In the Kaysersberg Valley, between vineyards and mountains, a free walking tour invites you to escape and discover the cultural and natural wealth of this green valley. You will hike in the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park, in the middle of the mountains, on marked and traced trails. A real “best seller” in Alsace, this hike has been a general success for over 30 years.
The Kaysersberg valley, on the border between Alsace and the Vosges, is a paradise for walkers of all kinds. With Europ’Aventure, all logistics are taken care of: marked trails, quality accommodation, exceptional food, luggage transport, GR© roadbook and information on the region. Everything is planned so that you can make the most of the region and its beauties.
Hiking in freedom – Duration from 5 to 7 days – Departure all year round according to your availability.
Welcome to KAYSERSBERG, a medieval town dominated by the imposing imperial castle. Its cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses and historical monuments are full of charm. It is the birthplace of Doctor Albert SCHWEITZER, Nobel Peace Prize in 1952
We leave the vineyards via the Toggenbach, a pretty wooded valley, and cross a magnificent forest. We stop at the Saint Alexis chapel: legend has it that young girls who pull the bell and circle it 3 times get married within the year. We’re going to green canton. It takes its name from the landscapes that make it up: rolling high plateaus, meadows, forests and hills. We arrive in LAPOUTROIE, a green commune surrounded by meadows and forest and known for its delicious brandies and its famous Munster cheese. (6h/20km/+750m/-540m)
On the third day, our hiking circuit takes us to the Brézouard massif, summit of the Vosges massif and northern limit of the Hautes Vosges (1229 m of altitude) from where we have several magnificent panoramas on the whole massif and the plain of Alsace. We continue our way by the Bagenelles, to finish our day of hiking in BONHOMME, a charming mountain village. (6h/14km/+810m/-550m)
The tour leads us to the pond of Devin, a marsh that abounds in floral varieties and rare species. It is a wild and protected place whose atmosphere immediately seduces. We continue our itinerary in the direction of the Tête Des Faux, a summit that takes its name from the beech forest (Fau in old French) that covered it. We can see ancient remains dating back to the 1914 war because this place was a front line during the First World War. We continue on our way to the impressive site of Lac Blanc, a high altitude lake embedded in a glacial cirque at about 1050 meters above sea level and dominated by the strange “Hans” rock. We arrive in ORBEY, the land of a thousand streams, at the foot of the blue line of the Vosges. (6h/16km/+530m/-690m)
Direction the trembling stone, a monument related to the cult of the druids. We then climb to the ruins of the castle of the Little Hohnack dating from the 11th century. Formerly one of the most beautiful fortresses in Alsace, this medieval castle is the highest in the Vosges mountains and culminates at 940 m altitude. We then arrive in LABAROCHE, a small and very picturesque mountain village. (4h/12km/+450m/-200m)
The tour starts at TROIS EPIS, a famous pilgrimage since the 15th century with a grandiose panorama over the Alsace plain; then we return to the vineyards via TURCKHEIM, a typical village renowned for its rich historical center. We end our hike in NIEDERMORSCHWIHR, a charming little wine village, nestled in the middle of the vineyards, known as “Morswilre” since 1148. It has a rare architectural curiosity: the bell tower with a twisted roof of its church, dating from the 12th century. (4h/12km/+210m/-680m)
End of the stay after breakfast.
Home : day 1, in the late afternoon (the welcome point will be confirmed at the time of booking)
Hiking record delivery.
Dispersal : The last day after breakfast
Supervision: free walking, without a guide. The circuit of the selected hikes is suitable for anyone in good physical condition. 12 to 23 km per stage or 4h to 6h30 of walking per day and 500 to 830 m of ascent.
Accommodation: *** hotels
Luggage: One or two pieces of luggage weighing no more than 15 to 20 kg per person.
Access : possible by car (free parking for the duration of the stay) or by train via Colmar
Dogs : Dogs are welcome on this route. Please note this when booking. A surcharge of €10.00 per night will be added to the invoice.
Dates / prices
Arrival possible all year round and every day of the week and weekend.
Below is the price list per person for 2024. The price depends mainly on the number of nights desired, the type of room and luggage transport.
The price is
|6 nights||775,00 €||945,00 €||725,00 €|
The price includes :
- 6 nights in a hotel with breakfast included
- 4 dinners (drinks not included) (2 free dinners not included in the price in the vineyard)
- 5 take-away food baskets
- 5 days of hiking in freedom
- 1 hiking file (1 copy for 1 to 6 people) deposited at the first hotel on the circuit, including itinerary descriptions and 1 1/25000 hiking map on which the circuit is marked.
- Transfer station-hotel / hotel-station from 2 people (date and time to be specified at the time of booking) or car parking
- Transport of luggage from one hotel to another
The price does not include :
- The drinks
- 2 dinners
- Personal expenses and insurance
- Everything not mentioned in the “Price includes” section.
- Prices are per person
- It is possible to plan a stay of 3 nights, 4 nights or 5 nights. The price is of course adapted!
- Free for children aged 0 to 2 – 50% discount for children aged 3 to 11 (in parents’ room – children’s menu)