Here is the route of a beautiful hike around Saverne made in July with the Club Vosgien. and called Circuit des Châteaux de Saverne. It allows to admire very beautiful ruins of castles (the highlight being the Haut-Barr Castle) and offers superb panoramas on the neighboring summits of the Vosges as well as on the plain of Alsace.
Here are the main stages of this hike: Castle Greifenstein->Saint-Vit cave>Castle Ochsentein-> Brotsch-Tower>Table of Witches->Small Geroldseck->Grand Geroldseck->Upper Barr.
The hiking trail winds through the forest, regularly leading to beautiful views such as from the tower of the Greifenstein castle, the Saint-Vit cave, the Brotsch tower or the Haut-Barr.
The Grotto of Saint-Vit is an interesting place. In addition to the amazing cave, there is a beautiful alpine garden and a nice view of the Upper Barr Castle.
Last step of the hike, the castle of Haut-Barr in Saverne is really worth a visit. It is possible to go up on the Devil’s Bridge, built between two impressive rocky spurs, from where the view is fabulous (see photo above).
The trail is marked by the Vosges Club, but the IGN map is indispensable as a complement!
My photos of the hike around Saverne
Departure and arrival
Parking of the place des Dragons in Saverne. Follow the “blue rectangle” signs to start.
- Distance: about 23 km
- Elevation gain: about 840m
- Duration: about 7 hours, including breaks
- Access the hike sheet here
The address is: place des Dragons in Saverne. Saverne is located in:
- 51 km from Strasbourg (about 45 minutes)
- 87 km from Colmar (about 1h20)
- 128 km from Mulhouse (about 1h40)
By public transport
It is possible to come by train to the station of Saverne.