Impressive by its grandness, the Vosges Mountains covers a large area of the Alsacian territory. Taking the Crest Road is the ideal route to admire the Vosges Mountain passes, round-topped mountains, lakes and stubble. It passes through the Grand Ballon at 1,424 m, the Markstein, the Hohneck and the Col de la Schlucht. The round-topped mountains of the Vosges can easily be crossed: you can access the High-Stubble starting from the Doller, Thur, Florival, Munster, Weiss and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Valleys.
Created in 1975, the Regional Nature Park of the Northern Vosges currently encompasses 113 villages. This natural heritage shelters a varied wildlife and flora. Its landscape is composed of clearings, lakes and forests and its history is also rich. The Park encompasses various areas such as the Upper-Vosges and their wooded slopes, the Vosges and Upper-Rhine valleys and the Alsacian wine-growing piedmont. The location is idyllic, for a day or a stay, to go hiking on the marked trails or to impregnate the Alsacian cultural heritage by visiting fortified castles and museums. The opportunities of discovering the folk arts and traditions are also numerous.
As for the Regional Nature Park of the Ballons des Vosges, created in 1989, it is located over three regions including Alsace. This natural heritage is composed of peat bogs, beech and fir groves, high-stubble, chalk grasslands and various waterways. Five nature reserves thus participate in protecting these abundant environments, which are living symbols of the Vosges Mountains.