Departments: Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle and Vosges
Located in the north east of France and bordering Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, the Lorraine region has been fought over by Germany and France for centuries. Part of Lorraine was German until the First World War and was annexed along with Alsace during the Second World War. Despite being an industrial region, famous for its glass and crystal making, it is largely unspoilt, with hills, lakes and medieval towns. The Vosges mountains to the south are popular for climbing, hiking, skiing and mountain biking. The German influence can be found in the local beer and cuisine and Quiche Lorraine originates here. The regional capital is Metz. The climate is similar to that of the UK.