Located in the Lorraine region, the department of Meuse is officially part of the Grand Est region. Various amounts of beautiful cities and memorials will make you discover a very nice part of northeastern France. You'll be able to discover the different places that bear witness to the atrocities of the First World War. Depending on your various requirements and your needs, HomeCamper has various hosts in store for you that are going to be able to make you enjoy your stay like never before. Lovers of vanlife, roadtrips, and outdoor camping will be delighted!
The city of Verdun is in a way one of the more important pages in France's past because it has kept the imprint of the First World War. A visit to the Verdun battlefield is essential if you're a history enthusiast. The Verdun memorial (which is a museum of the Great War), the Douaumont fort and its ossuary or the bayonet trench create a serious, strange and unusual atmosphere filled with history.
The underground citadel is one of the must-see places to discover, a real underground city used during the war. The Victory Monument with its 73 steps or the multifaceted Notre Dame de Verdun Cathedral are worth a visit.
The Meuse also has several castles, such as Hattonchâtel dating from the 9th century or the château de Stanislas in Commercy built in the 18th century, a castle which, it is said, saw the birth of the recipe for madeleines in its kitchens.
The village of Montmédy, near Luxembourg and Belgium, contains a citadel built in 1545. Perched, this one offers an impressive viewpoint. It also contains the Bastien Lepage Museum and the "musée des fortifications".
Bar Le Duc, a city of arts and history, makes it pleasant, with its beautiful streets, its square of Neuf Castel or its Barrois museum to walk around and discover the place. The place Saint-Pierre is to be seen for its private mansions, as well as the Saint-Etienne church located in the Upper Town.
On the natural side of things, the Meuse can also offer cosy moments to enjoy, particularly with its Argonne Massif or its Madine Lake, a lake stretching over 1000 hectares. Lake Madine offers many water sports activities such as sailing, fishing, as well as beautiful walks along its 42km of shoreline and on its 20km of developed circuit.
Finally, the Lorraine Natural Park is the ideal place for cycling (with 22 dedicated circuits), hiking (18 paths for family walks) as well as for many water sports or climbing.
With its humid continental climate, the department of Meuse is worth a visit around the months of July, August and September.
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!