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 and the houses of the old town and the ramparts are worth seeing. Even if you aren't into the 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 wonderful for summer drinking.
The French Moselle travels 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 channel. Between Frouard and Sierck-les-Bains, the Mosel is a long river with short channel 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, 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 known among other things by its cathedral with the famous glass paintings (6500 square meters, some by, Marc Chagall). The picturesque old town is worth a tour. Since the spring of 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, for example, in August the Mirabelle (Prune) Festival - the Mirabelle can be found here all year round in many culinary specialties, whether in jams, sweets or in the bottle. Make sure to try the Boulet de Metz, macaroons with Mirabelleneis.
Thionville is a great place for the night. Have a wander; young and old sit in the cafes, restaurants and pubs and there are many assorted shops and boutiques. Travel down river to reach our charter base, Sierck-les-Bains.