Walks and hikes in Alsace – Our 25 walking ideas

by | Updated on 2/11/2023 | Green tourism, Hiking, Must read, On a budget, Open on sundays, With kids | 0 comments

Are you looking for ideas for walks in Alsace? There is really an embarrassment of riches to choose from as we are lucky enough to live in a magnificent region with varied landscapes
 To guide you, the My weekend in Alsace team has selected some nice walks to do in Alsace: from the family walk to the sporty hike in the Vosges and from the north to the south of Alsace, here are several ideas of walks in loop, all tested and approved as always!

These walks and hikes are listed in ascending order of distance. However, remember to also take into account the difference in altitude (which we also indicate), it is the combination of the distance and the difference in altitude that determines the ease or difficulty of a walk. To help you find your way around, hiking applications exist and are very practical!

Panoramic tour of the Grand Ballon (by Clémence)

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The Grand Ballon is the highest peak in Alsace, but don’t worry, you can have a nice walk there! The panoramic tour of the Grand Ballon is a nice walk, short but climbing quite a bit and offers beautiful panoramic views!

Practical information

Distance and elevation gain

2,7km and 180m D+.

Duration

1h30/45

Departure

Parking du Grand Ballon (in front of the Chalet-Hotel du Grand Ballon)

GeoVino hike in Riquewihr on the Wine Route (by Clémence)

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The concept of GeoVino? Combine a nice walk in the Alsatian vineyard and quench your thirst for knowledge on the theme of wines AND geology, to become untelligible on the rocks that give the so particular notes to our local beverages
 A perfect walk also with children since it is very short.

Practical information

Distance

2,5km

Duration

1h

Departure

In front of the town hall of Riquewihr

Nideck waterfall (by LaurĂšne)

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The Nideck waterfall in Oberhaslach is one of the most famous places for walks in Alsace. It must be said that the place is pleasant: the waterfall is impressive and provides a pleasant coolness in the beautiful days! You can do the classic short circuit or opt for a longer hike, because the surroundings are full of beautiful hiking trails!

Practical information

Distance

3,3km and 190m D+.

Duration

1h30

Departure

Parking next to the Auberge de la Cascade du Nideck

The Michelbach dam, an easy walk (by Charlotte)

plan-eau-michelbach-alsaceThe tour of the Aspach-Michelbach lake is a nice walk which allows you to discover, among other things, the dam of the village. In addition, it is enough to go around the water, impossible to get lost!

The tour starts with a small paved road, the part I like the least, especially when it’s hot – but which allows to have a nice view on the dam. We arrive then on a forest road, where we go along the water under the cover of trees.

All along the route, there are explanatory panels to discover the fauna and flora and there is even an observatory where you can climb to observe the birds. One passes near pretty meadows, one has a beautiful sight on the mountains in the distance
 even the small part where one skirts the houses of Michelbach is sympathetic because certain inhabitants decorated their fences. It’s a walk I like to do regularly, accessible to all!

Practical information

Distance

4km

Duration

1h to 1h30

Departure

Parking rue de la forĂȘt in Aspach-Michelbach

Stroller path of the Urbeis pass (by Vivine)

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It’s not always easy to find an idea for a stroller-friendly walk
 Fortunately, there are stroller trails, including the one at the Col d’Urbeis, for example! A nice easy walk in the forest, ideal with a child and pleasant for parents who can enjoy the beauty of the landscapes and views.

Practical information

Distance

4,7 km and 90m D+.

Duration

1h to 1h30

Departure

Parking of the Col d’Urbeis

Walk to the Hohwald waterfall (by Vivine)

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This is a nice walk that can be suitable even for little ones since it is possible to take a “special little one” option by walking only 2km round trip
 which does not prevent from enjoying the beauty of the landscapes and especially the superb Hohwald waterfall! You can also make the more classic walk, a beautiful loop of 6km.

Practical information

Distance

6km with 139m D+ (or 2km round trip)

Duration

1h30 for the 6km option (about 30 minutes for the 2km)

Departure

In front of the Tourist Office of Hohwald

Hike from the North Pagan Wall to Mont Ste Odile (by LĂ©a)

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A mysterious old wall with moss-covered stones, impressive castle ruins, a magnificent view of the Alsace plain, animal sculptures to be found along the way
 The path of the northern pagan wall, around the Mont Saint-Odile is really one of my favorite walks!

Practical information

Distance

6,5 km and 150m D+.

Duration

3h (including breaks)

Departure

Parking n°3 of the Mont Sainte-Odile

Hike from Leymen to Marienstein (by Clémence)

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Here is a nice walk to do with your family, between Alsace and Switzerland. The Sundgau, the southernmost region of Alsace, is full of little known treasures. Leymen is no exception to the rule, especially when the village is associated in an itinerary with its neighbor in the canton of Solothurn, Mariastein


Practical information

Distance

6,6km and 217m D+.

