Discovering the Lac du Der !

  • The Etangs of Outines et Arrigny - Haute Marne

    The Etangs of Outines et Arrigny - Haute Marne

    © collection Lac du Der - photos Pascal Bourguignon

  • The Abbey church of Montier en Der - Haute Marne

    The Abbey church of Montier en Der - Haute Marne

    © collection Lac du Der - photos Pascal Bourguignon

  • The castle of Cirey sur Blaise

    The castle of Cirey sur Blaise

    © collection Lac du Der - photos Pascal Bourguignon

  • Half timbered church at Outines - Lac du Der - Haute Marne

    Half timbered church at Outines - Lac du Der - Haute Marne

    © collection Lac du Der - photos Pascal Bourguignon

  • The Paradis of Sommevoire - Lac du Der

    The Paradis of Sommevoire - Lac du Der

    © collection Lac du Der - photos Pascal Bourguignon

  • The  Paradis of Sommevoire - Lac du Der

    The Paradis of Sommevoire - Lac du Der

    © collection Lac du Der - photos Pascal Bourguignon

  • Metallurgic park -  Lac du Der

    Metallurgic park - Lac du Der

    © collection Lac du Der - photos Pascal Bourguignon

  • Museum of Pays du Der - Haute Marne

    Museum of Pays du Der - Haute Marne

    © collection Lac du Der - photos Pascal Bourguignon

  • Cycling - Lac du Der

    Cycling - Lac du Der

    © collection Lac du Der - photos Pascal Bourguignon

Discovering the Lac du Der ! 52 le lac du der fr

The Etangs d’Outines and Arrigny

Protected and classified as a national game and fauna reserve, the lakes have exceptional wildlife including many migratory birds but also Highland Cattel cows and horses.

Discovery of the lake, the paradise for birds   

200 species of birds come each year to the Lac du Der. Regulars or passing by, these birds can be observed in both summer and winter by bird watchers. The iconic species of the lake is the grey crane.

Route of half-timbered churches and stained glass of the sixteenth century

Area of water and clay, the architectural heritage of the Pays du Der is unique in France. The scarcity of building stones led the craftsmen of the time to find another method of construction: combining clay with oak, very present in the region.
The technique of half timbering was born. Many buildings were then developed using this architecture.

Museum of the Pays du Der in Ste Marie du Lac Nuisement

A few steps from the north shore of the lake, in green and calm surroundings, the Museum of the Pays du Der invites you to discover the incredible story of lost villages. The showing of a film will tell you about the birth of the lake and "obliged" disappearance of some villages when the lake was flooded with water.

The Abbey church of Montier en Der and its stud

Its history goes back to the 7th century, when the monk Berchaire established a monastery in the forest of Der. Since then, there is still a church, and a remarkable National Stud was built on the site of the ancient monastery. Equestrian centre of excellence, the Stud is home to one of the French breeds of shire horses: the Ardennes shire horse.

St Dizier and Hector Guimard

Saint-Dizier is the largest city of the department of the Haute-Marne. Crossed by history, enveloped by nature, the flower-filled city is rich in its metallurgical history and artistic cast iron with Art Nouveau creations of Hector Guimard who chose the St Dizier foundries to cast his creations.

The Vallée de la Blaise

  • Château of Cirey sur Blaise
    Located in the valley of Blaise, this chateau, a listed building, private and lived in, owes its fame to the famous writer Voltaire, who stayed there from 1734 to 1749.
  •  Colombey les Deux Eglises
    The Charles de Gaulle memorial to discover the life and work of the General, the whole history of the twentieth century through modern and interactive scenery. This is a Charles de Gaulle who was both famous and unknown on scene, the hero of the Second World War and the founder of the Fifth Republic – and the private man.
  • Metallurgic Park in Dommartin le Franc
    Metallurgy is integral to the history of the region. The brand new Metallurgy Park invites you to explore of the odyssey of iron and men through the different facets of metallurgy.

The Paradis de Sommevoire – Haute Marne

It brings together a unique collection of plaster cast models from the art foundry in Sommevoire. The name "Paradise" was used by workers in the 19th century due to the large number of statues of saints.

The Route du Champagne

Coming to the Lac du Der is also enjoying the champagne wine culture. The Champagne route is a unique opportunity to discover the secrets of the wine of kings.

Vitry le François

Linked to the Lac du Der by a cycle route, Vitry le Francois, a flower-filled town, is just outside of the Champagne vineyards. Francois I founded the city in 1545 by giving it his name and arms: a salamander.

Nautical pleasures

Coming to the Lac du Der is also enjoying all the advantages this natural aquatic space offers. Swimming with 6 landscaped beaches for all ages but also boat rides or motorboat races, not to mention the unavoidable fishing contests.

Hiking

Whether it is hiking, mountain biking or cycling, there are many ways to discover the Lac du Der country. With the family or between friends, the Lac du Der offers 250 km of marked trails and 100 km of greenways for a nature walk whilst enjoying the heritage of half-timbered Der.

Things to see