How can you resist visiting a town called Bitche, France? We took a quick day trip to the Grand Est Region from Kaiserslautern, Germany!
K-Town Germany Day Trip: Know Before You Go
As an American living in Germany, I have a couple recommendations for you before you visit Bitche.
First, bring your tourist passport! It may just be a quick drive over the border, but you still need it. Just because there aren’t check points at the border, that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter one later in your day.
Second, make sure you have enough space in your car for wine! You’ll be tempted by the varieties offered at Lidl and other specialty shops.
Grand Est Region
Grand Est consists of the former regions Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, and Lorraine. And as you may notice when you enter France, it’s a crossroads of cultures. The region shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland.
Bitche, France is an easy drive from K-Town, Germany, but other notable destinations in Grand Est Region include Strasbourg, the WWI Verdun battlefields, and the Champagne wine cellars!
Citadelle de Bitche
The Citadel dates back to the 13th century, and became a historical monument in 1979. Its location made it strategic for both the French and the Holy Roman Empire, but after World War II, it finally ended up in France.
Today, you can take a tour of the Citadelle de Bitche and enjoy the fantastic view from the hill!
FAQS about Bitche, France
Have more questions about visiting Bitche? Check out the most common questions below, or ask your own in the comments!
How far is Bitche France from K-Town Germany?
The drive from Kaiserslautern to Bitche is just over an hour (70 kilometers). No need for a vignette – just cross the border! (And don’t forget your tourist passport.)
Is Bitche, France in the Grand Est Region?
Yes, although it was part of Germany during the late 19th century until after WWI.
What is there to do in Bitche France?
The Citadel is the main historic attraction, but nearby you can stroll through the “Garden of Peace” on a nice day. Shop for wine and enjoy some pastries while you’re in town! And if you have a designated driver, sit down and have a few glasses (or bottles) while you’re there.
Day Trips in Germany from Kaiserslautern
When else in your life will you be able to say “Hey honey, do you want to take a day trip to Bitche, France today?” Treat yourself to an afternoon in a new city!