Mosel (Moselle) and Rhine-Marne Canal

The canal flows from the Rhine in Strasbourg to Vitry-le-François via Toul. Sometimes the canal and the Mosel cross the Regional Natural Park of Lorraine (Parc naturel régional de Lorraine), there you can find unexpectedly amazing flora and fauna. There are carnivorous plants in the marshes, orchids and grouse on the high pastures and if you are very lucky you will see wild lynx in the woods. In addition to the beautiful nature you will also see a variety of historical places along the route; from the historic Nancy to the lovely Thionville.


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Turn: Nancy - 7 days

  • Niderviller, Nancy and back: 7 days / 164 km Tour / 42 locks

Turn: Metz - 3 to 4 days

  • Sierck-les-Bains, Thionville, Metz and back: 3-4 days / 104 km trip / 10 locks

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Three-country round trip from / to Sierck-les-Bains: 10 to 14 days

  • Three-country round trip from / to Sierck-les-Bains: 10-14 days / 396 km / 72 locks

Three-country round trip from / to Niderviller: 10 to 14 days

  • Three-country round trip from / to Niderviller: 10-14 days / 430 km / 72 locks

Rhein Marne Kanal im Elsass

Elsass Rhein Marne Kanal

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Die Mosel

Rhine-Marne Canal to Nancy

From Niderviller westward, you will pass Heming, Gondrexange and other small villages with pretty old-fashioned buildings. The great lock of Réchicourt replaces six smaller locks, it is 15 meters deep and it is located in a large nature reserve. In this area you and your crew will be very busy, because there are six locks in a typical Lorraine village. There are automatic locks at Lunéville, Einville and the Saline city of Dombasle. After this you will cross the aqueduct at Meurthe to get to Nancy.

Nancyis located in a wide basin. In the northern part of the city is the old town, which is characterized by buildings of the middle ages and the early modern period. Worth seeing is the former Ducal Palace (Palais des Ducs de Lorraine, now a museum) and the neo-Gothic church Saint-Epvre. In the southern part is the new town, which forms the center around the Place Stanislas. This place is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Near to the city's port is a chocolate factory which runs tours and tastings.

On the Mosel to Toul

If you turn westward and travel partly down the canal you will reach Frouard. The Rhine-Marne canal flows through an old moat. For those who love culture, the Cathedral Saint-Étienne, the collegiate church of Saint-Gengoult, the Abbey Saint-Mansuy, the old town and the ramparts are worth a visit. Even if you aren't into culture it's still worth a trip, because it's the most important wine-growing region of Lorraine and the wines are superb. The bright Rosé Gris de Toul is especially delicious for summer. 


The french Moselle flows between Frouard and Sierck-les-Bains. North of Nancy, in Frouard, the Moselle branches off and forms the three-country route with the Saar and the Saar canal. Between Frouard and Sierck-les-Bains, the Mosel is a long river with short canal sections. Cities such as Pont-à-Mousson (Moselbrück), Metz and Thionville have good mooring facilities, from which you can comfortably stroll on foot through the beautiful old towns.


Pont-à-Mousson was named Moselbrück by a bridge from the 9th century and is idyllically situated on the banks of the Moselle. Pont-a-Mousson is a monastery complex, it is part of the European Centre for Sacred Art, and has lots of cafes and restaurants.


For Metz, you should plan a longer port stay. The former episcopal and imperial city is among others named by its cathedral with the famous glass paintings (6500 square meters, some by, Marc Chagall). The picturesque old town is worth a tour. Since spring in 2010, the city with the Centre Pompidou Metz is another attraction. And near the Porte des Allemands you can walk along the river on top of the walls. The city also offers many beautiful festivals, like ithe Mirabelle (Prune) Festival in August - the Mirabelle can be found in many culinary specialties the whole year for example in jams, sweets or in the bottle. Make sure to try the Boulet de Metz, macaroons with Mirabelle ice cream.


Thionville is a great place to take a walk in the evening or night. Young and old sit in the cafes, restaurants and pubs and there are many assorted shops and boutiques. Travel down the river to reach our charter base, Sierck-les-Bains.