Past countless castle ruins that tell exciting stories, through picturesque valleys and alongside splashing rivers. You pedal up through the vineyards where Riesling slowly matures and stands in contrast to the rugged landscape of the Vosges hills all around. You're here for the pure nature; and with little more than a tent and a sleeping bag for luggage, you're here to get close to it. The Alsace offers the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable bikepacking trip along the German-French border.
When it comes to cycling, one thing is typical of the Vosges: It's never flat. A basic level of fitness can't do any harm in order to manage the constant ups and downs, even if the route is always easy to ride and won't present you with any technical difficulties.
And one thing is for sure: You won't get bored on the way. A 267-mile (430-kilometer) journey of discovery awaits you, taking you from traditional French agriculture to historic buildings, magnificent churches and monasteries, breathtaking plateaus with fantastic views and beautiful lake landscapes, as well as a whole lot of food: Flammkuchen, Gugelhupf, Coq au Vin or apple pie — all the delicacies that are at home here. And don't forget the Reisling.
We have arranged this Trans-Vosges-Tour in such a way that it works best for bikepacking. Both the start in Wissembourg and the end in Thann are well connected to the railway network, and we've already picked out a swimming pool at the end of your journey so you can freshen up for the return trip home. Each stage ends at a good place to spend the night, with the various day-tours ending at either a campsite or a village. All you have to do is pack up your things and get going.
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Last updated: December 14, 2021
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The first stage of the "Traversée du massiv Vosgien" - the crossing of the Vosges - starts directly on the German-French border in Wissembourg. The city is not only beautifully situated, but also a convenient starting point, because you can easily reach it by train, so that you can arrive relaxed.
Castles, rivers and a constant ups and downs - these are the relaxing conditions for the second stage of a peaceful and relaxing crossing of the Vosges Mountains near the German-French border.
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The further south you get, the higher are the hills of the Vosges, which also show their best side on the third leg of our Trans-Vosges tour.
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Today, it's high. You crack the 800 meters border twice. With everything that goes with it. Crisp climbs but also great views and wonderful descents. You drive through vineyards and forests, up to castle ruins and an old monastery, down into lush river valleys.
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Today you can take a deep breath. Literally. Because today's stage destination is called Aubure - a picturesque village and official climatic health resort. And although Aubure is so small, you can see a lot there and get to know Alsace from its most natural side.
Alsace can be quite exhausting. That…
Two times you crack the magic limit 1000 today. Thanks to moderate climbs and manageable distance this stage is still a true pleasure ride.
Towards the end of the tour, a real highlight awaits you, and you may feel the need to just stay here. Not only that cool bike park is waiting for you here. The whole…
More Vosges is not working. Today you cycle through the "Regional Natural Park Ballons des Vosges" more or less parallel to the Vogesenkammstraße, the "Route des Crêtes", an old military road that runs west of the Vosges mountains. The good news is that while this road is a popular tourist destination…
Before you have completely crossed the Vosges, a few highlights wait for you - in the truest sense of the word. With the leek head you climb today one of the highest mountains in the low mountain range and can enjoy a few times the great view that our route parallel to the well-known "Route des Crêtes…
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