Travel Guide Vosges

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The Vosges is a popular destination that is easy to discover. Full of attractions, the mountain region invites you to recharge your batteries and take a deep breath. Immerse yourself in the heart of the magnificent natural landscape and discover the extraordinary fauna on a hike. Let your natural and cultural adventure in the Vosges Mountains begin!
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An exceptional heritage

A paradise for lovers of art, history, architecture, traditions, customs and legends, the Vosges is a land of contrasts and diverse influences. Discover this pluralistic heritage by exploring the region!

Wherever you are, you will immerse yourself in the history of the Vosges; castles as well as religious and memorial sites offer a compelling journey through time.

As a land of culture, the Vosges also has more than a hundred museums and numerous places to visit such as glass factories, mines and hydraulic sawmills.

Meet people who tell the story of these traditional professions that have survived through the ages. Marvel at their productions that can be described as true works of art.

A thousand opportunities to discover the Vosges

The Vosges, located in the east of France, make nature lovers dream: The landscape is characterized by peat bogs, glacial boilers, exceptional fauna and shady forests.

The warm-hearted and friendly inhabitants of the Vosges pass on their love of the mountains to all guests in search of authenticity.

For those who love the thrill, the Vosges offer a wide range of activities: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, paragliding and hang-gliding, climbing, horse riding, golf... The Vosges are also a paradise for walkers and cyclists with a multitude of marked trails.

Let yourself be surprised by the dazzling colors, the traditional gastronomy, the magnificent wellness offers, the cultural richness and the unique events. The Vosges is a wonderful "four seasons" destination to explore!

Hiking region Vosges

Photo: INFRA – ADT – Massif des Vosges, CC BY

Hiking has a long tradition in the Vosges: more than 20,000 km of marked and maintained trails are now available in the region.

This exceptional network enables hikers to find just the right route. From short themed walks to several days' excursions – alone, with family or with friends.

Explore nature to discover its many riches and expand your own limits!

Photo: D. Lett – ADT

Crossing the Vosges: You must not miss this hike!

By crossing the Vosges, you can enjoy a unique natural experience! Created by the Club Vosgien, this route connects Wissembourg and Belfort and offers 430 km of hiking pleasure.

You will hike over peaks and through the calming atmosphere of the Vosges forests and explore the exceptional landscapes of the regional nature parks "Northern Vosges" and "Balloons of Vosges.“

It is advisable to plan the hike according to your wishes and your level so that the adventure remains a pleasure from start to finish. 19 daily stages from the North to the south of the Vosges Massif wait for the most experienced hikers. You can also choose to hike individual sections, as all stages can be reached by train or bus.

Photo: Massif des Vosges

The first French hiking trail with the certificate "Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe"

This rating system ensures a high quality hiking experience by taking into account the attractiveness of the landscape, the infrastructure and the characteristics of the routes.

It is based on years of practical experience in countries that already use quality criteria as a tool for planning and improving routes.

Volunteers in the service of hikers

The Club Vosgien and its volunteers have been maintaining and marking 20,000 km of hiking trails for more than 140 years and are the leading association for hiking in the Vosges Massif.

The association also publishes maps and hiking guides, which are available in many shops. It also manages huts, refuges and accommodation for walkers.

It cooperates closely with the Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre (French Hiking Federation), which is responsible for a large network of hiking trails on the massif and guarantees the Grande Randonnée ®GR certification of the routes throughout the national territory.

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