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The “voie verte” (walking and cycling path) from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor is a newcomer among cycling paths in Alsace. It is a cycling path connecting Rosheim to Saint-Nabor, following the outline of the old railway that hasn’t been used since 2002. It has been named “Portes Bonheur, le Chemin des Carrières” in tribute to the past. The railway line had indeed been initially installed at the beginning of the 20th century, in order to carry away the stones extracted from the quarries of Saint-Nabor towards the Plain of Alsace.

It’s always interesting to see constructions such as railways, which have greatly shaped the landscapes, to be rehabilitated in a way or another. And, renovation as a “voie verte” or cycling path, for I who love cycling across Alsace, is bound to be a good idea! The cycling path from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor is 11 km long (22 km if you do it as a round trip) and has some good assets. It’s a really nice itinerary to cycle! To give you an idea, Rosheim is a village located on the Alsace Wine Route, not far from Obernai and only 20 minutes from Strasbourg.

Itinerary for the “Voie Verte” from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor

All along the route, you will cycle on a clean bicycle path, with only some regular crossroads with the road. The very beginning of the cycling path starts in residential areas of Rosheim, but you’ll quickly get to be in open country, roaming around trees and observing the varied landscapes going by: the Vosges foothills, vineyards, cultivated fields, meadows, orchards, villages… and Mont Sainte-Odile in the distance. It’s truly pretty and suddenly, you’ll feel a bit cut off from the world!

The “voie verte” starting in Rosheim has an ascending profile: you’ll first find a light false flat (nothing too bad) up until Ottrott. Between Ottrott and Saint-Nabor, it’s a proper climb: you’ll need to be patient and pedal fast, dismount and walk or to have prepared an electrically-assisted bike. Let me reassure you, it’s not that long and the reward is worth it! When you get there, you’ll be able to climb on a belvedere to have a panoramic view onto the surroundings.

You’ll then only have to go back towards Rosheim which, as you will have understood, will be going down all along. Easy! :)

Installations along the “voie verte”

The “voie verte” from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor is not a bicycle path like any other. Several installations bring indeed a “small extra touch” ;-)

First, the imposing metallic sculptures were imagined by the Norwegian architectural firm Reiulf Ramstad, to echo with the industrial past of the places. Likewise, objects reminding the old railway, such as railway crossings or an old scale, have been installed. Here and there, you’ll also see spaces inviting you to take a break and enjoy the views. And finally, you’ll be happy to find along the path tools to inflate again your bike tire and to carry out a few repairs. It can always be useful!

Of course, I can’t forget to mention the final belvedere, which is magnificently sculpted and will allow you to see from above the whole itinerary you have just crossed (and to have some fun, why not try to recognize the villages… it’s not that easy!)

How about taking a break in an Alsatian village?

Another thing that I’ve really enjoyed on this itinerary, is the possibility to stop on the way to discover a few villages: Rosheim, departure and arrival point, but also the park of Léonardsau, Boersch or Ottrott. These are all beautiful places, worth going a little bit out of the way to go through them. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it’s definitely worth it! In addition, you can even plan for a wine tasting along the way… You could stop for example at the Domaine Fritz Schmitt to taste the famous “Rouge d’Ottrott” (yep, you can find red wine in Alsace!).

Renting an EAB

If you don’t have a bike, it’s possible to rent electrically assisted bikes at the Mont Sainte-Odile Tourist Office in Rosheim or Ottrott. It’s very practical, as you’ll then only be a few hundreds meters from the start of the “voie verte”, located in front of Neuland sports complex.

I liked

  • A well-equipped bicycle path
  • A good variety of landscapes
  • Sculptures on the way, and the final belvedere with a panoramic view

I liked a little less

  • Doing a round trip. I prefer loop routes :-P

My pictures of the “Voie verte” from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor

Practical information

Itinerary

You will find more information on the website of Portes Bonheur

Departure and arrival point

Right in front of Neuland sports complex, Rue du Neuland in Rosheim. Afterwards, it’s really easy to follow :)

Characteristics

  • Distance: 11 km one way (22km round-trip)
  • Ascending elevation: about 160 meters
  • Duration: about 2h

Getting here

By car

It is located about:

  • 27km from Strasbourg (about 20 minutes drive)
  • 55km from Colmar (about 45 minutes drive)
  • 97km from Mulhouse (about 1h05 drive)

It is possible to park for free at the sports complex car park.

By public transport

You can get to Rosheim train station. Please calculate your route on Fluo.

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