Discover the best top things to do in Lorraine, France including Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, La Cour d'Or, Musee de la Faience, Musee Les Mineurs Wendel, Musee du Verre et du Cristal, Crystal Museum Saint-Louis, Brasserie Musee, Musee du Textile des Vosges, Musee au fil du Papier, Musee de la Guerre de 1870 et de l'Annexion.
5.0 based on 59 reviews
We had the most amazing experience at Epinal American Cemetery when we visited in August. A wonderful man (whose name I forgot to get!) welcomed us and when he found out we were visiting our great-great uncle’s grave, he treated us like VIPs. He gave us many pamphlets and information on Epinal. After we signed the special family guest book, he walked us to the grave and planted an American and French flag in the ground. He then had us rub wet sand from Omaha beach onto the engraving to stand out for our photos. To finish off our amazing experience he ran back to the office and played “America the Beautiful” and “Taps” on the speaker system throughout the cemetery. I did not expect this to be such an emotional experience, but it ended up being the highlight of our trip! Thank you again to everyone at Epinal!
4.5 based on 322 reviews
Collection of museums that reflect the wealth of art and history through the ages.
This is a great regional museum with a fantastic collection of Gallo-Roman materials. Some great mosaics. In the basement is a Roman bathhouse and there are some spectacular painted Medieval ceilings and beams. We were there for more than 2 hours. Highly recommended.
4.5 based on 85 reviews
The museum is housed in the former apartments of Paul de Geiger, director of the Sarreguemines faience works from 1871 to 1914. The museum, a memorial to the industry that made the city's reputation has rich collections of ceramics, bearing witness to the diversity of styles proposed by the faience works to cater for all the tastes and needs of its customers when it came to decoration and arts of the table. Faience, stoneware or porcelain, the full range of ceramic products is on display. And the most valuable piece in the museum's collections? Surely the entire decor of the winter garden,built in 1880 and listed as a historic monument. The museum also houses an archaeological section that recounts life in the territory during the Gallo-Roman period.
4.5 based on 163 reviews
4.5 based on 84 reviews
4.5 based on 163 reviews
The Franco-Prussian war of 1870, ended in a catastrophic french defeat, civil war in France and the birth of the German Empire. In my french history books, it was mentioned briefly as the "events that precipitated the end of the French Empire of Napoleon the Third and gave birth to the third Republic". In reality, it was a catastrophic military adventure where the French made every possible strategic mistake, sent troops to a senseless butchery and plunged the country into a civil war that in turn brought about a cruel and brutal repression. It's a very dark page of French history that is very intelligently recreated in this incredible museum, where the visitor shares every moment of this short and bloody encounter between a dying empire and a new one. How many frenchmen know that the first german emperor was acclaimed in the Chateau de Versailles after France had unconditionally surrendered to prussian troops?
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