The Northern Vosges stretch out among the Col de Saverne mountain pass, the pink sandstone cliffs of the Pays de Bitche, the vineyards of Wissembourg, and the crystal and glassworks of Meisenthal.
Here, the forest takes hold of the mountain, with mysterious fortified castles rising from within and charming villages of stone and half-timbered houses hidden in the trees. Farmers, loggers, carpenters, and master glassmakers have marked the landscapes, but nature still reigns. With unspoilt land and a world biosphere reserve, nature's playground is free to put on a show. A secret land brimming with legends.
In a wordFOREST
Beeches, oaks, and Scots pines cover almost two-thirds of the Northern Vosges.
Tales from the land: the Count of Lichtenberg and the forger
In his time, the Count of Lichtenberg was a bit of a sorcerer and punished anyone who tricked his people.
One day, a dishonest trader caused trouble in the land by paying merchants with counterfeit money.
The Count caught wind of it and went to find the crook. He bought luxurious objects from the trader and paid with a purse of silver coins.
When the crook dipped his hand into the purse to count his loot, he keeled over in pain. In place of the coins was a hornet's nest. The victims of the trader rushed to the fallen crook to claim their due. The wrongdoing undone, the hornets disappeared. The count warned the thief: if he ever used counterfeit money again, the same spell would be cast. Never again were bad coins found in the land.
TREASURES OF THE VOSGES DU NORD REGIONAL NATURE PARK
Observe the Terrestrial StarsGlass and crystal sites
3 neighbouring valleys, 3 renowned sites, 3 places of sparkling creations: 3 Étoiles Terrestres that link together to form a constellation of Glass Art.
At the crossroads of Alsace and Lorraine, the Northern Vosges are home to villages shaped by crystal. Rich treasures lie hidden beneath their austere exteriors. The International Glass Art Centre in Meisenthal, the Lalique Museum in Wingen-sur-Moder and La Grande Place Saint-Louis Crystal Museum are the guardians of five centuries of industrial and artistic traditions.
Hikes and walks around fortified castles
The Northern Vosges are a land of castles. Perched high above, they continue to watch over the forests of the Higher Vosges. Their ruins were abandoned centuries ago, but they still preserve tales of history. Take a journey back in time along Alsace's fortified castle trail. At the impregnable Fleckenstein Castle, the tumultuous Lichtenberg Castle, or the castle of La Petite-Pierre, renovated by Vauban. Stroll through history and immerse yourself in the mysteries hidden in the stone.
Forest bathing and a walk in the canopy
What if trees had the power to soothe? See for yourself with a forest bathing session. This surprising experience awakens your senses and frees you from stress, all in the heart of nature. And after uncovering a few secrets of the forest, take a walk on top of the woods. Yes, you read that right! Climb to new heights on the Treetop Walk and take a stroll through the canopy.
Remembrance tourism in the Northern Vosges
The wars from 1870 to 1945 forever transformed the landscapes of the Northern Vosges. Today, they teach us lessons never to forget. From the Bitche Citadel built by Vauban to the forts of the Maginot Line, learn how a territory defended its land and its freedom.
Remembering is committing to peace.