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A long family weekend in the Vosges du Sud

A long family weekend in the Vosges du Sud

  • Weekends
  • Nature & Discovery

A three-day family weekend in the Vosges awaits. The route, from Thann to Lake Gerardmer, leads you along the Route des Crêtes, created during the Great War to ensure north-South communications between the different valleys. Hilly landscapes, waterfalls, forests, prepare for complete immersion in the heart of Vosges nature.

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Thann Gérardmer

Day 1 - Thann - Orbey

Your tour begins in Thann, the starting point of the Route des Vins. After visiting the town and the Collégiale Saint-Thiébaut, you can explore one of the many discovery trails through the vineyards or the GR 5, which crosses through the town.
Leave Thann by following the Route Joffre to reach the Ballon d’Alsace (visit the tourist office at Col du Ballon for further information). You can then eat in St-Maurice-sur-Moselle.
On the way, stop at Husseren-Wesserling to visit the Textile EcoMuseum and the four gardens of Parc de Wesserling.

 

Next, head to Cernay to reach the Route des Crêtes that alternates the crossing of forests with glorious panoramas.
Don’t miss: a visit to the Franco-German memorial Hartmannswillerkopf (or Vieil-Armand), which commemorates one of the most iconic battles of the First World War, as well as a walk to the Grand Ballon, the highest point in Vosges (1,424 m). From Col de la Schlucht, head towards Munster then Orbey for your stop over.

MyTripTailor Tip: Head up the unusual Œil de la Sorcière (Eye of the Sorceress), to delight your children.

  • Distance : 110 km
  • Duration : 2h21

Day 2 - Orbey - Saint Dié des Vosges

Departing Orbey on the second day, head to Col du Bonhomme from the D 415 and continue north. At Col des Bagenelles, head towards the Brézouard with its extensive panorama (the walk is a 45 minute round trip).
Retrace your steps to follow the Vallée de la Liépvrette. In La Tellure, a visit to the Underground Worlds Exploration Centre is a good introduction to the Ste-Marie-aux-Mines.
Head to Saint-Die-des-Vosges where you will stay overnight.
Upon your arrival, you can admire the cathedral and its Gothic cloister before going to the restaurant.

MyTripTailor Advice: In Saint-die, a visit of the Pierre-Noël museum should follow your trip to the cathedral: You can then see the connections between the modern glass of the cathedral and the collection of works by Bazaine, Manessier… at the museum.

  • Distance : 59 km
  • Duration : 1h28

Day 3 - Saint Dié des Vosges - Gérardmer

Before heading back to your last destination, Gérardmer, take time out to visit the city centre of Saint-die and the Pierre Noël Museum, which dedicates nine sections to history, nature and culture in all its forms.
7.5km north-west of St-die, via N 59, the Celtic camp of La Bure is an hour’s walk. This archaeological site has traces of human occupation dating back to 2,000 years B.C.
Upon arriving in Gérardmer, head straight for the lake, the largest in Vosges. You should then explore the surroundings so as not to miss the waterfalls of Saut des Cuves and Tendon or the morainic flow of Granges-sur-Vologne.

MyTripTailor Advice: Visit the Lorraine Fauna Museum to learn all about the region’s animals.

  • Distance : 30 km
  • Duration : 0h36

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