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River Moselle as a link between River Rhine and Canal des Vosges on the French side

River Moselle | France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 152 km
Number of locks: 16
Lock dimensions: 172.00 x 11.00
Degree of difficulty: Very demanding
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Canal de la Marne au Rhin | French Canals
Canal des Vosges | Canals of France
Mosel River | Germany
Saar River | Germany

River Mosel (Moselle) in France
Having traversed the Col de Bussang, a few kilometers northwest of Mulhouse, one can hear it sputtering, the spring of the Mosel.  Until Epinal, where it feeds on its way the northern part of Canal des Vosges, it has become a considerable small river. But, it gets navigable at Neuves Maisons only, a steel boiling town. Short after, one can forget about this short industrial interference and find oneself on this beautiful river, surrounded by woods and pasture. If not in a hurry, you can make a short detour to Toul at km 369.  If one continues, a stop at the port of Liverdun and a visit of this town, on top of a cliff over the river, is well worth while. At Frouard, Canal Marne au Rhin branches off to the right, it goes into the city of Nancy after some kilometers. Next town along the river is Pont à Mousson, the first city in Lorraine with a university (1572) and a world famous foundry. Next, we reach Metz, the capital of Lorraine with its 3000 year old history. A visit is highly recommendable. After Sierk les Bains, Moselle leaves its home land and also changes its name. On the left side is Luxembourg and on the right side the charming German villages with their well known wine yard turn up very soon, the wine of River Mosel…

House Boat hire in France, Moselle

LeBoat, Toul

Kuhnle Tours, Sierk les Bains

Touristic offers can be found in the bigger towns only.