The Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park
Covering some 80,000 hectares (56 communes), the Park is a haven of natural beauty with a wealth of breathtaking riches. It is a mosaic of varying landscapes, including:
the Aube Valley and the Côte des Bar region, with their dramatic, hilly landscapes
the chalk grasslands of Champagne, with undulating farmland as far as the eye can see
the wetlands of Champagne, with dense forests, three vast lakes (5,000 hectares of water) and numerous smaller ponds.
The park is home to a vast array of cultural sites (Museum of Napoleon, Forêt d'Orient Ecomuseum, Dosches Windmill, etc.), trips and excursions (boat trips, miniature tourist train, nature walks, etc.), markets, small communes with their own local heritage (churches, market halls, wash-houses, etc.) and plenty of other surprises and hidden gems.
The Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park is place with a different pace of life in the great outdoors.
The windmill was rebuilt in 2007 using original (18th-century) techniques. It stands in stunning surroundings at the very heart of the Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park. It is a pivot-based wooden windmill – the very oldest type of its genre.
Andra: Aube Storage Centre
The National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (Andra) operates the Aube Storage Centre (CSA) and the Industrial Pooling, Warehousing and Storage Centre (Cires).
The site features an information space, including a permanent educational exhibition and events. The space is open to the public on weekdays, between 8:30 am and 12:00 noon, and between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm.
Members of the public can also take free tours of the centres, all year round, from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Prior booking is required.
Tél. 0800 31 41 51
The Aube Storage Centre (CSA), Soulaines-Dhuys:
The Aube Storage Centre was opened in January 1992 and is located within the communes of Soulaines-Dhuys, Epothémont and Ville-aux-Bois. It stores all low-level and medium-level radioactive waste produced in France, primarily from the country’s nuclear power stations.
The Industrial Pooling, Warehousing and Storage Centre (Cires), Morvilliers:
The Industrial Pooling, Warehousing and Storage Centre was opened in 2003 and is located within the communes of Morvilliers and La Chaise. Originally, the site was used to store very-low-level waste. In 2012, the site also became a pooling and warehousing facility for non-electronuclear waste.
Created by the French law of 30th December 1991, the National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (Andra) manages all radioactive waste produced in France, with the aim of protecting people and the environment from the effects of radiation. Andra is a State-owned industrial and commercial company under the direct authority of the French Ministries for Industry, Research and the Environment.
The CSA may be accessed from the D400, and the Cires from the D960.
Brienne-le-Château and its timber-framed churches :
Brienne-le-Château is most famous for its association with Napoleon Bonaparte, who completed his military studies at the château. However, it is also know for being France’s second-biggest producer of sauerkraut after the Bas-Rhin département, accounting for some 30% of total national production. The town holds an extremely popular sauerkraut fair on the third weekend of September each year.
This north-eastern section of the Aube département also boasts a particular feature that is popular with tourists and architecture lovers alike – the famous 16th century timber-framed churches, with a dedicated circuit for those who want to admire their majesty.