Lorraine Regional Natural Park

Lorraine Regional Natural Park (French: Parc naturel régional de Lorraine) is a protected area of pastoral countryside in the Grand Est region of northeastern France. The park covers a total area of 205,000 hectares (510,000 acres).[1] The parkland spreads between the cities of Metz and Nancy and spans three departments.[2]

Lorraine Regional Natural Park
La côte de Meuse depuis la butte de Montsec.JPG
LocationGrand Est, Meuse
Moselle, France
Coordinates48°53′23″N 6°02′39″E / 48.88967°N 6.04428°E / 48.88967; 6.04428Coordinates: 48°53′23″N 6°02′39″E / 48.88967°N 6.04428°E / 48.88967; 6.04428
Governing bodyFédération des parcs naturels régionaux de France

Ancient ruins and modern monuments are common throughout the area.[2] The land was officially designated a regional natural park in 1974.[1]

Ruins of the Château de Prény, original castle of the Dukes of Lorraine

Member communesEdit

There are 193 communes within the parkland boundaries.[3][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b IUCN Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas (November 1990). 1990 United Nations list of national parks and protected areas. IUCN. p. 89. ISBN 978-2-8317-0032-8. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b Bailey, Rosemary (2007). National Geographic Traveler: France. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. pp. 124–132. ISBN 978-1-4262-0027-4. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Liste des 193 communes adhérentes du Parc" (in French). Parc naturel régional de Lorraine. 2011. Archived from the original on 8 December 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Informations sur les villes, villages et mairies" (in French). Annuaire-mairie.fr. 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.

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