Check out the canal boaties - beer in hand
YOU with the beer in hand : not the blokes on the boats!!
There is a very interesting lock right in the middle of Saverne. During the Season, scores of boats pass through the lock each day. Enterprising restaurateurs have set up an outdoor dining area under canvas beside the lock across from the main building: Restaurant De La Marne.
(Open everyday from 11h45 to 14H15 & from 18H30 to 22H00. For reservations, contact Karine & Charlot. Tél. : 03 88 91 19 18)
What better way to check out these water-borne entertainers than to enjoy a libation - a meal even while you watch. I've never done so myself having been the watched rather than the watcher so can not comment on the service only the location - location - location.
It's a deep lock and has some innovating features to conserve water. ....further exploration will discover them.
The 'Roseraie de Saverne' is one of the most beautiful rose gardens that I ever saw. About 1500 different species. This rose garden is the 4th largest in France.
On the photo a Chinese variety with amazing thorns!
The marina is located opposite of the Rohan Castle and its garden. You can hire boats there and if you are on your way with a houseboat you can get electricity and water here. For staying at the marina overnight, you have to pay 8,50 € and additionally 15 Cent per person; either you go to the "Capitainerie" or you wait until someone will come to get the money.
There's plenty of space for boats, and you have a fantastic view on the castle from there.
This castle was built in 16th century on some huge rocks on a about 400 m high mountain. It's a nice castle (with no admission!) and you have a good view on the landscape from there if you climb up the "tower". There's also a small chapel, and a restaurant.
Saverne has a beautiful old town with small streets and several half-timbered houses from the 16th and 17th century. You'll find a nice pedestrian area next to the canal and the lock, where you can see lots of these old houses.
The Rohan palace was build 1790 and is an impressive building with its 140m long facade to the park. It's situated at the Rhine-Marne-Canal, opposite to the marina. Our boat was lying with direct view to the castle, that was great! I have no idea if it's possible to visit it from inside, we didn't try as we had only a short stay in Saverne.
This house is a fine example of Alsatian building. It was constructed in 1605 and mentioned in all the guides (as well as postcards!).