Visit Rodemack (Lorraine, France)
Rodemack is a small villlage to the north of Metz, in the Moselle department (Lorraine region) close to the border with Luxembourg and Germany in northern France.
The village is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France' and often referred to as 'the little Carcassonne of Lorraine' because of the extensive fortified walls that still surround historic Rodemack.
You can enter the village by the imposing gateway (the Porte de Sierck) that passes through the 700 metres of high fortifications, much as visitors have done since the time of their construction in the 15th century. Note the sundial on the tower on the left as you enter. Following the 'promenade des ramparts' is a good way to see how imposing these village walls are.
Note: the 'gateway' is formed by an arch between the two towers - this is actually a 20th century reconstruction after the original was destroyed during World War II. Originally there was also a second gateway on the other side of the village but that no longer exists.
Immediately you find yourself in a well preserved medieval environment with numerous picturesque buildings and streets to explore.
There are several important historical monuments of interest in Rodemack, the most important of which is the remains of the original 12th century castle, now in an attractive park setting. Although little remains of the original castle you can still see the stables, a well, vaulted cellars and a gunpowder storage room. There is also a more recent 'castle' (the Pavillon des Officiers), built on the site of the original castle.
Among other buildings of interest, the Maison des Baillis is an imposing house dating from the 16th century. The main church in Rodemack, the Church of Saint Nicholas, is an 18th century replacement of an earlier church on the same site, while the small Chapel of Notre Dame dates from the 17th century.
There is also a reasonably extensive medieval garden below the walls in Rodemack where traditional vegetables and medicinal plants are grown, and a small traditional washhouse (now much restored).
If you visit during the summer there are various medieval reenactment events that take place so be sure to ask for information at Rodemack Tourist Office.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Rodemack, Cattenom, Thionville-Est, Moselle, Lorraine, 57570 || GPS: latitude 49.469722, longitude 6.236944
Map of Rodemack & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Rodemack, France
- Parc zoologique d'Amnéville - zoo or wildlife park (26km)
- Rombas - ville fleurie 4* (26km)
- Longwy ville neuve (Vauban fortifications) - heritage site (35km)
- Metz - secteur sauvegarde (37km)
The French version of this page is at Rodemack (Francais)