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Owner and Grand Chef Relais & Château of Arnsbourg-Hôtel K
My Route du Bonheur… between Alsace and Lorraine

Jean-Georges Klein is a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, who has been awarded three Guide Michelin stars.

While I was born in Alsace, I’ve almost always lived in Lorraine. It’s here, not far from the forestry workers’ house where my grandmother prepared meals for lumberjacks, that I caught my first fish, discovered the world. I wanted to study fine arts, but I pursued hotel management studies. However, it was only when I was 39 that I left the family restaurant hall to take over control of the kitchen. This late vocation only made the experience stronger. Since then, I try to entice people to this region that has given me so much joy. The tour between Alsace and Lorraine evokes the richness and history of regions that are so special in France’s cultural landscape. A discovery trip through landscapes and products that are dear to me…

Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences. Our advisors are at your disposal to individualise your routes and help you make reservations at our properties.
Example for a 5 nights stay from €1233*
* Minimum indicative rate per person, subject to availability, on the basis of a double room with double occupancy, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner (menu, without beverages) in the properties suggested for the itinerary.
Activities on site and nearby must be reserved by you.

My Route du Bonheur
Phase 1 : 1 day, 1 night

Château d’Adoménil

Refinement and simplicity in the intimacy of the Lorraine countryside
Château d’Adoménil
At the gates of Lunéville, Sophie and Cyril Leclerc, the owners of château d’Adoménil, have created in their own image a place that is both discreet and elegant. This couple of very close friends have succeeded in recreating the past of this glorious 18th century château and its splendid chapel. Everything now seems to be in its place. Between beautiful panelling and understated contemporary features, between the soft stretch of the park and the restaurant’s discreet cuisine.

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La place Stanislas, Nancy

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the most beautiful squares in France. Its architecture can be discovered in summer through a splendid sound and light show that reveals the city’s richness and history in about ten tableaux. The façades of the city hall, the Opera, the Fine Arts Museum, Hôtel de la Reine and the Pavillon Jacquet are alternately lit up. For a moment, one becomes a child again...

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Baccarat Glassworks

Another unique place. The first glassmaker authorised to blow glass in Baccarat was Antoine Renault, who got an authorisation from Louis XV in 1764. The crystal glassworks gained in importance and became the Compagnie des Cristalleries in 1881. Today it is simply known as Baccarat. Adjacent to the works, which is still operating, you will find the museum that retraces its history and allows you to discover the various phases in crystal glassmaking. You will also find at the Château d’Adoménil many blown, cut or engraved glass objects from the famous glassworks.

Pigeon breeders, Gugney-aux-Aulx

I share some small addresses with my friend Cyril Leclerc, a Grand Chef at the Château d’Adoménil. These include a breeder of very high quality pigeons we both like to work with. Based at Rue de l’Arte, in the small village of Gugney-aux-Aulx, Thierry Laurent is able to offer tender and pinkish pigeons that we take a malicious pleasure in preparing.

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Phase 2 : 1 day, 1 night

L’Arnsbourg-Hôtel K

The Klein mark of excellence
L’Arnsbourg-Hôtel K
My cuisine results from my meeting with two people: Pierre Gagnaire and Ferran Adría. These two grands chefs made me want to explore the products of my region more intensely, and to seek new blends. In this family-run restaurant, I wanted to encourage love for the nature around us. On her part, my wife Nicole created the hotel, a mixture of wood and glass, to stretch the enjoyment of the meal. She says the hotel, in the image of my cuisine, is contrasted, refined and natural. The statue of a Chinese warrior watches over this place that is inspired by nature, silence and taste. Simply.
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Au Soldat de l’An 2, Phalsbourg

Cuisine to gladden the heart and enrich the soul
Au Soldat de l’An 2, Phalsbourg
In another life, before becoming this grand Chef, Georges Victor Schmitt was a fine art dealer. He decorated his very beautiful house with all his finds. It is to this place, a kind of bridge between Alsace and Lorraine, that we came to celebrate our third star in 2002. At the heart of the old barn, you get to subtly revisit the region’s seasons and products. Game, truffles, morels, asparagus get you closer to this land that resembles us.

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Lalique Museum, Wingen sur Moder

Opened two years ago on the former Hochberg glassworks site, this museum was completely imagined by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. In memory of the remarkable work of René Lalique, the museum mainly underlines glass and crystal objects made on the spot. At the first rays of sunshine, the former works seems to light up. There, you can follow the theme tours extended by interesting hands-on workshops.

