Circuit du Sundgau: Château de Ferrette, Loechlefelsen, Grotte des Nains
WanderMicha and Katalin went for a hike.
July 3, 2021
The small Sundgau town of Ferrette looks back on a long history and from the 11th century onwards was the seat of a county that at times ruled the whole of southern Upper Alsace beyond Mulhouse. Later the Habsburgs ruled here and Ferrette (Pfirt) belonged to Upper Austria, after the 30 Years War the region finally fell to France.The first stage of our little tour is therefore the castle ruins above the village, the best starting point for the tour is, by the way, Charles-de-Gaulle-Platz below the church.Via the Rue du Château it goes up to the medieval garden, which is well worth seeing, from here to the left past an old fountain on a path that climbs steeply in serpentines to the castle.The castle ruins consist of an upper and lower castle: the upper castle dates back to around 1100 and was destroyed in the 30 Years War, while the younger lower castle fell victim to the French Revolution. The ruin is freely accessible and offers a great view, especially from the former keep of the upper castle.A varied mountain path then leads from the Burgberg towards the Grotte des Nains, the most spectacular of the numerous Jura rocks along the way is the well-secured Loechle rock. At the Heidenflueh, a picnic area invites you to take a break, then you continue without steep inclines to the Plateau des Nains above the Wolfsschlucht. The gorge and the Grotto des Nains at its end are the second big highlight of the tour - contrary to the old legend, the dwarfs have obviously returned to the cave 😅From the cave it goes through the forest to Lochmatten and from there over a very beautiful path always above a Jura edge towards the Rossberg. The Rossberg tower at almost 700m should be the crowning glory of the round around Ferrette, but in the heavy rain that set in, it would definitely not have been fun anymore ...For this reason we went straight back to Ferrette and the Rossberg has to wait until the next dwarf tour. It won't be long in coming, after all, the little ones want to be visited regularly😋
July 6, 2021
Looks like a nice, dreamy corner!
July 14, 2021
It is indeed a very recommendable corner when the rainy season is over at some point - nice paths, beautiful views and in Ferrette some café terraces for a cozy end - which unfortunately fell into the water with us ... 😕