Travel Planning
Eastern France
Travel Planning
Eastern France

Eastern France at a Glance

Parts of Eastern France have shuffled back and forth between France and Germany over the centuries. The area boasts rich vineyards and farmland in the north and more mountainous terrain in the south. 

Eastern France is filled with diversity. Towns such as Annecy, Strasbourg and Colmar wow visitors with their preserved historic centers. You could be forgiven if you thought you'd taken a time machine back into the 15th century. Leaning half-timbered homes, stone bridges and canals set a picturesque scene.

Eastern France is also home to the Champagne region. If you're visiting Reims to see it's cathedral, be sure and spend a few days in the countryside visiting vineyards and tasting their champagnes.  

For a non-traditional take, consider biking the countryside and getting to know the landscape and the tiny villages that dot its hills. Coming across a cosmopolitan city such as Dijon will be a real pleasure as you can combine a countryside vacation with city pleasures such as art galleries and fine restaurants. 

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Getting There
Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter France if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a French consulate office to learn more about travel requirements. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Eastern France has warmer summers than western France due to its inland location. Winter weather is chilly with snow that occasionally sticks. Eastern France is famous for its steady winds, especially as you head south. 

Safety Concerns Keep an eye out for pickpockets when visited crowded or touristy areas. Visitors should know that train and bus stations tend to get a bit seedy at night. However, eastern France is a safe place to visit if you take commonsense precautions.  

Health Concerns Eastern France has clean drinking water and good public health. 

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