De crêtes en vallées

Stages
Cercle Saint Thiébaut
Ferme Auberge Les Buissonnets
Hostellerie Alsacienne
Gite d'étape du Graber
Auberge du Langenberg
Auberge du Gazon Vert-gîte d'étape
Auberge du Belacker
Ferme Auberge Les Buissonnets
Cercle Saint Thiébaut
Caracteristics

Difficulty ratingEasy

Distance (in km) 75,3

Elevation gain + (in m) 2842

Elevation loss - (in m) 2799

Length in Days/Nights (3.5 km/h) 8/7

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Presentation
This tour makes you love hiking. Admire the variety of landscapes, the vosgienne forest, the pastures and beautiful small villages. You'll have a panoramic view of the Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comté region and don't forget the lakes in profusion.
along the way
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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Ruins of the Church of Leimbach
GPS data - 47.79459,7.09460

The old church is dedicated to St. Blasius and located outside the village of Leimbach in "Gottesthal" (valley of god). The church is in ruins and is surrounded by a cemetery.
The church from the 12th century, was destroyed for the first time in 1468 and then

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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
GPS data - 47.77367,7.01826
Town centre of Masevaux
GPS data - 47.77472,6.99740

Masevaux, is the central place of the Doller valley and is an idyllic place: the Grange Burcklé is a good location for music and theater events; the Catholic church performs each year the Passion of Jesus in German language; the Church of St. Martin organizes

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GPS data - 47.77524,6.99647
Day Nr. 3
Virgin of Alsace at Niederbruck
GPS data - 47.78882,6.96701

The Virgin of Alsace (Vierge d'Alsace) stands on the Eichstein ledge and is watching over Niederbruck and the Doller valley. It was sculpted in 1923 by Antoine Bourdelle in gray stone. Before setting up the sculpture it was presented at the Autumn Paris Fair.

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Schlumpf ski resort
GPS data - 47.79339,6.92267

The Schlumpf ski resort at Dolleren, is located between 675m and 1012m altitude and has three slopes:
- La Verdure, a red slope with an average gradient of 30%
- La Dolleroise, a green slope
- A toboggan run

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Graber Inn
GPS data - 47.79471,6.90612

On the sunny side
The Graber hostel is located on the southern side of the Masevaux valley, nearby the Doller source.The Bittel familiy took over the lodge to preserve local traditions.

The architecture is an example of farms from the late 19th century. Th

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Day Nr. 4
Lake Sewen
GPS data - 47.81156,6.89914

Sewen Lake is characteristic of the ancient glacial valleys. The lake is actually transforming into marshland. Beavers were reintroduced here recently in their natural habitat.

Alfled Lake
GPS data - 47.81718,6.87116

Overlooking the Doller valley the Alfeld Lake is dammed since 1883, to supply lower levels with water. His origin is due to glacial erosion. A path leads to a hut near a cascade.

Ballon d'Alsace, Jeanne d'Arc, statue
GPS data - 47.82055,6.83450

The Ballon d'Alsace Ballon extends over the regions of Lorraine, Franche-Comte and Alsace. The Ballon d'Alsace is located in the Regional Natural Park of Ballons des Vosges as well as in the the nature reserve of the Ballons Comtois. For over 30 years this pea

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Virgin of Alsace at the Ballon
GPS data - 47.80267,6.84885

Located 1247m above sea level, the Ballon d'Alsace offers in summer: hiking, biking, the so called Cani-rando (accompanied by a dog), paragliding, climbing trees (acrobranch)

In winter it is one of the largest ski resorts of the Vosges and a snow park, more

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Langenberg Inn
GPS data - 47.80657,6.85904


Overlooking the Doller
The inn of Langenberg is on the Alsatian side of the Ballon d'Alsace, nearby Franche-Comté (Belfort is at 30 km) and the Lorraine Region (Remiremont is at 40km). The place offers a panoramic view over the Vallée de Masevaux and Sewen.

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Day Nr. 5
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. 6
 	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. 7
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.
Vogelsteine (lava flow)
GPS data - 47.82894,7.00402
The Vogelsteine lava flow dates from the volcanic period of the Vosges mountains, 330million year ago. At that time the surface was covered by a low water sea and islands.
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. 8
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.
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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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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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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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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