Lac de la Madine, Lorraine, France

Lac de la Madine, Lorraine, France
Lac de la Madine, Lorraine, France

Located at the foot of the Côtes de Meuse and right in the middle of the Lorraine regional nature reserve, the Madine lake is a beautiful 11,000-hectare stretch of water, 250 hectares of forest and 42 kilometres of banks and shores.

Just two hours away from Luxembourg City by car, this region is the perfect location for a relaxing weekend getaway. Get ready to discover rural France with small villages and picturesque landscapes, with organic food and local wine and better, make sure that you try ”l’eau de vie de mirabelle”, the traditional brandy made of the mirabelle plum, a very representative fruit for the region.

If you are into birdwatching, the Madine lake offers you the chance to discover many species, especially in the two migration seasons.

While it was already November, the weather was very nice, which is why we chose to go for a walk and explore the surroundings. After a long stroll by the lake, we were lucky to witness a beautiful sunset.

I strongly recommend you to visit this area, which also abounds in history. Lorraine’s Meuse department incorporates the town of Verdun, where many World War I battles took place. In fact, a few kilometers away from the Madine river, lies on the Montsec hill ”La Butte de Montsec”, an American monument overlooking the lake, aimed at honouring the American soldiers who fought on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918.

You can find a lot of information on the region and the lake here.

Swans on the  Madine lake
Swans on the Madine lake
Swans on the  Madine lake
Swans on the Madine lake
Weekend trip to the Madine lake in France
Weekend trip to the Madine lake in France
Watching the birds like pros do
Watching the birds like pros do
Little trains are available for tourists who want to explore the area but don't like walking
Little trains are available for tourists who want to explore the area but don’t like walking
Lac de la Madine in Lorraine, France
Lac de la Madine in Lorraine, France
Stunning view over the lake
Stunning view over the lake
Beautiful sceneries
Beautiful sceneries

Lac de la Madine, Lorraine, France

Sunset by the Madine Lake in France
Sunset by the Madine Lake in France

Fishing boats on the Madine lake

Beautiful sunset by the lake
Beautiful sunset by the lake

Sunset by the Madine lake in France

Sunset on the 1st of November 2014 on the Madine Lake in France
Sunset on the 1st of November 2014 on the Madine Lake in France
La Butte de Montsec, an American monument honouring American soldiers who fought in World War I
La Butte de Montsec, an American monument honouring American soldiers who fought in World War I

Butte de Montsec

Photos:© Roxana Mironescu, 1 November 2014

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