Here is the itinerary for a loop hike around the dell of Sondernach in the Valley of Munster. I have done this hike in September with the Club Vosgien of Colmar. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t really good that day and the pictures do not do justice to the landscape. This hike offers pretty views over the surrounding Vosges, valleys and even the Alsace plain.

The main stops of this hike are: Eibelwasen ->Oberlauchen pass->Klintzkopf->Lauchen pass-> Hilsenfirst pass-> Landersen-> Sondernach

The first part of the hike is in the Vosges forest: it is already quite a climb from the start, but it’s exactly what you need to get warmed up! You will then go onto a crest, from which panoramic views are beautiful (best in good weather!), before going back down towards Sondernach. The difference in altitude is quite high at the start, but it’s not too difficult afterwards.

The path is marked out by the Club Vosgien, but the IGN map is essential to have as well! You can print it below, if you would like to do this itinerary. Remember to zoom in to see the details of the paths to follow.

My pictures of the hike around Sondernach

Practical information

Start and finish

Parking of Sondernach, located on the right just after the village exit when going towards Schepfenried.


  • Distance: about 18 km
  • Difference in altitude: about 880 m
  • Duration: about 7 hours, including breaks

Getting here

By car

Sondernach is located:

  • 28 km from Colmar (about 45 minutes )
  • 66 km from Mulhouse (about 1h10)
  • 100 km from Strasbourg (about 1h30)
By public transport

Have a look at the website Vialsace to plan your itinerary.