North-east France places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the North-east regions of France (Champagne-Ardenne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Lorraine and Picardy). See also our North-east France guide.

North East France sightseeing and tourist information

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Abbeville

Abbeville makes a pleasant detour when you are exploring the Baie de Somme region, in particular to see the Collegi [...]

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Aire-sur-la-Lys

Now officially listed as a 'recommended detour' town, the highlight in Aire-sur-la-Lys is the bailliage, an ornate [...]

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Amiens

As well as the remarkabe gothic style cathedral which attracts most visitors, Amiens also has several other sites o [...]

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Amiens Cathedral

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Arras

The belfry and the large number of baroque style houses make the centre of Arras very appealing with little clue th [...]

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Bar-le-Duc

In the upper town of Bar-le-Duc you can find good examples of both medieval and renaissance style houses [...]

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Beauvais

In Beauvais you can see the important (if often rebuilt and renovated) cathedral with its famous astronomical clock [...]

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Bitche

The citadel in Bitche is very interesting, with videos explaining the history and sieges of the town [...]

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Boulogne-sur-Mer

The old town with its ramparts, castle and ancient streets are the highlight in Boulogne itself, while nearby there [...]

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Cambrai

Remarkably for the town that was the site of the world's first ever tank batle, Cambrai is very interesting to expl [...]

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Chalons-en-Champagne

In Chalons-sur-Champagne it is the various churches that are the main highlight of a visit [...]

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Charleville-Mezieres

In and around the grand Place Ducale, among the largest squares in France, you can see a large number of interestin [...]

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Epernay

The grand wine houses andvineyards around the town leave you in doubt that Epernay is the world capital of Champagn [...]

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Epine

In the village of Epine you can visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de l'Epine, an impressive 15th century cathedral i [...]

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Ermenonville

The Mer de Sable theme park is the main reason visitors come to Ermenonville, but find time to also see the Chateau [...]

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Esquelbecq

At Esquelbec you can admire the Flemand style town centre with its Chateau and church, and visit an important war c [...]

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Fort-Mahon-Plage

Both the beach itself and the resort of Fort-Mahon-Plage are among the most popular coastal destinations in Picardy [...]

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Gerberoy

The 18th century cottages and pretty gardens, and a radical transformation during the last 50 years, have ensured t [...]

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Givet

On the border with Belgium, Givet is dominated by the Charlemont Fort and is a lovely place to stroll along the riv [...]

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Gravelines

The principal attraction at Gravelines is the fortifications, built by the Spanish in the 16th century and reinforc [...]

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Joinville

Garden enthusiasts will want to visit Joinville to see the extensive gardens of the Château du Grand Jardin [...]

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La Ferte-Milon

The curious facade of a 14th century castle dominates your visit to La Ferté-Milon [...]

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Langres

The highlight in Langres is the chance to follow the 3 kilometres of ramparts - either walking or by tram [...]

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Laon

The cathedral in Laon is an astonishing early gothic masterpiece, and the Museum of Laon is another unexpected high [...]

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Le Crotoy

The long sandy beach is the main attraction in Le Crotoy, and the town is also very pleasant to explore [...]

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Le Touquet

Upmarket Le Touquet is probably the most popular of the coastal resorts in the region, with a lovely beach and wide [...]

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Lille

The renaissance of Lille over the last 20 years has transformed an industrial town into one of the most rewarding c [...]

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Maroilles

It is the riverside setting and the buildings that remain of the abbey complex that once stood here that form the m [...]

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Metz

As well as the cathedral it is the grand squares surrounded by 18th century townhouses that are among the highlight [...]

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Montherme

In a pleasant seting on the Meuse river, the two churches and a stroll along the riverside will be the highlights w [...]

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Montreuil

The historic centre of the fortified town of Montreuil is lovely to explore with lots of cobbled streets and shady [...]

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Nancy

Rather overlooked as a tourist destination, the centre of Nancy around Place Stanislaus is impressive enough to be [...]

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Noyon

The medieval centre of Noyon is dominated by its cathedral in the 'transition' style (between roman and gothic peri [...]

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Parfondeval

The small and rather remote village of Parfondeval is lso very picturesque and centred around its fortified church [...]

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Reims

In the attractive and lively centre of Reims you can see three UNESCO listed world heritage sites: the Notre-Dame C [...]

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Rodemack

The medieval centre in the fortified village of Rodemack make it one of the most beautiful villages in the Lorraine [...]

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Roubaix

Although its not a major tourist destination, the centre of the large town of Roubaix has several sights of interes [...]

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Saint-Amand-les-Eaux

Established as a spa centre for more than 2000 years, it is still the spa treatments that attract visitors to Saint [...]

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Saint-Omer

The attractive centre of Saint-Omr is one of the best towns to see houses built in the Flemish style typical of the [...]

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Saint-Quentin

In the central square in Saint-Quentin, the 16th century town hall is a remarkable example of secular gothic style [...]

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Saint-Quirin

The centre of the small village of Saint-Quirin is very pleasant to explore, then take the cobbled path that leads [...]

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Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is one of the nicest towns in the region, especially the area around the harbour with the ol [...]

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Sedan

Now a 'town of art and history' it is the castle and surrounding streets where your visit to Sedan will focus [...]

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Senlis

The ruined castle, the cathedral and the narrow cobbled streets make Senlis a very pleasant town to visit [...]

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Soissons

In Soissons you can explore the abbey and the cathedral before taking a pleasant riverside walk [...]

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Troyes

As well as one of the most impressive medieval quarters in France, Troyes also has important renaissance buildings, [...]

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Verdun

War memorials are the centre of most visits to Verdun, scene of some of the most terrible battles in the First Worl [...]

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Vireux-Molhain

In Vireux-Molhain you can follow an attractive nature trail and also visit the Collegiale Church [...]

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For more information about the region see the detailed North-east France travel guide