Barefoot trails in Alsace


Both fun and unusual, barefoot trails are a great family activity in Alsace. Here are the barefoot trails we tested in Alsace.

Laurène is the blog's creator. Originally from Brittany but now living in Alsace, she has fallen in love with her adopted region and loves exploring its every nook and cranny to unearth great ideas to share with you!

Walk on the Barefoot Trail of Lac Blanc

The Lac Blanc Barefoot Trail is located within the Lac Blanc Adventure Park. The Lac Blanc is a ski resort near Colmar. In the summer, you can go hiking, biking and mountain biking, tree climbing and…a barefoot trail!

The concept of the barefoot trail was born in Germany. The general idea is to recover forgotten sensations, to reconnect with nature and to enjoy a good massage. It’s also an opportunity to do something a little different.

We take off our shoes at the entrance, leave them in a closed locker and let’s go for the barefoot trail, in the superb Lac Blanc forest! We walk alternately on the earthen floor of the forest and on specially prepared grounds (stone, wood, bark, gravel, water…).

Some parts are nice but overall I thought it hurt a little too much! Maybe my feet are too sensitive… The experience was still fun, even if I didn’t really feel like I was relaxing.

Throughout the walk, there are fun workshops based on the 5 senses. Candies to taste, smells to smell, trees to recognize… It’s well done and fun!

The distance of the Lac Blanc barefoot trail is 1.2km. It takes about 1h30 to do it, the time to walk slowly and to do the workshops. On arrival, a shower allows you to wash your feet.

  • Fun to walk barefoot in nature
  • The beauty of the forest
  • Fun workshops along the way, perfect for children
  • A little too much pain in the feet!

SensoRied, free barefoot trail in the Ried

This time, I went to SensoRied, the barefoot trail located in Muttersholtz, in the Alsatian Ried (the plain). The great advantage of SensoRied is that it’s free, making it an ideal activity for families visiting Alsace on a budget.

I’m not a big fan of barefoot trails (my feet hurt quickly!), but I was really pleasantly surprised by this trail, which I found very pleasant, even for my sensitive feet!

You can walk the 1.5 km of the trail at your own pace, going from one step to the other while admiring the landscapes of this Natura 2000 site.

Beyond the sensory experience (walking in mud, pebbles, on a dirt road…), I appreciated the explanations given on the fauna, flora, history and landscapes of the Ried. We learn a lot about this part of Alsace often rather unknown (wrongly).

After about 1 hour of discovery, it is time to wash your feet with the help of the hoses provided before leaving. This is a great activity to spend time with family and friends (yes, it’s not just for kids!).

  • Nice trail (not too hard on the feet!)
  • Interesting explanations about the Ried
  • Free
  • Nothing!

Other barefoot trails in Alsace

There’s also a barefoot trail in Oberhaslach, but I haven’t tested it. Some parks also have barefoot trails: