sur-Zorn and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:
|Aller-retour||48km - 15 locks||10h||Waltenheim sur Zorn > Strasbourg > Waltenheim sur Zorn|
|Aller-retour||44km - 12 locks||12h||Waltenheim sur Zorn > Saverne > Waltenheim sur Zorn|
|Aller-simple||66km - 26 locks||16h||Waltenheim sur Zorn > Languimberg|
|Aller-retour||94km - 51 locks||28h||Waltenheim sur Zorn > Saverne > Lutzelbourg > Arzviller > Niderviller > Waltenheim sur Zorn|
|Aller-retour||107km - 59 locks||25h||Waltenheim sur Zorn > Strasbourg > Waltenheim sur Zorn > Saverne > Waltenheim sur Zorn|
|Aller-retour||256km - 105 locks||60h||Waltenheim sur Zorn > Saverne > Arzviller > Sarreguemines > Waltenheim sur Zorn|
|Aller-retour||256km - 95 locks||56h||Waltenheim sur Zorn > Saverne > Arzviller > Dombasle > Nancy > Waltenheim sur Zorn|