Alsace

A cosmopolitan water trip with everything! The tiny French region of Alsace and neighbouring Saarland in Germany are regions as beautiful as the art and architecture of their cities.

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Despite being the smallest French province, Alsace has a lot to offer its visitors. For example, the multicultural atmosphere of a place where French and German influences mingle, the first-class gastronomy and the unique architecture and art collections. 

Map of Alsace

Cosmopolitan cruise

The area, characterised by half-timbered houses in well-preserved medieval villages, is not that difficult to explore –⁠ you only have to travel a little over 500 kilometres from the Czech Republic. In such a relatively short distance, you will reach a realm of sights, including mighty castles, enchanting chateaux and picturesque mills. In addition to historic buildings, the landscape is also dotted with vast vineyards where you can taste the divine Riesling. Delicious Alsatian cuisine will accompany you every step of the way, let yourself be tempted! We recommend trying the Kugelhopf, the famous cake with raisins and almonds. When you're stuffed to the brim, take a walk along one of the many trails that line the canals. You can also combine an Alsace holiday with an exploration of neighbouring Lorraine, Luxembourg and the Saarland, for a total of three countries and three distinct cultures.

The most popular cruise on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin

This popular route takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. Along the way, you will visit places such as Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with their beautiful rose gardens, or the Renaissance palace and castle of Haut Barr, which offers a unique view of the Alsatian countryside. An extraordinary experience also awaits you as you sail through the ArzvillerThe Arzviller lift, rightly hailed as a technical marvel of modern canal transport.

View of the landscape, the water channel and the ruins of Lutzelbourg Castle from the top.

Lutzelbourg is known for its beautiful landscape, castle and crystal workshops.

You'll also see the vibrant city of Strasbourg, which boasts UNESCO World Heritage status. Your city programme will be packed with culture, sightseeing and shopping. Near your next stop, Boofzheim, the reed marshes around the Rhine are home to many species of wading birds and are sought out by "hunters without guns", while just over the German border in Rust is a wonderful amusement park that will especially delight the younger crew of the ship. In addition, the area around the cruise route is criss-crossed with cycle paths that will delight any cycling enthusiast.

What awaits you

On the eastern Franco-German border, the town of Hesse is the gateway to a shipping region of diverse flavours and unique culture. Lovers of Art Nouveau style will admire the Baroque art and architecture of Nancy, and will be particularly captivated by Place Stanislas. Fishing enthusiasts, on the other hand, will enjoy fishing in Godrexange. Experienced sailors with a valid boat licence should not miss out on Europe's main waterway. The exceptionally scenic rivers Sarre and Mosella offer a whole new perspective on river cruising. The historic cities of Metz, Thionville, Trier, Saarburg, Dillingen and Saarlouis are also worth a stop. There is plenty of fun to be had on the beautiful Mittersheim Lake. You'll also enjoy the cruise after crossing the aqueduct in Saaralbe, when you'll be treated to an unprecedentedly beautiful landscape. Cosmopolitan Saarbrücken with its futuristic art galleries, baroque palaces and café culture will introduce you to another side of the Alsatian region.

Useful information

  • If you want to sail from Saarbrücken to Apache on German and Luxembourg rivers, you need a boat licence. This must be obtained before the cruise and cannot be purchased "on the spot" in France.
  • Canal de la Marne au Rhin and Canal du Rhone au Rhin –⁠ the locks are automatic and easy to operate. Opening hours are from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm (until 6.00 pm on Sundays) depending on the season.
  • Canal des Houillères de la Sarre –⁠ manually operated locks; an operator will help you on request. Opening hours 8.30–⁠18.30.

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Cruises for 2–⁠5 days

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 2 days | 46 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 32

Harskirchen - Pont d'Albeschaux - Harskirchen

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 2 days | 46 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 24

Saverne - Arzwiller - Niderviller and back

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its magnificent rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 2 days | 64 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 20

Harskirchen - Sarreguemines - Harskirchen

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 3 days | 42 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 14

Languimberg - Lagarde - Languimberg

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 3 days | 44 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 12

Waltenheim-sur-Zorn - Saverne - Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 3 days | 48 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 15

Waltenheim-sur-Zorn - Strasbourg - Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 3 days | 59 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 2

Languimberg - Arzviller - Languimberg

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 3 days | 66 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 26

Languimberg - Port du Houillon - Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

Languimberg is a small village with less than 200 inhabitants. It is situated right in the heart of the region around the Moselle River. Sarrebourg and the Sainte-Croix Animal Park are located near the village. A Michelin-starred restaurant can be found right in Languimberg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 3 days | 66 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 26

Waltenheim-sur-Zorn - Languimberg

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 5 days | 73 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 30

Harskirchen - Saverne

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 5 days | 73 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 40

Harskirchen - Rechicourt - Harskirchen

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 5 days | 86 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 28

Languimberg - Saverne - Languimberg

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 5 days | 86 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 42

Saverne - Strasbourg and back

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 5 days | 92 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 24

