Green way from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor – Portes Bonheur, le Chemin des Carrières

by | Updated on 28/02/2023 | Cycling, Green tourism, Open on sundays, Wine route | 0 comments


The greenway from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor is a newcomer to cycling in Alsace. It is a greenway linking
to Saint-Nabor, following the route of theold railroad which is not used since 2002. It has been named “Portes Bonheur, le Chemin des Carrières” in homage to the past. The railroad line was initially installed at the beginning of the 20th century in order to evacuate the stones extracted from the quarries of Saint-Nabor towards the plain of Alsace.

It is always interesting to see developments such as a railroad, which has strongly shaped the landscape, being rehabilitated in some way. And the rehabilitation as a greenway, for me who loves to ride my bike in Alsace, is a good idea! The greenway from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor is 11 km long (22 km if you do the round trip) and has good assets. This is a really nice route to walk! To situate Rosheim, it is a village located on the Alsace Wine Route, not far fromObernai and Mont Sainte-Odile and only 20 minutes from Strasbourg.

Route of the Voie Verte from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor in Alsace

We ride on the Chemin des Carrières all the way on a clean bike path, with only regular crossings with the road. The very beginning of the greenway passes through residential areas of Rosheim but then you quickly find yourself in the middle of nature, wandering between the trees while observing the varied landscapes which offer themselves to us: hills of the Vosges Piedmont, vineyards, cultivated fields, meadows, orchards, villages… We pedal in the middle of a mosaic of natural landscapes! It’s really pretty and you suddenly feel a bit cut off from the world!

The green way from
has an ascending profile: at first there is a slight false flat up to Ottrott (nothing really bad). Between Ottrott and Saint-Nabor, however, it climbs steeply: you will have to be patient and grind, or put your foot down, or even have an electric bike. I reassure you, it is not so long and the reward is worth it! When you arrive, you can climb up to a lookout point to get a panoramic view of the surroundings.

After that, all that remains is to make the return trip to Rosheim, which, as you will have understood, will go downhill all the way this time. Easy 🙂

Developments along Chemin des Carrières

The greenway from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor is not just another bicycle path. Several amenities add a “little extra touch” 😉

First of all, the imposing metal sculptures, designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Reiulf Ramstad, echo the industrial past of the place. Beautiful and spectacular works of contemporary art to admire along the way!

In the same vein, unusual elements reminiscent of the old railroad, such as railroad ties or an old scale, have been installed. There are also spaces here and there where you can take a break and admire the view. Finally, cyclists will appreciate finding tools along the route to refill their bikes and make minor repairs. This can always be useful!

Of course, I can’t forget to mention the final lookout, beautifully sculpted and offering a magnificent view! It allows you to see from above the whole route you have just covered (and to have fun trying to recognize the villages, not so easy!)

A little break in an Alsatian village?

Another element that I liked on this itinerary is the possibility to stop on the way to discover villages: Rosheim, starting and ending point, but also the park of the Léonardsau, Boersch or Ottrott. These are all beautiful places that are worth going out of your way to see, it doesn’t take much extra time but it is well worth it! As a bonus, you can even plan a wine tasting along the way… Go for example to the Domaine Fritz Schmitt to taste the famous Rouge d’Ottrott (yes, we also make red wine in Alsace!).

Renting of VAE

If you don’t have a bicycle, you can rent electrically assisted bicycles at theTourist Office of Mont Sainte-Odile in Rosheim or Ottrott. It is convenient because it will only be a few hundred meters to reach the beginning of the greenway, which is located in front of the sports complex of Neuland.

I liked

  • Well-developed bicycle path
  • Variety of landscapes
  • Sculptures along the way and final viewpoint with panoramic view

I liked less

  • Going back and forth, I prefer loops 😛

My photos of the Green Way from Rosheim to Saint-Nabor

Practical information


More info on the Portes Bonheur website

Departure and arrival

Right in front of the Neuland sports complex, rue du Neuland in Rosheim. Then it’s easy to follow 🙂


  • Distance : 11 km one way (22km round trip)
  • Elevation gain : about 160 meters
  • Duration: about 2 hours


By car

You have to count:

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

Free parking is available at the sports center parking lot.

By public transport

You can arrive at the station of Rosheim. Calculate your route directly on Fluo.



Laurène 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, près 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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