Epinal is a picturesque town set on the River Moselle and crowned by a medieval chateau. Stroll around the atmospheric historic quarter, enjoy a boat ride along the river and discover the town’s colourful printmaking heritage.
Things to do in Épinal
The historic quarter stretches along the right bank of the Moselle and will charm you with its centuries-old buildings painted in a rainbow of pastels. Arcaded townhouses frame the beautiful Place des Vosges. Cafes are tucked under the arcades and are the perfect place to enjoy coffee and croissants.
Walk up to Chateau d’Epinal and enjoy sweeping views over the town and surrounding countryside. The grass-covered castle ruins are set in a picturesque park laced with family-friendly trails. Wander through the fruit orchards and meet friendly farm animals in the miniature petting zoo.
Rent an electric boat and enjoy a scenic cruise along the River Moselle. Before long, you’ll be out of the town centre and watching the postcard-perfect countryside roll by. Bikes are a fantastic way to explore the scenic towpath that skirts the Moselle.
Learn about the town’s colourful printing heritage at the Musée de l'Image. See antique printing machinery and admire works from throughout the centuries, from historic lithographs to contemporary comics. The museum is next to one of the town’s oldest printing workshops, which has been operating since the 18th century.
From wild boar stew to pork sausage, Epinal is a great place to try dishes from Grand Est. The region is famous for “cuisine du terroir” which combines traditional French cooking techniques with high-quality ingredients. Pair your meal with aromatic Riesling from the nearby Alsace wine region.
Getting around Épinal
Epinal is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is in Grand Est, a 4.5-hour drive from Paris and three hours by train. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a 4.5-hour drive away.