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Located in the northeast, and sharing a border with Switzerland and Germany, Alsace is the smallest region in mainland France. The Rhine River marks the region’s boundary to the east, and the majestic Vosges Mountains to the west. Alsace is often described as the very heart of Europe, not least because the region contains the city of Strasbourg. The departments in Alsace: Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin.


The department of Champagne is not only well known for the champagne it produces and the many, many vineyards, but also for extensive forests and rolling hills. The region has a rich medieval heritage, most notably the magnificent Reims Cathedral, where 25 Kings of France chose to be crowned. The departments in Champagne are: Aube, Haute-Marne and Marne.


Strategically located in north-east France, and sharing borders with Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, Lorraine is often said to be at the crossroads of Europe. This explains its very rich and colourful, often turbulent, history – from the Roman heritage in the city of Metz to the Renaissance charm of Nancy. The departments in Lorraine are: Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle and Vosges.