Holidaymakers looking to get a way to an area blessed with wonderful scenic views should visit Gerardmer in the Lorraine region of France. Located on the eastern side of the country, Gerardmer offers many interesting things for holidaymakers to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs, cottages and chalets.
For those looking for all year round fun, Gerardmer is perfect as there is skiing available in the winter months at resorts on the Vosges mountain range. Holidaymakers will find some lovely scenic places well worth exploring by hiking, cycling and horse riding. The lakes and rivers of this department mean holidaymakers can enjoy swimming, fishing, water skiing, wind surfing, canoeing and kayaking. Other activities popular in this area include tennis, mountain biking, climbing and paragliding. Visitors will find many different bars, cafes and restaurants serving delicious French cuisine as well as some international dishes. In addition to this, self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase provisions from the nearby stores and markets.
Holidaymakers staying in Gerardmer will find lots of interesting places to visit nearby including the capital of the Vosges department, Epinal, which is about 45 minute’s drive away. This fine place features the remains of a medieval castle, Saint Maurice’s Basilica, the Roman House and fabulous parks, gardens and an arboretum. In fact this area is blessed with many fine gardens like Jardin d’altitude du Haut-Chitelet just 10 kilometres away. Approximately 19 kilometres from Gerardmer is the town of Munster, which features the 11th century Lion Fountain, a medieval abbey and fabulous churches. Another place well worth visiting 26 kilometres from Gerardmer is the Murbach Abbey, which was founded way back in 727 BC. Vesoul is about an hour and half’s drive away and features fine sights such as the Church of Saint George and Palace of Justice. Jardin Anglais is a lovely park in Vesoul with pretty trees and flowers.
The climate in North East France is similar to Southern England with the warmest months normally July and August and the coldest December to February. Average high temperatures in Meuse are about 22 degrees centigrade in July and August. In January the average high is five degrees centigrade, but temperatures can fall below zero in winter. Rainfall is moderate in the summer with June and July averaging about eight hours of sunshine per day.
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL) is approximately one hour and 35 minutes drive from Gerardmer. Flights arrive here from Amsterdam (AMS), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Edinburgh (EDI), Lisbon (LIS), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Heathrow (LHW), Madrid (MAD), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO), Vienna (VIE) and Zurich (ZRH) amongst others. Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National/Citer and Sixt are car rental firms represented at hall 1 level 2 in the terminal building.