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The Voie Bleue

Adventure within reach

What about a siesta in the shade of poplars towering up beside the Moselle? The Voie Bleue – Moselle-Saône à Vélo is a French national cycle route stretching from the town of Apach, on the French border with Luxembourg, down to Lyon. Thanks to just small shifts in altitude and cycle paths well laid out along the majority of the way, La Voie Bleue is an ideal route for families, or for those embarking on their first cycling journey.  For more seasoned cyclists, there’s no doubt that this 700km route, plus the many interconnections with further cycle routes it offers, can provide you with an unforgettable trip.


From Sierck-les-Bains

to Thionville

On this first stage along La Voie Bleue in France, leave Sierck-les-Bains and its château built for the Dukes of Lorraine by following the meandering Moselle. Towards Contz-les-Bains, at a bend in the river, vine-covered slopes suddenly appear.

The cycle route continues beside the waterway, crossing typical Lorraine villages. The inauguration of the extra-wide lock at Kœnigsmacker in 1956 enabled riverboats from the Rhine Basin to transfer to the Moselle. Reaching Thionville, Basse-Ham Base Nautique, a boating and water-sports centre set in green surrounds, provides cyclists, campers and sailors with all the facilities they could need.

From Thionville

to Metz

After Thionville, La Voie Bleue slips away from this well-fortified town with its two lock bridges, masterpieces of military engineering. You then pass industrial heritage, cycling past Illange Port, France’s leading river port for metallurgical products, followed by the U4 blast furnace, a rare monument from the 20th century’s steel industry to have been transformed into a cultural and heritage centre.

Reaching the city of Metz, the cycle route crosses pretty lakes and wetlands. Take the time to wander around Metz’s historic centre before continuing on your trip; St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Centre Pompidou-Metz modern art museum count among many unmissable sights in this, the capital of the Lorraine region.

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