Haute-Marne: A Different Champagne
Niched between Champagne and Burgundy, Haute-Marne is a land of tradition, surprising discoveries, unexpected encounters and huge open spaces. The main entryways to our region are Langres with its ramparts, the hometown of the philosopher Denis Diderot, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, a village dear to the heart of General de Gaulle, the wellness and spa resort of Bourbonne-les-Bains, and Der Lake, an inland sea in Champagne.
The senses come alive in this lush countryside, ideal for relaxation and leisure and there’s a fascinating mix of great local produce, thriving arts and culture, exciting histories of battles and castles, a rich architectural heritage and ancient craft skills. Come on in and discover our secrets!
In the summer, this immense lake is perfect for water sports, but in autumn and winter, the lake returns to its natural state and becomes a refuge for thousands of migratory birds including the beautiful Eurasian crane. The area around the lake is rich in heritage and know-how: the timber-framed architecture and stained glass windows of the Der area, the castles of Voltaire and of the Dukes of Guise in Joinville, remarkable gardens and prestigious cast iron artwork in the Blaise Valley.
The Charles de Gaulle Memorial site is situated at the foot of the Cross of Lorraine and completes the story of his life that began at the family home and then continued at his tomb. The memorial takes an interestingly different slant on looking over his life, at his love and loyalty to Haute-Marne and its countryside. The Memorial building was conceived by the architects of the Caen Memorial and blends in wonderfully in the surrounding landscape. It goes well beyond the traditional representation of the man who called for resistance on 18 June 1940 or even the President of the Fifth Republic; it is an appointment with twentieth century history and a meeting with the man and his private life. Follow the tourist itinerary around the village of Colombey-les-Deux-Églises and discover Chaumont and its viaduct, the Little Towns of Character of Vignory and Châteauvillain. Without forgetting the Barrois area with over 245 000 hectares of woodland creates perfect living conditions for deer, wild boar and stag. Châteauvillain, Arc-en-Barrois, les Dhuits and Auberive forests are particularly rich in wildlife.
The ramparts of the fortress town of Langres, perched on its promontory, can be seen from miles away. But these walls are just the backdrop for the exceptional heritage to be discovered inside. Natural beauty abounds outside the ramparts,with four lakes, natural sites and beautiful gardens. The region of Langres is perfect for hiking and for discovering the nearby city of Nogent,known for its blade-making know-how.
In a land of springs and rivers, water has numerous virtues: it heals in Bourbonne-les-Bains, it irrigates the willow plantations in Fayl-Billot, it crosses Europe in the Meuse River, and it’s turned into wine in Coiffy-le-Haut! The spa resort of Bourbonne-les-Bains is situated in a beautifully protected natural environment at the source of the Meuse River, at the crossroads of Lorraine, Franche-Comté and Burgundy. Those waters are beneficial for rheumatism, arthrosis, osteoporosis, bone fractures, bone density loss and ear, nose and throat disorders. The medical spa cure lasts three weeks.
Stay for one night or more in one of our hotels, inns, campsites or guesthouses. Why not stay for a few days to really appreciate the comfort, the hospitality and the quality?
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