Duration

3h

Departure

Chapel in Leymen, Rue du Landskron

Pfaffenlapp Rock Hike (by LĂ©a)

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Are you looking for a short hike, a bit sporty but not too much, with a nice view as a reward? This is what you need: the Pfaffenlapp rock hike, on the heights ofOberhaslach, a small village in the Bruche Valley.

Practical information

Distance

7km and 300 D+.

Duration

3h

Departure

Ringelstahl forest house, D75 in the direction of Balbronn or Flexbourg from Oberhaslach

Hiking in the Petit Ballon (by LaurĂšne)

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This is an ideal route for a short day hike or to watch the sunset
 It’s fast but it climbs quite a bit since the goal is to reach the Petit Ballon and to have a picnic there before going down quietly. The view is magnificent!

Practical information

Distance

7km and 400m D+.

Duration

2h/2h30

Departure

In front of the Ferme Auberge du Hilsen

The Bollenberg: between orchids and witches (by Vincent)

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Located above the village of Orschwihr in the heart of the vineyard, this beautiful and mysterious hill is not lacking in charm. In spring or autumn, it offers an ideal spot for walking or hiking with the family with its small slopes and gentle vineyard landscapes.

Called “the hill of the witches”, the Bollenberg is a land of legends (we still celebrate every summer the “Fire of the witches” Haxafir and the Celts, Romans and Merovingians stayed there) but also a natural site of exception! Born on a geological fault (still visible in some places), this limestone hillock shelters a Mediterranean microclimate with a unique fauna and flora: wild orchids, salamanders, butterflies, birds.

This easy walk will allow you to discover the richness of this exceptional site. You will see the famous chapel and will also cross the Domaine du Bollenberg, with its inn, its spa hotel, its wines and its brandies!

The wiser ones will be able to finish the walk at the spa and the others will be able to appreciate the benefits of the exceptional sunshine on the wine which is produced here (many wine growers will also open the doors of their cellars in Orschwihr).

Practical information

Distance

7,3km and 145m D+.

Duration

2h

Departure

Rue du Bollenberg in Orschwhir. There is a parking lot opposite the belvedere, under the Bollenberg chapel

Hike to the Castle of Guirbaden (by LaurĂšne)

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Here is a nice easy hike that will lead you to the discovery of the largest castle in Alsace, the castle of Guirbaden, located in Mollkirch in the Bruche Valley. It’s really impressive and the walk also offers some nice gaps in the forest to admire the view!

Practical information

Distance

7,5km and 150m D+.

Duration

2h

Departure

Parking right next to the cemetery of Grendelbruch (the civil cemetery, not the military one).

Hike to the castles of Wangenbourg and Freudeneck (by LaurĂšne)

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Here is a nice idea for an easy hike in a part of Alsace nicknamed“The Little Switzerland of Alsace” because of its wooded and hilly landscapes. The route allows you to walk in the forest, to discover two beautiful castles, to have a beautiful view from the tower of the castle of Wangenbourg, and to observe beautiful blocks of pink sandstone typical of the Northern Vosges. A nice program, isn’t it?

Practical information

Distance

8 km and 210m D+.

Duration

2h

Departure

In front of the Wangenbourg-Engenthal Tourist Office

Hike of Hilsenfirst and Sidi Brahim (by LĂ©a)

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This is a somewhat sporty hike for those who want to climb a little: there is quite a bit of elevation change for the distance. The landscapes encountered are magnificent, between the charm of the forest and the beauty of the view from the top of Hilsenfirst. Without forgetting the moving passage to the memorial of Sidi Brahim, witness of a battle having taken place here.

Practical information

Distance

8km and 550m D+.

Duration

4h

Departure

After Sondernach, taking in strong <> direction of the Petit Ballon</strong>. Park in a hairpin bend after the Fecht river

Hike around the Mont Saint-Michel (by LaurĂšne)

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Here is a nice and easy hike to do starting from an unusual place: the Alsatian Mont Saint-Michel , an energetic place from which you have a magnificent panorama on Saverne and its surroundings. This hike follows the route of the archaeological circuit, which is really pleasant: forest, beautiful panoramas and archaeological remains are on the program!

Practical information

Distance

9km and 150m D+.

Duration

2h30

Departure

Mont Saint-Michel in Saint-Jean-Saverne

3 Rochers hike in La Petite Pierre (by LaurĂšne)

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Want to get away from it all while staying in Alsace? I propose you the hike of the 3 rocks in La Petite Pierre, which will make you discover impressive rocks in pink sandstone of Vosges. There is a little air of Colorado, it is exotic!

Practical information

Distance

10km and 300m D+.

