Lorraine Regional Natural Park

Lorraine Regional Natural Park (French: Parc naturel régional de Lorraine) is a protected area of pastoral countryside in the Grand Est region of northeastern France. The park covers a total area of 205,000 hectares (510,000 acres).[1] The parkland spreads between the cities of Metz and Nancy and spans three departments.[2]

Ancient ruins and modern monuments are common throughout the area.[2] The land was officially designated a regional natural park in 1974.[1]

F54 Prény château
Ruins of the Château de Prény, original castle of the Dukes of Lorraine
Lorraine Regional Natural Park
La côte de Meuse depuis la butte de Montsec
LocationGrand Est, Meuse
Moselle, France
Coordinates48°53′23″N 6°02′39″E / 48.88967°N 6.04428°ECoordinates: 48°53′23″N 6°02′39″E / 48.88967°N 6.04428°E
Governing bodyFédération des parcs naturels régionaux de France

Member communes

There are 193 communes within the parkland boundaries.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ a b IUCN Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas (November 1990). 1990 United Nations list of national parks and protected areas. IUCN. p. 89. ISBN 978-2-8317-0032-8. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b Bailey, Rosemary (2007). National Geographic Traveler: France. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. pp. 124–132. ISBN 978-1-4262-0027-4. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Liste des 193 communes adhérentes du Parc" (in French). Parc naturel régional de Lorraine. 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Informations sur les villes, villages et mairies" (in French). Annuaire-mairie.fr. 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.

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Château de Romécourt

The Château de Romécourt is located in Azoudange in Moselle, and in the Lorraine Regional Natural Park (French: parc naturel régional de Lorraine) in the middle of the forest and the lakes of Sarrebourg. The castle has been registered in the French list of historical monuments since December 28, 1976.


Dampvitoux is a commune in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in north-eastern France.


Metz (French pronunciation: [mɛs] (listen), Lorraine Franconian pronunciation: [mɛts]) is a city in northeast France located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers. Metz is the prefecture of the Moselle department and the seat of the parliament of the Grand Est region. Located near the tripoint along the junction of France, Germany, and Luxembourg, the city forms a central place of the European Greater Region and the SaarLorLux euroregion.Metz has a rich 3,000-year-history, having variously been a Celtic oppidum, an important Gallo-Roman city, the Merovingian capital of Austrasia, the birthplace of the Carolingian dynasty, a cradle of the Gregorian chant, and one of the oldest republics in Europe. The city has been steeped in Romance culture, but has been strongly influenced by Germanic culture due to its location and history.Because of its historical, cultural, and architectural background, Metz has been submitted on France's UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. The city features noteworthy buildings such as the Gothic Saint-Stephen Cathedral with its largest expanse of stained-glass windows in the world, the Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains being the oldest church in France, its Imperial Station Palace displaying the apartment of the German Kaiser, or its Opera House, the oldest one working in France. Metz is home to some world-class venues including the Arsenal Concert Hall and the Centre Pompidou-Metz museum.

A basin of urban ecology, Metz gained its nickname of The Green City (French: La Ville Verte), as it has extensive open grounds and public gardens. The historic city centre is one of the largest commercial pedestrian areas in France.A historic garrison town, Metz is the economic heart of the Lorraine region, specialising in information technology and automotive industries. Metz is home to the University of Lorraine, Georgia Tech Lorraine, and a centre for applied research and development in the materials sector, notably in metallurgy and metallography, the heritage of the Lorraine region's past in the iron and steel industry.


Meurthe-et-Moselle (French pronunciation: [mœʁt e mɔzɛl] (listen)) is a department in the Grand Est region of France, named after the Meurthe and Moselle rivers.

Meuse (department)

Meuse (French pronunciation: ​[møz]) is a department in northeast France, named after the River Meuse. Meuse is part of the current region of Grand Est and is surrounded by the French departments of Ardennes, Marne, Haute-Marne, Vosges, Meurthe-et-Moselle, and has a short border with Belgium on the north. Parts of Meuse belong to Parc naturel régional de Lorraine. Front lines in trench warfare during World War I ran varying courses through the department and it hosted an important battle/offensive in 1916 in and around Verdun.

Seille (Moselle)

The Seille (French pronunciation: ​[la sɛj]) (German: Selle) is a river in north-eastern France. It is a right tributary of the Moselle. It is also known as the Seille lorraine or the Grande Seille ("large Seille"), to distinguish it from another Seille, a small tributary of the Saône.

It originates near Azoudange, in the department of Moselle. Leaving the Lindre lake, it skirts the town of Dieuze, and traverses Vic-sur-Seille and Nomeny, before flowing into the Moselle at Metz. It is 135 km long, and has a basin area of 1348 km². Most of its length is in the department of Moselle, except for the part between Aulnois-sur-Seille and Cheminot, which is in Meurthe-et-Moselle. The Seille also forms the border between Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle from Chambrey to Aulnois-sur-Seille.


Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles can also occur all over the plant – on the stem and on the flat parts of the leaves. These prickles are an adaptation that protects the plant from being eaten by herbivores. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape similar to a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle's flowerheads.

The term thistle is sometimes taken to mean precisely those plants in the tribe Cardueae (synonym: Cynareae), especially the genera Carduus, Cirsium, and Onopordum. However, plants outside this tribe are sometimes called thistles, and when this is done, "thistles" would form a polyphyletic group.

A thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland and Lorraine, as well as the emblem of the Encyclopædia Britannica.


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