Saverne - Arzwiller - Niderviller - Gondrexange - Réchicourt

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 5 days | 94 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 51

Waltenheim-sur-Zorn - Saverne - Lutzelbourg - Arzviller - Niderviller - Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 5 days | 108 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 32

Harskirchen - Saarbrücken - Harskirchen

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 5 days | 120 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 34

Languimberg - Saint-Phlin - Languimberg

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Cruises for a week

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 104 km
Type of cruise: one-way route
Number of locks: 43

Hesse - Strasbourg - Boofzheim (or vice versa)

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 107 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 59

Waltenheim-sur-Zorn - Strasbourg - Waltenheim-sur-Zorn - Saverne - Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 114 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 62

Lutzelbourg - Saverne - Strasbourg and back

Lutzelbourg boasts a majestic castle ruin and many crystal workshops and shops. Wherever you go, you will always see half-timbered houses. The famous boat lift in Arzviller is also nearby. Heading towards Strasbourg, be sure not to miss the town of Saverne with its famous Château des Rohan. If you continue along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, you will reach Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 120 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 76

Saverne - Arzwiller - Mittersheim - Lagarde and back

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 120 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 76

Saverne - Strasbourg - Gondrexange and back

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 124 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 44

Harskirchen - Lützelbourg - Harskirche

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 144 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 48

Lützelbourg - Arzviller - Mittersheim - Sarralbe

Set sail from Lutzelbourg, which boasts a majestic castle ruin and many crystal workshops and shops, towards the watery wonder that is the Arzviller Boat Lift. At Lake Condrexange, take the Canal des Houilléres de la Saare towards Mittersheim and Sarralbe.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 152 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 42

Hesse - Nancy - Hesse

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 153 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 46

Languimberg - Pompey - Languimberg

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 156 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 68

Hesse - Strasbourg - Hesse

Admire the beautiful scenery as you take the lift up to Arzviller and cruise to Saverne, which is famous for its beautiful gardens. Strasbourg is a culturally rich city and is ideal for shopping and sightseeing. Its entire centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 166 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 68

Languimberg - Port du Houillon - Sarreguemines - Lagarde - Port du Houillon - Languimberg

Languimberg is a small village with less than 200 inhabitants. It is situated right in the heart of the region around the Moselle River. Sarrebourg and the Sainte-Croix Animal Park are located near the village. A Michelin-starred restaurant can be found right in Languimberg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 166 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 68

Languimberg - Sarreguemines - Lagarde - Languimberg

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 190 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 50

Lutzelbourg - Arzviller - Dombasle - Nancy

From Lutzelbourg, head towards the Arzviller ship lift, a masterpiece, this lift replaces 17 locks! Sail past Lake Condrexange, continue through Lagarde, where there is a nature park, towards the town of Nancy. Nancy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and certainly has a lot to offer - for example, you can admire the splendour of its square!

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 206 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 62

Hesse - Saarbrücken - Hesse

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 7 days | 208 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 72

Saverne - Nancy

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Cruises for 10–⁠14 days

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 10 days | 178 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 64

Saverne - Réchicourt - Saverne - Strasbourg

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 10 days | 212 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 82

Lutzelbourg - Arzviller - Sarreguemines - Saverne

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 228 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 88

Languimberg - Boofzheim - Languimberg

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 234 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 72

Lutzelbourg - Arzviller - Sarreguemines - Saarbrücken

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 238 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 92

Harskirchen - Strasbourg - Harskirchen

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 256 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 64

Lutzelbourg - Arzviller - Nancy - Liverdun - Toul - Messein - Dombasle

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 256 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 95

Waltenheim-sur-Zorn - Saverne - Arzviller - Dombasle - Nancy - Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 256 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 96

Languimberg - Sarreguemines - Lagarde - Nancy - Languimberg

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 256 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 105

Waltenheim-sur-Zorn - Saverne - Arzviller - Sarreguemines - Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 268 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 76

Saverne - Strasbourg - Nancy and back

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 273 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 117

Harskirchen - Nancy - Toul - Harskirchen

The small French region of Alsace is amazing, especially in terms of art and architecture. Follow the network of charming rivers and canals that lead you to the historic cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 294 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 61

Saverne - Strasbourg - Sarreguemines and back

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 346 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 68

Lutzelbourg - Arzviller - Dombasle - Nancy - Metz

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 402 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 126

Lutzelbourg - Arzviller - Sarreguemines - Nancy - Toul

One of the most popular routes takes you from the Sarre Valley along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg and Boofzheim. The beautiful Lutzelbourg and Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens, Renaissance palace and Haut Baar Castle with its stunning views, are an extraordinary experience.

Harskirchen, Alsace, France, cruising area map

Trip length: 14 days | 433 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 74

Hesse - Metz - Trier - Saarbrücken - Hesse

A fantastic cosmopolitan cruise through France, Luxembourg and Germany on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, the Moselle, the Sarre River and the Canal des Houillères de la Sarre. A driving licence is required for the Saarbrücken –⁠ Trier –⁠ Apach section! On the other waterways, navigation is possible without a licence.