Summers are often hot in Alsace and we are always longing for a swim. Of course, you can go to a pool, but it’s not very special. Swimming in a lake in Alsace is much more fun!
Kruth-Wildenstein lake is an artificial lake located in the Massif des Vosges, more specifically in the Valley of Thann, in the South of Alsace, close to Wesserling park. Swimming is allowed at the own risk of the bathers, as there is no life-guarding. You must be a little bit careful, but the place is really pleasant.
It is possible to find a nice stop on the banks of the Kruth lake, with its many sand and grass beaches. There is a bit of gravel and rocks when you enter the lake, but it’s not too bad if you are careful. It’s then quickly deep, so there is no more issue!
Kruth lake is busy when the weather is nice! Walk along the lake and move away from the nautical base to find a good spot on the grass if you would like peacefulness.
If you want to walk a little bit, you can walk around the lake (about 6 km or 1h30 walk).
- Swimming in a lake in the Vosges: it’s a beautiful setting!
- Ideal temperature of the water when it’s hot outside
I liked a little less
- It can get really busy, with some loud people
My pictures of the Kruth-Wildenstein lake
The park Arbres Aventure, is located near the lake: you can rent canoes and pedalos. It’s also possible to do “accrobranche”, mountain biking, fishing, geocaching… For more information, have a look at the website Parc Arbres Aventure.
The address is as follows: Lac de Kruth-Wildenstein 68820 Kruth. The lake is located:
- 45 km from Mulhouse (about 1h drive)
- 70 km from Colmar (about 1h10 drive)
- 140 km from Strasbourg (about 2h drive)
There are several parking zones near the lake, but also a large parking at the bottom, just before the lake coming from Kruth. You are at the lake in 5 minutes walk! Parking is free.
By public transport
It is possible to come by public transport, which can be more or less easy depending on the time. There is a train going from Mulhouse to Kruth. There is then a a 15-minutes bus ride to the lake. If you have a bike, it’s a 20 minutes ride from the train station to the lake. Have a look at the website Vialsace to plan your itinerary.
If you are hungry, you will easily find food. For example at the Auberge du Lac or at the snack bar of the Parc aventures. I have not tried them.