11 days in Grand Est Itinerary

11 days in Grand Est Itinerary

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Fly to Luxembourg, Train to Metz
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Metz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nancy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Train to Saint-Louis, Shuttle to Basel, Fly to Dublin

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Metz — 2 nights

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale, see where the ancients bathed at Villa Pompei, then contemplate the long history of Templar's Chapel, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Plan d'Eau de Metz. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, play a few rounds at UGOLF Chateau de Cherisey, and then see the interesting displays at Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Before you visit Metz, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dublin, Ireland to Metz is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Metz is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in July; daily highs in Metz reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Nancy.
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Nancy — 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Get some cultural insight at Place Stanislas and Place d'Alliance. Step out of the city life by going to Lac de Bouzey and Pole Aquatique Grand Nancy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nancy: Maison Natale de Jeanne d’Arc (in Domremy-la-Pucelle) and Thermes de Vittel Les Thermes de Vittel - Parc Thermal (in Vittel). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, admire the striking features of Hotel de Ville, identify plant and animal life at L'Enclos Des Cigognes, and walk around Parc de la Pepiniere.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nancy road trip tool.

Getting from Metz to Nancy by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Nancy are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Visiting Buvette aux Sept Ecluses and Cascade du Nideck will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and La Petite France. Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott) and Cascade du Hohwald (in Le Hohwald). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fort de Mutzig, surround yourself with nature on VinoVarlot, stop by Alsace Factory, and make a trip to Barrage Vauban.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Strasbourg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nancy to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colmar.
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Colmar — 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet, wander the streets of Little Venice, and then explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Old Town, then make a trip to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colmar vacation planning site.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Colmar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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