Circuit de la Grande Crête

Stages
Cercle Saint Thiébaut
Ferme Auberge Les Buissonnets
Auberge du Belacker
Auberge du Gazon Vert-gîte d'étape
Auberge du Gustiberg
Gite de la ferme du Bergenbach
Caracteristics

Difficulty ratingDifficult

Distance (in km) 57

Elevation gain + (in m) 2540

Elevation loss - (in m) 2390

Length in Days (3.5 km/h) 6 jours/5 Nuits

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Day Nr. 1
Cercle St Thiebaut
GPS data - 47.80794,7.10154

The lodge “Cercle St Thiebaut” is located near the train station and downtown Thann, not far from the hikingtrail GR5. It is a point of departure and a destination or a stopover for hikers. Due to its location, the hostel can be easily reached by bus from all

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Collegiate Church of Thann
GPS data - 47.81128,7.10160

Located at the bottom of the Thur Valley and at the foot of the Vosges, Thann invites you to discover the charm of an old alsatian fortified town.

One of the most important relgious buildings of the town is the Collegiate church of Saint-Thiébaut. It is a j

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View of the Thann from the Lorraine cross
GPS data - 47.80871,7.09637

The Cross of Lorraine (Croix de Lorraine) was inaugurated by General de Gaulle in 1949 in memory of all the fighters who fought during World War 2 in this place. It is a monument of Alsatian resistance. The cross is illuminated and can be seen from Thann.

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Missions Cross
GPS data - 47.80974,7.09093

The Missions Cross (Croix de Mission), on the territory of the municipality Thann, was built in 1950 by scouts and destroyed by the storm in 1999. In 2003 the cross was rebuilt with the support of the French National Forest Service (Office national des forêts)

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Teufelskanzel rock
GPS data - 47.80842,7.04609
Nearby Hundruck pass, the Teufelskanzel rock has volcanic origins. Its name has Germanic roots and means devils pulpit.
Hundsruck mountain pass
GPS data - 47.80622,7.04226
The Hundsruck mountain pass lies at 748m forms the passage between the valleys of the Thur and the Doller. Cyclists climbing the pass regulary. The french army built this road, called Joffre Road, to supply the front at Hartmannswillerkopf during the First Wor...
Buissonnets Inn
GPS data - 47.80784,7.02738
The Ferme-Auberge Buissonnets is situated on the southern slopes of the Rossberg massif, near the village Bourbach-le-Haut and the Hundsruck pass. The farm is embedded in pastures, and keeps many kinds of farm animals.

Homemade ...
The dishes on the menu
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Day Nr. 2
Viewpoint Fuchsfelsen Rock
GPS data - 47.82529,6.99886
The Fuchsfelsen ledge was created to allow a panoramic view of the Doller valley and the Ballon d'Alsace.
Volcano forest
GPS data - 47.82957,6.98788
The Vogelstein rocks (1164m) overhang the volcano forest and are classified as a nature reserve, due to the unique forest and the special flora and fauna.
 	Belackerkopf
GPS data - 47.83732,6.99006
The Belacker pasture (chaume) is located between the Rossberg and the Vogelstein. These high mountain pastures are typically for the southern Vosges mountains. Their were first mentionned in 1550. Cattle appreciate juicy grass and gentle slopes. Hikers pause a...
Belacker lodge
GPS data - 47.83801,6.99076
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 Gra
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Day Nr. 3
 	Belackerkopf
GPS data - 47.83732,6.99006
The Belacker pasture (chaume) is located between the Rossberg and the Vogelstein. These high mountain pastures are typically for the southern Vosges mountains. Their were first mentionned in 1550. Cattle appreciate juicy grass and gentle slopes. Hikers pause a...
Relaxing on the lake front of lake perches
GPS data - 47.84626,6.92312

The Lake Perches, also called Sternsee (lake of the stars), is located in an old glacial cirque at 1000 meters altitude. Its name isn't due to the fish of the same name but to a transmission error. It should have been called “Bers”, the name of a pasture nearb

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Auberge gite du Gazon Vert
GPS data - 47.85219,6.92745
An exceptional natural site
The Gazon Vert lodge is situated at 928m in a greenery surrounding. The traditional construction has been preserved as well as the view from above over the Storckensohn valley. Gazon Vert is different from the other lodges of the H...
Day Nr. 4
Gazon vert pasture (chaume)
GPS data - 47.85609,6.92295
The Gazon Vert pasture is situated in an glacial circus. The site is surrounded by big fallen rocks. Water is flowing from a peat bog to a cascade below.
Rouge-Gazon pasture (chaume)
GPS data - 47.85425,6.91699
The Rouge-Gazon pastures dominates the Perches lake. It may have its name from a bloddy battle taking place here during the Thirty Years War and the red grass.
gustiberg-09-10-13-copie-421
GPS data - 47.89331,6.92850
A breathtaking panorama
L'Auberge du Gustiberg is situated on a height of 980m and offers a great view of the Thur valley and the Bussang mountain pass, the natural border between Alsace and Lorraine. It is also a good spot for paragliding.

An institution
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Day Nr. 5
Ramblers to Drumont
GPS data - 47.90178,6.92233

The Drumont is the highest peak of the Vosges massif (1200 m) and offers a wide panorama of the Alsace and Lorraine. From its viewpoint you have a beautiful view of the Ballon d'Alsace, the Ross Mountain, the Grand Ballon and you may even see the Bernese Alps.

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Vol libre depuis le Drumont
GPS data - 47.90244,6.91711

The high pasture Drumont is a starting point for experienced paragliders because the slope is very low and the air currents extremely changeable.

Bergenbach Inn
GPS data - 47.91188,6.95456
A breathtaking view
The Bergenbach farmer's lodge is located on the western flank of the Thur valley at 800 m altitude. The lodge offers a view of the Vosges peaks and the village of Fellering Oderen in the valley.

Since 1978
 Jacques Simon and Marlene K
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Day Nr. 6
Cascade Saint Nicolas
GPS data - 47.91991,6.95657
The enchanted cascade Saint-Nicolas is hidden above the village Kruth and has its name from the chapel next to it.
Chapel St. Nicolas at Kruth
GPS data - 47.91958,6.95494

The Saint-Nicolas vallye is extending over three kilometers. The chapel “Saint Nicolas des Rochers” is situated next to a cascade. Its construction in the mid-16th century is due to a miracle. A coach driver survived uninjured after falling several meters deep

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View of the Frenz
GPS data - 47.93013,6.94808

The ski resort Frenz, above Kruth, is a good spot to learn downhill ski. Night skiing is organized in Winter as well as snowshoehiking and tobogganing.

Pause on the lake front of Kruth Wildenstein
GPS data - 47.95687,6.95868

At Lake Kruth-Wildenstein young and old may enjoy water sports and nature activities, such as the tree climbing. Above the lake thrones the ruins of Schlossberg (castle hill) ,which is currently being restored and can be visited with a guided tour. The waterf

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View of the village of Kruth
GPS data - 47.92990,6.96500

At Lake Kruth-Wildenstein young and old may enjoy water sports and nature activities, such as the tree climbing. Above the lake thrones the runis of Schlossberg (castle hill),which is currently being restored and can be visited with a guided tour. The waterfal

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GPS data - 47.92304,6.96879