Hike around Saverne (7h)

Here is the itinerary for a pretty hike around Saverne, that I did in July with the Club Vosgien. You will be able to admire beautiful castle ruins (the highlight being Haut-Barr Castle) and superb panoramic views over the neighboring summits of the Vosges, as well as over the Alsace plains. The main stops of this hike are: Greifenstein Castle->Saint-Vit Cave->Rappenfels->Stambach->Krappenfels->Brotsch Tower->Petit Geroldseck->Grand Geroldseck->Haut-Barr. The hiking path winds through the forest, regularly opening onto beautiful viewpoints from Greifenstein castle tower, Saint-Vit cave, Brotsch Tower or Haut-Barr. Saint-Vit Cave is an interesting place. In addition to the cave, you can admire a pretty Alpine garden and...

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Visit of the former Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp

In addition of the visit of the former concentration camp, it is also possible to visit a museum that was built in one of the camp barracks, the former gas chamber, a national cemetery, as well as the Europen Center of Deported Resistance (hosting one exhibition). The whole is called Struthof. Needless to say that visiting such a place is extremely sad and touching. You will walk here in the footsteps of people who lived terrible sufferings. The place is very memorable. Atrocities committed at Struthof are in contrast with the beauty of the place, Mont Louise, offering splendid views over the neighboring Vosges....

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Swimming at Kruth-Wildenstein lake, in the Vosges

Summers are often hot in Alsace and we are always longing for a swim. Of course, you can go to a pool, but it’s not very special. Swimming in a lake in Alsace is much more fun! Kruth-Wildenstein lake is an artificial lake located in the Massif des Vosges, more specifically in the Valley of Thann, in the South of Alsace, close to Wesserling park. Swimming is allowed at the own risk of the bathers, as there is no life-guarding. You must be a little bit careful, but the place is really pleasant. It is possible to find a nice stop on the banks of...

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Les confitures du Climont: visit of the workshop and tasting

Les confitures du Climont are artisanal jams made in Alsace, in the Bruche Valley. Fabrice Krencker is at the head of the workshop and has been elected Best Jam Maker in France in 2010 by the Confrérie de la Marmite d’Or. It is well worth a visit and a tasting, isn’t it? The workshop of Confitures de Climont is a bit isolated, but is definitely worth a detour for jam lovers. The scent, when arriving on the parking is already enticing… The jams are made only with sugar and fruits, nothing else. Most fruits are bought in season and then frozen, to be able...

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SlowUp Alsace – By bike and on foot on the Wine Route!

SlowUp Alsace is an event organized in June on the Alsace Wine Route. What is a slowUp? It is a concept created in Switzerland and it is defined as follows: “The recipe for slowUp is simple and convincing: choose about 30 km of roads in an attractive region, close them for the day to all motorized traffic and plan various activities along the route.” The first slowUp in Alsace was organized in 2013 and every year since then. 30 km of roads are closed to cars and open to people by bike and on foot. The route is very beautiful, passing through the famous Alsace Wine Route....

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