A mythical route, a string of picturesque villages, breathtaking landscapes, passionate winegrowers…
The Alsatian vineyard produces mainly white wines, sparkling wines as well as some rosés and reds. Just like in Germany, you will find delicious Rieslings, Gewurztraminers and Pinots Gris. Pinot Noir is the only fresh, light and fruity red wine from Alsace. Sparkling wines, known as Crémants d’Alsace, are also produced from Pinot Noir. Alsace wines are aromatic, floral, spicy and world renowned for their finesse and elegance. Do not miss to discover the 51 Grands Crus of Alsace, reflections of the complexity and the richness of the Alsatian vine
A legendary itinerary, a string of picturesque villages, breathtaking landscapes, passionate winegrowers…
The Alsatian vineyard produces mainly white wines, sparkling wines as well as some rosés and reds. Just like in Germany, you will find delicious Rieslings, Gewurztraminers and Pinots Gris. Pinot Noir is the only red wine from Alsace, fresh, light and fruity. Sparkling wines, known as Crémants d’Alsace, are also produced from Pinot Noir.
Alsace wines are aromatic, floral, spicy and recognized worldwide for their finesse and elegance. Don’t miss also discovering the 51 Grands Crus of Alsace, reflections of the complexity and richness of the Alsatian vineyard.
Culminating at 1,424 meters, it is the highest peak in the Vosges massif. A breath of fresh, fresh air! The creation of the Route des Crêtes dates back to the First World War. It met strategic objectives of communication, logistics and defense.
Today, this route with its exceptional landscapes has become a must and can be explored on foot, by bike, by motorbike, by car or by motorhome.
WHAT DOES THE ROUTE DES CRÊTES HAVE FOR YOU?
With a distance of 73km, the Route des Crêtes connects Cernay to Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, in the Haut-Rhin. This magnificent route offers remarkable views of the typical landscapes of the Vosges mountain range with its balloons, forests, lakes and breathtaking landscapes.
A perfect mountain getaway to get away from it all, be closer to nature and be amazed.
WHAT TO SEE ON THE CREST ROAD?
Overlooking the mountains and high pastures, the Route des Crêtes has many treasures to discover.
Find below the essential stages of this mythical route:
The Big Ball
The highest summit of the Vosges with its 1424 meters.
Summer and winter alike, there is room for outdoor activities: mountain biking, hiking, tobogganing, mini-golf, skiing.
The Hohneck Massif
The most beautiful pedestrian escapes await you!
Tanet Lawn of the Faing
Here, many plant species coexist between meadows and forests.
The Lac Blanc towards the Col des Bagenelles
Through stubble, rocks and forests, admire the breathtaking view of the lake.
The Col du Bonhomme
One of the highest peaks in the Vosges with its 949 meters of altitude.”
Passing through the Haut-Koenigsbourg gate is like diving into the world of the Middle Ages! And there are plenty more! …Visit the castles of Alsace!
Built before the 12th century, Bucheneck Castle is located 20 minutes by car from your Best Western Plus Au Cheval Blanc hotel.
Listed as a historic monument since 1984, the building served as a residence for various noble families, but also for the Bishop of Strasbourg. Today, it hosts a museum dedicated to the history of the town of Soultz-Haut-Rhin, from the reception of a garrison of the Order of Malta within its walls to the story of the life of the community. Jew of the city.
Not to be confused with Nuenburg Castle in Germany, this building is only a 25-minute drive from your Best Western Plus Au Cheval Blanc hotel.
Built in the 14th century, the first fortified castle did not survive the disastrous Thirty Years’ War. However, in the 17th century, Abbot Philippe de Loewenstein ordered the building of a new castle, which is the one we can see today.
After many transformations, sometimes workshop, sometimes villa, the castle is today a Cultural and Tourist Center. Visit its gardens, which host temporary exhibitions and events!
Engelburg, the Witch’s Eye
A very frightening name for a castle, the Witch’s Eye was not always nicknamed that. Located about 30 minutes by car from your Best Western Plus Au Cheval Blanc hotel, it was Louis XIV who ordered its destruction in 1673, after the Treaties of Westphalia which attached Alsace to France.
A group of miners is then dispatched, but they end up collapsing the tower of the keep, creating an atypical structure still visible today, a stone circle visible from afar. This is the Eye of the Witch.
The ruins, forgotten for a time, were rediscovered and classified as a historic monument in 1898. Since then, courageous volunteers have made it their mission to restore the building to its original state. An unusual place not to be missed!