Duration

3h

Departure

In front of the Tourist Office of La Petite Pierre

Sentier des Roches, one of the most beautiful in Alsace (by Vivine)

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The Sentier des Roches is without doubt the most famous hike in Alsace. It is reserved for experienced hikers because of the narrow and aerial passages and should never be undertaken in rainy weather because of the (very) slippery rocks. All these elements are to be taken into account but it is a sublime hike in Alsace!

Practical information

Distance

10km and 600m D+.

Duration

5h30

Departure

Schlucht Pass

Hiking in the Raemelsberg in the Alsatian Jura (by LaurĂšne)

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This is probably one of my favorite hikes, because of the beauty of the landscapes but also because it is quite different from the ones you can do in general in the rest of Alsace. It takes us to the south of Alsace, to discover the panoramas of the Alsatian and Swiss Jura. Very beautiful points of view since we walk on the ridge line, and even a small incursion on the Swiss side to get a change of scenery 😉

Practical information

Distance

11km and 400m of ascent

Duration

3h30

Departure

Wolschwiller Town Hall

3 lakes hike, a classic of the Vosges (by LaurĂšne)

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The 3 lakes hike is a must for any hike in the Vosges: it is a magnificent hike passing by the White, Black and Trout lakes (of Forlet). There is a little bit of difference in altitude but not too much, so it is accessible while offering magnificent views: a great program, isn’t it?

Practical information

Distance

11 km and 440m D+.

Duration

4h30

Departure

Black Lake parking lot

Hike to the Hohneck (by LĂ©a)

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Flowery meadows, shady forests, winding and steep paths, a magnificent panorama of the Vosges
 This is the program of this hike to the Hohneck! This hike, which passes by the natural reserve of Frankenthal-Missheimle, will enchant you with the diversity of the crossed landscapes
 And its sporting side!

Practical information

Distance

11 km and 550m D+.

Duration

5h

Departure

At the top of the Hohneck, parking of the hotel restaurant.

Hiking in the Pays de Bitche in Moselle (by LaurĂšne)

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For this hike, we leave Alsace to go to our neighbors from Lorraine. The Pays de Bitche is really located at the border with Alsace and is sometimes called the“Colorado of Lorraine” because of its magnificent red rocks. The hike around the castles of Falkenstein and Waldeck allows you to admire them


Practical information

Distance

13 km and 400m D+.

Duration

3h30/4h

Departure

Parking lot of the pond of Hanau

Hiking in Donon (by LaurĂšne)

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The Donon is the highest point of the Basses-Vosges. It is located in the Bruche Valley, southwest of Strasbourg. It is known to be a high energy place and has long had a sacred character. This hike allows you to take advantage of the beauty of the place and its magnificent panoramic view at the top over Alsace on one side and Lorraine on the other.

Practical information

Distance

13,5 km and 630m D+.

Duration

4h

Departure

Parking of the Wackenbach village hall, at the entrance of the village (commune of Schirmeck).

Rocher de Mutzig hike (by LaurĂšne)

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This is a superb sporty hike in the Bruche Valley, easily accessible from Strasbourg. The program includes a visit to the Porte de Pierre, an astonishing monolith of pink sandstone, and a magnificent panorama of the valley and Vosges peaks from the Rocher de Mutzig. You won’t regret the climb, I promise!

Practical information

Distance

16km and 800m D+.

Duration

5h30 approx.

Departure

Lutzelhouse

Castle walk in Saverne (by LaurĂšne)

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If you like sporty hikes (not in terms of technical difficulty but because of the duration and the difference in altitude), here is a great hike around Saverne, which will lead you to the magnificent ChĂąteau du Haut-Barr, the Grotte de Saint-Vit and the Tour du Brotsch. Get ready for a lot of great views!

Practical information

Distance

16km and 800m D+.

Duration

7h

Departure

Chapel of Saint Sebastian, Dambach la Ville

Hike to the castles of Bernstein, Ramstein and Ortenbourg (by LĂ©a)

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This is a hike that will suit lovers of sporty hiking who like to make beautiful discoveries along the way. A beautiful walk with three castles awaits you on this route: the ruins of the castles of Bernstein, Ramstein and Ortenbourg punctuate this beautiful loop, we love it!

Practical information

Distance

23km and 840m D+.

Duration

7h

Departure

Parking of the place des Dragons in Saverne

LaurĂšne

LaurĂšne

LaurÚne est la créatrice du blog Mon week-end en Alsace. Bretonne installée en Alsace depuis 2014, elle est tombée amoureuse de sa région d'adoption au point de lui dédier un blog et d'acheter avec son mari une maison alsacienne dans un village du Kochersberg, prÚs de Strasbourg. A pied, à vélo, sur ses chevaux ou au volant de sa voiture, elle aime partir explorer les moindres recoins de l'Alsace pour dénicher de bonnes adresses à partager sur le blog.

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