In the foothills of the Vosges, Épinal is a historic town noted for its printing pedigree: There are workshops here that mass produced colourful woodcut and lithographic prints for hundreds of years. You’ll have a rare chance to see these old techniques in action at the Imagerie d’Épinal and browse a huge library of prints at the Musée de l’Image.
Old Épinal is made to be seen on foot, with arcaded squares, old defensive walls, and the striking ruins of a medieval castle at the top of the town. For days out, the Vosges Regional Park is 20 minutes by road, and the action-packed Fraispertuis-City theme park will make a kid’s entire holiday.
Lets explore the best things to do in Épinal:
1. Parc du Château d’Épinal
On a rise by the right bank of the Moselle are the ruins of Épinal’s castle, dominating the town and valley.
The fortress was built in the 1200s by the Bishop of Metz, and was both an imposing fortress and a stately residence.
But after a turbulent period in the 17th century it was razed in 1670 by Louis XIV’s troops and left as the spectacular ruin that greets us now.
The park around it is a delight and offers 25 hectares of gardens, a vineyard, playgrounds for kids, an animal park and a decorative Chinese tower built in 1804.