Amid the high pastures
In the vicinity of Vogelstein, rocky headlands located at 1 181m above sea reveal the Belacker Inn. The terrace of the establishment offers a view of the valley of Saint-Amarin and of the highest peaks of the Massif des Vosges, the Grand Ballon, the Markstein and Storckenkopf.
The inn was taken over by two managers: Carole and Jacky Iltis. Madame is responsible for preparing dishes while Monsieur takes care of serving and the animals. The cattle and goat farm produces meat, sausages and goat cheese, served at the restaurant.
A place full of history
In 1915, probably hit by a shell, the Belacker inn is destroyed by fire. It was then rebuilt by the town in 1925. Four years later, a Swiss, a native of Appenzell, Hans Kocher moves in. During World War II, the family lives a tragedy: Lilly the daughter dies hit by a stray bullet.
Another significant event: during the snowy winter of 1953, the farmer lack of hay to feed his animals. The Schlumpf brothers from Malmerspach offer 80 balls of hay that a plane drops twice. In 1956, the lodge is taken over from the Knibiely Family. The last member of the Knibiely Family, Teresa, retired in 2011. Two years later, after renovation, Jacky and Carole become the new managers.