France, Vosges (88), Epinal, la Cité de l'Image, l'Imagerie d'Epinal
France, Vosges (88), Mirecourt, le musée de la lutherie
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To the sources of well-being
Vittel, Contrexéville, Luxeuil les Bains, Plombières les Bains… names with crystal clear sounds. It’s no coincidence that these lands, dotted with natural springs, were discovered during ancient times by the Romans – experts in thermalism. This is a recreational and relaxing stay taking in some of the most beautiful spas of the Vosges. You will enjoy the beneficial qualities specific to each of them, in a wooded and soothing environment.
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It’s in Vittel that your thermal stay takes source. Thermal and mineral waters have made the town famous with the general public. «With Vittel, find the vitality that is in you!” This famous slogan is still as topical in this charming resort built by the best architects and located in a setting ideal for outdoor activity. A casino, flowery parks, thermal baths, large hotels with bright facades, all contribute to a peaceful recollection of the Belle Epoque. The contemporary architecture of Contrexéville is equally charming. The capital of slimming, this spa town near Vittel is distinguished by its brightly coloured buildings, the beauty of its Orthodox church and the colonnades of multiple shades of blue of the baths. Spend the afternoon in this romantic atmosphere enjoying the town’s entertainment after relaxing in its restorative waters.
Leave Contrexeville in the morning to enjoy the great outdoors in the ancient druid forest of Darney. After this rural break go and discover the thermal springs in Bains-les-Bains, a resort with an Art Deco ambience in the heart of an invigorating, wooded environment; once again you can enjoy the many treatments on offer before heading to Fontenoy-le-Château to admire the remains of its fortress. Spend the late afternoon and evening in Luxeuil-les-Bains, a thermal location with a rich historical past where you can combine well-being and culture.
After leaving Luxeuil-les-Bains don’t pass Fougerolles without a look. The capital of the cherry, the town offers a small museum highlighting the art of Kirsch making that warrants a visit. Continue on to Plombières-les-Bains; this small Roman family town that Montaigne chose for his cures has the distinction of being built around ten natural hot springs with various healing properties. Its privileged natural setting makes it the perfect starting point for hikes or excursions in the surrounding area. Arrive in Epinal by early evening.
Prefecture of the Vosges department, located on the edge of the Moselle, Epinal is the most wooded city in France. Visit the Cité de l’Image, featuring the traditional imagery that has made this small vosgienne town world famous, and a museum of images. You can also visit the circled ruins of the superb English park at Château d’Epinal. Offering a completely different style, Mirecourt has an artisanal character deeply rooted in the art of stringed musical instruments.
MyTripTailor Tip: End your stay with a touch of cultural by following in the footsteps of Joan of Arc, visiting her birthplace of Domrémy-la-Pucelle, north of Mirecourt.
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