Ducal Bar

Regional Overview

Imperial Royalty

The Duchy of Bar straddled two different political worlds. They were functionally autonomous for centuries as a voting member of the Imperial Reichstag and a Royal Fief of the French Crown. We owe most of what we see today to the Bishops of Verdun and the prolific Dukes of Lorraine, who filled the region with castles and palaces.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • Pastoral Landscapes dotted with small villages of yellow sandstone houses
  • Monuments to the authority of the Dukes of Lorraine
  • Battlefields of the First World War
  • The many fortresses from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries that cover the region




My suggested travel destinations with the top three destinations highlighted.

What is the Barrois Ducal?

Traveling through the ancient Duchy of Bar reveals a landscape scarred by the horrors of war. Lines of trenches and fortresses mar the landscape throughout the region. This heritage goes back to the 18th century, with the fortified cities and castles along the northern border. However, the historical heritage of the ancient duchy is limited to only a handful of destinations. As a road trip, a tour of Barrois may be the best approach, as you can experience the cultural landscape of the rolling hills and forests with only brief stops along the way.

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My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

5.5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 6
  • Transportation: 4
  • Volume/Capacity: 8
  • Infrastructure: 5
  • Interactivity: 5

6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 8
  • Monuments: 5
  • Quality: 4

6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 8
  • Tradition: 4



A borderland where France meets Germany

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