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Holidays in Haute-Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Haute-Marne is a department located in the Champagne-Ardenne region in northeast France and is named after the Marne River that has its source in the area and flows through the medieval town of Langres. There are other historic attractions in Haute-Marne and beautiful, natural scenery if you prefer outdoor activities to castles and museums. Chaumont is the capital of the region and is well known for the 600m long viaduct, which was built in the town in 1859, and the town was also the site of a historic treaty signing in 1814.

Historic Towns

Langres is a medieval town still surrounded by the ancient fortifications. It is possible to walk most of the way round the walls, but if you prefer there is also a train that tours the 3.5 km route. The town is also home to a 13th century cathedral and a museum detailing the art and history of the region. The viaduct is the main attraction in Chaumont, and if you arrive by train you will enjoy a spectacular entrance across the 19th century construction. Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises is famous as the town where wartime leader General de Gaulle was born and is now buried. There is a museum about his life in the town and it is possible to take a guided tour of the family home. Joinville is home to Chateau du Grand Jardin, famous for its laid-out parks and gardens while the town itself is typically medieval with winding cobbled streets and half-timbered houses.

Enjoy the Outdoors

The Lac Der Chantecoq is a man-made lake on the border of Haute-Marne and the neighboring region, Marne. You can hire sailing boats, kayaks or something faster to explore the lake or stay on shore and follow the hiking trails around the shore. You can also fish in the lake or just enjoy one of the many beaches that are popular in the summer. Adrenaline-junkies can try water-skiing or windsurfing. The Plateau de Langres offers more taxing hiking opportunities and has great views of the countryside from the highest point in the area. The region is the source of three French rivers; the Marne, the Aube and the Meuse. The banks of all three have hiking paths, offer fishing opportunities and can be explored by boat or canoes.
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