MTG1 02 Sedan Mouzon Verdun Commercy Domremy Neufchateau BainsLesBains
Published: 26/10/2019
Cléry-le-Petit, Grand Est
This route from the Motorbike guide France part 1 is a ride along the Meuse from the Ardennes to Alsace.

Bert Loorbach, the writer, is an enthusiastic motorcyclist himself and lived in France for a year and a half. During that time he devoted himself to mapping the unknown and beautiful roads of France especially for motorcyclists.

This is the second route from the book. Start in Sedan and end in Bains-les-Bais.
There are hotels and campsites in the vicinity, which are listed as POIs.

This route runs largely along the Maas and on these relaxed roads you can fully enjoy the river landscape that later turns into hills.
Along the way there are a number of beautiful places, museums and other places of interest that are worth visiting.

In Mouzon (RP2), the only place in France where industrial felt is still produced, you can visit The felt museum and the L'Eglise Abbatiale Notre-Dame monastery.
There is a large beer museum in Stenay (RP3).

From Stenay we drive to Verdun. You can go via the D964 which has more long straights or the route as described here via the D123, which is a bit more challenging and leads through the beautiful hilly landscape along the Maas.

Just outside the city of Verdun is the Ossuary of Douaumont (RP5), with one of the most impressive cemeteries in France. This memorial contains the remains of 130,000 unidentified soldiers who died during the Battle of Verdun. Nearby is the Fort de Douaumont (RP7).

In Verdun (RP9), known for the battle at Verdun during the 1st World War, there is a city with a great deal of history, so a good place to pause, visit the city and possibly have lunch on the banks of the Maas.
In Commercy you can visit the castle of Stanislav (RP13).

Via the D964 we continue to Domrémy-la-Pucelle where we can visit the house where Jeanne d'Arc was born and raised (RP15). We continue on the D53 past the Basilica of Bois-Chenu (RP17) where Jeanne d'Arc heard the voices of St-Catherine, Marguerite and Michel.

Via Neufchateau we continue on a beautiful winding road (D164) to our final destination in Bains-les-Bains.
Here are a few hotels and a camping site to spend the night. All POIs have been added.

This route has a lot to offer besides the beautiful and relaxed roads and that is why I rate it with 4 stars.

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RP13 Castle Stanislav
RP7 Fort de Douaumont
Useful links:
Hôtel Le Château Fort de Sedan
Camping Municipal de la Prairie
Hôtel-Restaurant des Sources
Hôtel-Restaurant du Parc

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Grand Est (French: [ɡʁɑ̃t‿ɛst] (listen); Alsatian: Grossa Oschta; Moselle Franconian/Luxembourgish: Grouss Osten; Rhine Franconian: Groß Oschte; German: Großer Osten [ˈɡʁoːsɐ ˈʔɔstn̩]; English: "Greater East") is an administrative region in Northeastern France. It superseded three former administrative regions, Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine, on 1 January 2016 under the provisional name of Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (pronounced [alzas ʃɑ̃paɲ aʁdɛn lɔʁɛn]; ACAL or, less commonly, ALCA), as a result of territorial reform which had been passed by the French Parliament in 2014.The region sits astride three water basins (Seine, Meuse and Rhine), spanning an area of 57,433 km2 (22,175 sq mi), the fifth largest in France; it includes two mountain ranges (Vosges and Ardennes). It shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland. As of 2017, it had a population of 5,549,586 inhabitants. The prefecture and largest city, by far, is Strasbourg. The East of France has a rich and diverse culture, being situated at a crossroads between the Latin and Germanic worlds. This history is reflected in the variety of languages spoken there (Alsatian, Champenois, and Lorraine Franconian). Most of today's Grand Est region was considered "Eastern" as early as the 8th century, when it constituted the southern part of the Francian territory of Austrasia. The city of Reims (in Champagne), where Frankish king Clovis I had been baptized in 496 AD, would later play a prominent ceremonial role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the coronation of the kings of France. The Champagne fairs played a significant role in the economy of medieval Europe as well. Alsace and Lorraine thrived in the sphere of influence of the Holy Roman Empire for most of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and subject to competing claims by France and German over the centuries. The region has distinctive traditions such as the celebration of Saint Nicholas Day, Christmas markets, or traditions involving the Easter hare in Alsace and Lorraine. Alsace-Moselle are furthermore subject to local law for historical reasons. With a long industrial history and strong agriculture and tourism (arts, gastronomy, sightseeing), the East of France is one of the top economic producing regions in the country.
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This MRA route collection contains 25 beautiful motorcycle routes in different parts of France, such as the Ardennes, Alsace, Vercors, the Drôme, the Ardèche, Cote d'Azure, Gorges du Verdon, the Ariège, the Dordogne and Brittany.

The routes have been carefully made by Bert Loorbach, who himself is an enthusiastic motorcyclist. He lived in France for a year and a half and during that time he focused on mapping the unknown and beautiful roads of France especially for motorcyclists.

The routes are bundled in the Motortourgids France part 1 of Kosmos publishing house and now also available in MyRouteApp.

I have taken over the routes in MRA and sometimes adjusted something to make them even more interesting for the motorcyclist.