Parc des Vosges du Nord

Hiking in the North Vosges Park

The forest of the Vosges du Nord Regional Nature Park is the birthplace of many legends.

When it is not raising mysterious castles, it hides charming stone and half-timbered villages. Farmers, lumberjacks, carpenters and master glassmakers have left their mark on the landscape, but nature still reigns over this preserved land, a world biosphere reserve.

The most beautiful landscapes and castles of the Northern Vosges

A real paradise for hikers and nature lovers, the Northern Vosges offer gentle and accessible landscapes. 

About thirty castles crown the craggy peaks and rocks of the Northern Vosges. They are part of a group of some 500 castles covering Alsace and the Palatinate which were built between the beginning of the 12th century and the middle of the 14th century. 

Discover the most beautiful natural and historical wonders of these places through the HexaTrek.

Fleckenstein Castle

In the North-South direction on the HexaTrek, this is the first castle you will come across.

Travel back in time and discover a castle that has witnessed nine centuries of European history, embedded in a spectacularly large rocky bar.

New Windstein

Adjacent to the ruins of the Old Windsor, on top of a sandstone plateau at an altitude of 367 m, the castle stands proudly on the heights of the small village of Windstein in the Northern Vosges.

Wachtfels Rock

A real postcard, you can take out your cameras to immortalise this place at sunset on the charming village of Obersteinbach.

Impressive in its shape, the Wachtfels arch is the place not to be missed on the HexaTrek

Lichtenberg Castle

Stroll through the centuries in this fortress combining ancient and modern style. Admire the 360° panorama of the northern Vosges.

A medieval fortress that has crossed the centuries to be in turn a place of residence, a place of garrison, and today a place affirming its cultural and tourist vocation

Where to sleep in the Northern Vosges, unguarded refuges

There are a large number of unguarded refuges in the Vosges massif. Most of them are maintained by the Vosges Club, which also takes care of the maintenance of the hiking trails.

Refuge du Schneeberg

Small refuge with a superb view of Wangenbourg-Engenthal. Inside there is a fireplace where you can barbecue with a table and benches.

Cabane des 5 Routes

Superb hut with a wood-burning cooker. 

An ideal place in the middle for bivouac practice, in the heart of the Vosges forest.

Shelter of the Schleif

A shelter with table and bench inside. Fire pit in front of the shelter, several tables and benches scattered around and a large open shelter with 4 fireplaces


Hexatrek - The French thru hiking trail

United States has the Pacific Crest Trail, New Zealand has the Te Araroa, it was time to give France a trail that would hike all the beauty and diversity of its landscapes! A team of true enthusiasts are launching the HexaTrek in 2022: 3,000 km of trails through the mountains!


Gas re-supply strategy on the hexatrek

Even if there are petrol or wood burning systems, the majority of hikers use gas stoves for their multi-day hikes. Estimating the amount of fuel needed for a long hike is not always easy and finding the right cartridge for your burner in France can sometimes be murderous!


Cerces Massif

Less well known than its closest neighbours, the Vanoise and the Ecrins, this massif is nevertheless one of the must-sees on the HexaTrek.
The Mont Thabor or the Lac des Cerces are simply sublime and offer an unforgettable experience of nature.


Mont-Blanc Massif

This region, even if it has never had a "Natural Park" label, is one of the most beautiful in France (according to the Savoyards). The Mont Blanc massif is a must-see, the Aiguille du Midi and the surrounding glaciers are a must-see.
Sixt-Fer-A-Cheval with its thousands of waterfalls is also on the route.


Ballon Vosges Regional Park

Also known as the High Vosges, this region is full of emblematic peaks such as the Honeck or the Grand Ballon. Lakes with crystal-clear waters, such as those of Lac Blanc or Schiessrothried, will guide you and villages with typical Alsatian colours, such as Riquewihr, will give you a warm welcome.


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