Motorcycling in the Vosges, beautiful and mountainous
The Vosges is one of the most beautiful areas to drive through the motor. You will find a beautiful nature. The area has a number of geological agreements with the Black Forest. The dense forests, steep slopes and many hairpin bends make your journey a true adventure. You will be completely surrounded by beautiful vineyards and in between you will also encounter some beautiful, quiet villages that are definitely worth a visit.
Because of the relatively low mountain passes, depending on the weather, it is possible to travel to the Vosges from May. Villages where viticulture is important, especially in June and September, welcome many tourists. Other villages are more focused on the holiday months of July and August.
We have several routes available for you. And we are happy to tell you the nicest cols and roads. The high ridges are less forested. This is clearly visible on the Route des Crêtes, with the Col du Bonhomme and the Col de la Schlucht, mountain tops around the Hohneck and the Grand Ballon as beautiful points.
Bike rides are very popular in the Vosges area. Both recreational and sporting bicycle tourists can enjoy the beautiful routes that the cyclist takes along peaks and hills, breathtaking landscapes and green forests. In the West, recreational cyclists can especially enjoy a quiet bike ride. The east of the Vosges is then again designated for heavier bike rides along the beautiful peaks.
BICYCLE TRAINS IN THE VOSES
RECREATIONAL BICYCLE TOURS
But also in the High Vosges, which are known for its high mountain peaks and challenging climbs, the recreational cyclist can find something to his taste. In the valley between the villages Remiremont, Cornimont and Bussang there is a green route that runs over the route of an old railway. As a result, there is also a limited difference in height. Expect an impressive bike ride on a largely car-free road, surrounded by the imposing peaks of the High Vosges. Yet you can best take care of a bike with good gears and brakes. There is little difference in height, but it will never be as flat as in Belgium or the Netherlands. Keep this in mind.
SPORTING BICYCLE TOURS
In addition, a lot of cycling tourists also travel to the Thousand Lakes region or Mille Etangs. This area is located in the south of the Vosges in the Haute-Saône. The landscape consists of cozy roads, impressive valleys and natural thousands of beautiful lakes. There is little traffic and the roads are very well maintained in most cases.
SHORT FACTS ABOUT MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE VOSES
Area: Vosges low mountain range.
Gravity / difficulty: Medium weight. Between 35 and 55 km per day; longer variants possible.
Navigation: GPS and registered route sheets.
Best season: May to October.
There: Car (600 km from Utrecht) or TGV (without bikes) from Paris to St.-Die-des-Vosges. From there transfer to Ban-sur-Meurthe
About the Vosges
About the mountain bike tour
Winter sports in the Vosges
Real ski areas
Cross-country skiing Vosges
Not like the Alps, but fun!
Hiking in the high Vosges
To the east of Epinal the height differences are clearly larger and the area feels more Alpine. In and around the different valleys the views are very beautiful and from the highest peaks (Balloons) you can see the Alps in clear weather (but before that the Rhine Valley).
In this area are dozens of very beautiful valleys and peaks with fantastic hiking opportunities. There are a number of routes on top of the Balloons that are relatively flat, but there are also several that go further into the valley with more difference in height.
Walking in the low Vosges.
The landscape of the Vosges is more or less divided into two parts. The dividing line is located around Epinal in the middle of the Department of the Vosges.
West of Epinal, in the lower Vosges, the difference in altitude is less and the landscape consists of forests, villages and meadows.
This old-fashioned cultural landscape is very suitable for beautiful walks without too much height difference.
Hiking trails in the Vosges
In the Vosges there are hundreds of marked hiking trails ranging from 3 to 20 kilometers. In every village you can find walking routes and in most villages dozens of walking routes have been set out.
There are routes for every level everywhere. The gravity of the walks depends mainly on the part of the Vosges where you are walking.
In the higher parts, the longer routes are usually heavier because more elevation meters have to be bridged, but there are also less difficult routes to be found there.