Discover Benelux, Issue 54, June 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  Culture  |  Pays Seltz-Lauterbourg

Natural Magic in Pays Seltz-Lauterbourg Borderlands are often fascinating places. Not least the towns and countryside around the French and German border, in particular the French region of Seltz-Lauterborg. Just under an hour’s drive north of Strasbourg and less than five minutes from the German border, this fantastically green, fertile region is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, with scenic cross-border cycle paths, walks amidst a spectacular nature reserve, and a family-friendly beach at Lauterbourg. Whether you fancy yourself wearing a yellow jersey on the Tour de France and have the pedal-speeds to match, or just enjoy a gentle two-wheeled amble through the countryside, there are routes to suit everyone. Wannabe Wiggins can enjoy the famous ‘EuroVelo 15’ Rhine Route which runs alongside the river Rhine to the north or south, towards Strasbourg. There are also eight cross-border itineraries, as well as the Swiss/ Netherlands route which takes in a total of four European countries.

But the countryside is not just for cycling. The breathtaking nature reserve at the Sauer delta is a walkers’ and bird-lovers’ paradise, with no less than 400 different plant species and 182 types of bird. Similarly, Lauterbourg’s Plage des Mouettes (Seagull Beach) has 500 metres of fine sand beach and amazingly clear waters. For family fun, there’s also a water playground complete with sliding ropes, a springboard jump and water toboggan, as well as an inflatable soft-play water park, kayaking and catamarans. Nearby, you will find a fantastic variety of hotels, guesthouses and campsites. And for the


perfect lunch or dinner? The local restaurants are renowned for their exceptional Alsace cuisine. The ideal place to tuck into a tantalising ‘tarte flambée’.

Photo: Stempfer Christophe

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