Expansive grain-fields, woods with plenty of game, vineyards, picturesque villages and a number of reservoirs and lakes characterize this area. In two nature parks you will find vegetation not generally expected in this area: carnivorous plants, capercaillie on the higher grounds and lynx in the woods. But the main attraction of a boating holiday in the Alsace-Lorraine lies in the historic water buildings and structures. A number of manual and electric locks, several tunnels, the huge lock of Réchicourt and the boat-lift of St. Louis-Arzviller are among other awesome structures present.
The main waterways Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Canal de l’Est, Mosel(le) and Saar-Cabak are multi-faceted: meandering rivers intersect with straight canal-sections. The waterway runs through mountainous areas, vast fields of open countryside, and busy towns like Strassbourg, Saverne or Verdun as well as dreamy little wine villages.