From balloon-shaped valleys, passing through thirty or so pretty lakes, linked by panoramic roads, astonishment and diversity can be appreciated at every turn. So much so, that you will have to come back several times to get the measure of it. From the mountainous part, 14 peaks over 1,000 metres high emerge, culminating in the Grand Ballon (1,424 m). About twenty ski resorts offer you activities and entertainment in summer and winter.
Immense forests cover more than half of the Vosges massif, particularly on the western slopes bordering the Lorraine plateau. This is the kingdom of pines and firs, but also of many venerable trees, home to the lynx, chamois, capercaillie and an abundance of wildlife. An alternation of quiet valleys, springs, waterfalls and singing torrents enliven the massif. A constellation of parks and theme gardens add their colours. Two regional nature parks ensure the protection of these exceptional places: Vosges du Nord and Ballons des Vosges.
Half-timbering and exceptional heritage
From the German border to the gates of Colmar and Belfort, the main tourist towns in the Vosges mountains are Thann, Munster, Saverne, Gérardmer, Guebwiller, La Bresse, Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé, Remiremont, Wissembourg, La Petite-Pierre, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. While castles and military forts occupy the heights, magnificent flowery and historic villages flourish below. A colourful festival organised around prestigious religious buildings, often built of sandstone.
The arts of fire are perpetuated around glass, crystal, earthenware and pottery. The Vosges mountains preserve the great tradition of embroidery, textile weaving and fabric printing. Do not forget the talent of the craftsmen, turned towards wood, iron, paper, to be admired in many ecomuseums.
Emblematic wines and cheeses
In the Vosges massif, the vines are concentrated on the eastern side, on the steepest foothills that dominate the Alsace plain, with dozens of excellent appellations. To be explored on the famous Alsace Wine Route. The generosity of the grass and the flora of the pastures also makes it possible to produce tasty cheeses. Share the conviviality of the farm inns of the Vosges Massif, with tasting of soups, cold meats, fish from the rivers, accompanied by berries, fruits, wines, beers, liqueurs, brandies, mineral springs of the best vintage. Not forgetting the great festive and folklore traditions in the valleys. Before leaving you can recharge your batteries at the lakeside, under the fir trees, in the expanse of the high stubble fields, or in a green resort.
More than 18,000 km of trails criss-cross the smallest plots of land in the Vosges massif. This offer of relaxation is completed by the cycling circuits on paths and small quiet roads, aimed at families as well as lovers of difficulties and thrills...
Campsites in the Vosges Massif
As there is no shortage of addresses on the slopes or in the valleys, we suggest you stay at the Oasis *** campsite in Oberbronn (Bas-Rhin), with nearly 250 pitches and rentals. It is located in the heart of the Northern Vosges, north-west of Haguenau near Niederbronn-les-Bains. Open from March to the beginning of November with a swimming pool and wellness complex.
All year round, in the Vosges, close to Gérardmer, the 200 pitches and rentals of the Domaine de Longemer campsite ****, in Xonrupt-Longemer, nestle on the edge of a superb lake at 750 m altitude. With also a swimming pool and fitness area.
To the south of the Ballon d'Alsace, the Lac de la Seigneurie *** campsite at Lachapelle-sous-Rougemont (Territoire de Belfort) is located on the edge of the forest and close to the Doller valley. From April to October, enjoy water relaxation and sports activities.