Musée Lalique

Royal Palace, Kirrwiller

In the heart of a village of 520 inhabitants has been established the most surprising of cabarets. This warm and cheerful place, which is worthy of the best cabarets in Paris, offers a high-quality show imagined by a former cook, Pierre Meyer. Feather dancers, jugglers, magicians, stuntmen and acrobats take turns on the stage for a completely crazy performance. We’ve been there several times with the entire staff of Arnsbourg-L’Hôtel K. By the way, a former dancer is taking a cookery training course at our restaurant…

Royal Palace

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The inclined boat, Saint-Louis

Since 1969, this engineering structure allows boats to avoid passing through 17 locks built over four kilometres along the Marne au Rhin canal thanks to its surprising 45-metre drop. In the past, it took almost a day on water to cross. The lift lock that you can experience will make you really dizzy. The only two similar structures in the world are in Russia and Belgium.

Le Bateau incliné

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Phase 3 : 1 day, 1 night

Hostellerie La Cheneaudière & Spa

Straight from the heart
Hostellerie La Cheneaudière & Spa
It is at the so-called pré des Cheneaux that the François opened La Cheneaudière in 1974. On the hillside, the imposing house takes advantage of the Vallée de la Bruche in an unspoilt setting. Known for its excellent reception, the hotel has been run by the same family for three generations now. A house where you find marvellous carved wood panelling from the birth house of Pope Callistus II or a new 1,500m2 Spa on which the final touches are being put…

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Haut Koenigsbourg

Drawbridges, fencing hall, dungeon and cannons recall the tumultuous history of this mountain-top fortress. Set at a 757 m altitude on a rocky spur, the château offers breathtaking views. Built in the 11th century, it witnessed, for centuries, conflicts and rivalries between lords, kings and emperors. Its restoration was initiated by William II at the beginning of the 20th century. A fortress and a fairytale château you can explore as a family.

Massenez distillery, Villé

In 1870, Jean-Baptiste Massenez was working as a mere grower-distiller. In 1913, his son Eugène distilled wild raspberry for the very first time. One of his main customers was none other than the Queen of Sweden, who said she treated her diseased lungs with eau-de-vie distilled in Alsace! Massenez is part of the distilleries happily perpetuating the tradition of eaux de vie produced with fruits grown in the backyard and local products, which eaux de vie is drunk responsibly… Since the 1950s, they have been present in major Parisian breweries and on the tables of starred chefs.

Distillerie Massenez

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Phase 4 : 1 day, 1 night

Hostellerie Abbaye de la Pommeraie

Secrets and delights in a Cistercian abbey
Hostellerie Abbaye de la Pommeraie
Located in the heart of the old city of Sélestat, this former Cistercian outbuilding, which has been a military barracks and the abode of a Baron of the Empire, was converted into a splendid hotel. The kindness of the current owners, the Funaros, can only be matched by the beauty of the premises. By the way, this is where I brought Nicole for our first week-end. The establishment has two restaurants: Le Prieuré offers refined cuisine, while the Apfelstuebel serves up local fare in the worthy tradition of Winstubs.

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The humanist library, Sélestat

Listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, this library located since 1889 in a former wheat hall, has some 700 medieval volumes. It contains works from the former Latin School of Sélestat, the cradle of Rhenan humanism, and from the Beatus Rhenanus library. Its unique holdings attract many researchers from all over the world. A permanent exhibition provides the opportunity to discover how the book evolved between the 7th and the 16th century.

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Phase 5 : 1 day, 1 night

Bas Rupts et Chalet Fleuri

Your four seasons in the mountains
Bas Rupts et Chalet Fleuri
From father to daughter, this will soon be the sixth generation of the Philippe family to run this large lakeside chalet. The blond wood, paintings and club armchairs make the place warm and restful. In winter, routes stretch right down to the hotel door. You can pursue the pleasure of skiing by spending some time at the indoor swimming pool, the sauna or hammam. In summer, routes become hiking trails.

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Daffodil fields, Gérardmer

When she was a child, my wife used to come with her entire family to the Gérardmer hillsides to pick daffodils. Every spring, on the route around the the town, there always is a continuous parade of cars filled with yellow flowers. Since 1935, the town and its inhabitants are entirely focused on the famous flower with the organisation a flower festival comprising the Corso fleuri parade, floats, and the election of the Queen of Daffodils…

Gérardmer

Gérardmer Lake

This glacial lake is located at an altitude of 666 metres. A trail has been developed around it over nearly six kilometres. The path is lined with signs providing explanations on the formation of the lake, the fauna and local flora. The footbridge of the nautical base and the site known as Lido offers really splendid views. In summer, the lake attracts swimmers and enthusiasts of boating activities. Fishing enthusiasts on their part will meet on the fishing estate of the Vallée des Lacs.

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