France » Canal de la Marne au Rhin | French Canals
A long canal from Champagne over the Mosel to the Rhine in Alsace
Canal de la Marne au Rhin | French Canals: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||289 km|
|Number of locks:||127|
|Lock dimensions:||38.50 x 5.08|
|Max. depth:||1.80||Max. headroom:||3.50|
|Degree of difficulty:||Some experience is an advantage|
|Requirements:||No license asked for hired boats|
|Character of waterway:||old waterway, to be rediscovered|
|Profile of waterway:||Commercial traffic and tourism|
Waterway has access to:Canal de la Marne au Rhin | French Canals
Canal du Rhône au Rhin, Branche Nord / Canal de Colmar / French canal
Canal latéral à la Marne | Canal in France
River Moselle | France
From Champagne over the Lorraine to Alsace
The navigable Marne leads from Paris to Epernay, there one changes into the side canal of the Marne and continues to Vitry le François. Then, it is followed by the westerly stretch of the Marne-Rhin until Toul on the Moselle.
The easterly stretch connects Toul and Strasbourg and is particularly suitable for a house boat holiday.
At Toul, one has two possibilities to get onto the easterly part of the canal
a) one navigates southwards, upstream on the Mosel until Richardmenil and then over the “Embranchement de Nancy” to get onto the Marne-Rhine again east of Nancy, at km 169, or
b) one goes to the north, down the Mosel, and has again a connection to the Marne-Rhin at Pompey.
There is a very charming towing possibility at the Etang de Parroy. Followed by Lagarde, this village has first of all a big, nice church. But right next to it is the comfortable Restaurant de la Garde and a bit further down, the port with all amenities. Then the woods of Rechicourt and the Etang de Gondrexange follow, and with them, the branching off into the Huillères de la Sarre (Saar-Kohlekanal) which has nothing to do with coal anymore.
Happily arrived, one finds oneself in the wild valley of the Zorn; accompanying you over Lutzelbourg to Saverne. The Port of Saverne is really nice but a cheek really, it stands in the middle of the gardens of the Château des Duc de Rohan, lying just en face. The remaining narrow 50 km to Strasbourg offer towing at Waltenheim, Vendenheim and Souffelweyerheim.
Latter is very suitable for a visit to Strasbourg, since towing possibilities are rare in town and not easy to find.
House-Boat hire in France
Canal from the Marne to the Rhin.
Locanoat Holidays, Lutzelbourg
Le Boat, Heese & Toul
Navig France, Lagarde