Whether you are a serious cyclist or more of a Sunday rider, we have something for you in our selection of cycle routes.
We have scoured Lorraine to bring you all the information you need: the best places to eat and sleep, cycle touring equipment, safe routes, attractions to visit and more. With its wide-open natural landscapes, this is the perfect place to pedal along in total freedom with the wind in your hair. We’ve picked out five major cycle routes for you to enjoy in Lorraine, whether you’re here for a weekend or a longer stay.
Follow the River Meuse by bike from Lorraine to the Netherlands. The route is made up of 36 stages with a variety of accommodation options and attractions to visit.
This international cycle route is ideal for both serious sports people and amateur cyclists. It runs alongside the Meuse, one of Europe’s major rivers, through Belgium to the Netherlands and is over 1,000 km long. The route takes you through the Vosges countryside to historic sites at Verdun and discover local delicacies in Commercy. It is a great way to enjoy the tranquil riverside environment.
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Follow the river through the south of Meurthe-et-Moselle. Whether you have a few hours or a couple of days to spare, escape and enjoy the fresh air just a stone’s throw from Nancy.
The Moselle Loop has 85 km of cycle paths for you to explore as a couple, as a family or with friends. There are a host of treasures waiting to be discovered in this area: visit Toul Cathedral and Nancy’s Art Nouveau walking tour, and taste Côtes de Toul wines or Liverdun Madeleines. Whether you choose to walk, cycle or take a boat trip, this unspoilt natural site is the perfect place to get away from it all and recharge your batteries.
From Sarreguemines, famed for its faience earthenware, the canal follows the Saar Valley, flowing across Alsace and the Lorraine Regional Nature Park.
This cross-border cycle route stretches from London to Rome via Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. The French portion follows the River Saar to Sarreguemines, then runs along the Saar Canal towpath until it joins the Marne-Rhine Canal. Many sections of the route are greenways. Stop for a break between the Gondrexange Lakes, and be sure not to miss the Saint-Louis-Arzviller ship lift!
Accueil Vélo is a French service quality label. Its distinctive logo depicts a white cyclist on a green background. By looking out for the Accueil Vélo sign, you can be sure of a warm welcome and high-quality services within easy reach of cycle routes.
“Véloroutes” are safe medium- or long-distance cycle routes. The routes are designed to be pleasant to cycle. They avoid unnecessary hills and, wherever possible, follow paths especially designed for cyclists, or quiet roads.
From bicycle hire and repair shops, baggage transfers and station cycle deliveries to major sites and attractions, Lorraine’s service providers are geared to making your stay truly comfortable.
The V50 “Blue Escape” cycle path stretches from Luxembourg to Lyon, running through Lorraine from north to south and taking in both rural landscapes and major cities.
Pedalling the Blue Escape for 250 km through Lorraine is the ideal way to discover the local heritage. Visit the U4 blast furnace, now a contemporary art site, explore the cities of Metz and Nancy and stroll around Épinal, home of the famous prints. The route follows the Moselle River, offering beautiful panoramas of the Lorraine countryside.
As you leave Épinal, explore the Vosges Mountains by taking one of the numerous cycle paths through the forest, or the véloroute.
Épinal is located at the heart of the mountains, making it the ideal destination for cyclists. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re more into road bikes or mountain bikes and whether you’re a serious cyclist or just spending a relaxing weekend with friends or family. Mountain biker Julien Absalon has won Olympic gold twice and the World Championships five times. Born in Remiremont, he still trains here.
Lorraine is an outstanding choice of destination for a countryside holiday. It offers a huge range of places to visit and outdoor activities to enjoy. Stroll through the blossoming mirabelle plum orchards in the spring, swim in the lakes in summer and walk in the forests in autumn. Whatever the season, there’s something new to discover.
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