Regional Overview

Lothair’s Realm

Lorraine originated as the realm of Emperor Lothair I, who inherited Middle-Francia from Charlemagne. Though always part of the French cultural sphere, the Holy Roman Empire guaranteed its independence for centuries. This independence characterizes much of what we see today, from its regional cooking to its elaborate baroque cityscapes.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • Gothic cathedrals that embrace and reject the styles of the French court, e.g., Metz, Toul, and Saint-Nicolas-de-Port
  • The Baroque cities and symbols of independent rule, e.g., Nancy, Lunéville
  • 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 Lorraine?

For visitors, Lorraine is a region filled with Baroque monuments alluding to the pseudo-independence the territory enjoyed for centuries. Nancy, in particular, demonstrates the wealth and the prestige of the Ducal regime under the Habsburg and Polish dynasties. Metz and Tours allow for a trip back to medieval Lorraine, which was at the center of a European struggle for dominance.

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My Subjective Travel Rankings

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

7.4 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 7
  • Transportation: 7
  • Volume/Capacity: 9
  • Infrastructure: 8
  • Interactivity: 6

9 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 7
  • Monuments: 10
  • Quality: 10

7.5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 7
  • Tradition: 8



A borderland where France meets Germany

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