Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Done by Matthias Brandt and Annett Brandt
First a hint. The indicated average speed is wrong. We needed 8 hours for the 21 km. Our actual running speed was extremely slow. The second stage of our vault crossing on the GR53 is, in contrast to the first stage, peppered with many castles and views and invites you to enjoy. In contrast to the Black Forest, the hiking trails in the Vosges are singletrack, making hiking even more enjoyable.In sunshine we start our hike in Climbach and follow the main road for about 100 meters then turn right in a northerly direction. At the end of the village, the GR53 then runs on narrow paths through the forest to Petit Wingen, a small village. There is the restaurant Le Hohenbourg. It can also be stayed there (see photo). As usual in France, the breakfast costs extra. From Petit Wingen we continue through meadows and then follow the forest on a single trail to the valley. After crossing a road and passing the Etang du Heimbach, we follow an uphill forest road. On this path you will find agates, quartzes or similar. At the Col du Litschhof there is a large refuge with several benches and tables in front of and in the hut. There you can well take a break. Otherwise there is a rest stop in the Gimbelhof or the Chateau Fleckenstein. From the refuge, continue uphill to a trail spider. Here you can then decide whether to make a detour to the castle ruins Löwenstein, Hohenburg and Wegelnburg or not. Otherwise turn left and follow the Sentier des Roches. The GR53 actually passes it at the beginning of the Sentier des Roches, but is much more boring. Since the GR53 and the Sentier des Roches come together again shortly before the castle ruins Fleckenstein here is the more interesting option. The castle ruins Fleckenstein can be visited against admission. The other castle ruins mentioned above can be visited free of charge. We follow the GR53 on the left past the Fleckenstein Castle. which now leads steeply into the valley. In the valley, cross a road and the next to flowing La Sauer and climb up the ridge on the opposite side of the valley and follow the single trail to the castle ruins Froensburg. Another imposing rock castle. From the Froensburg, the GR53 continues on a narrow single trail until we reach another refuge. There we keep left until we reach the Gypsy rock, which can also be climbed via an adventurous staircase. From there you have once again a beautiful view over the Vosges. This is also the last altitude we climb on this stage. From the Gypsy rock it goes down to the Chateau du Wasigenstein. These are actually 2 castle ruins, which are directly, almost like row houses, next to each other. After a visit to the castles, the path leads us to Obersteinbach. With a variant you could still visit the Petit Arnsbourg, which is located above Obersteinbach. However, we did without this time and hiked the signage directly to Obersteinbach. There are three hotels. We stayed at the restaurant-hotel Village-Alsace (a ** - hotel). The food there is awesome, the hotel garden is romantic, the service extremely friendly, the rooms are not all on the state of the art, but sometimes very unusual. So also a trailer can be inhabited. For breakfast there was z. B. also homemade bread and homemade jam. The hotel and in particular the restaurant was an absolute highlight for us and is only to be recommended.
Last autumn we also visited 3 castles near Obersteinbach on a tour. That was great. As well as the ways there. We want to go there too.
Glad you liked our tour. I always find your hikes inspiring. Have z. For example, your turn from the Hauensteiner Schusterpfad on the agenda.
OK. Now I understand, I have only looked at the 3rd stage. The 2nd is really sensational.
For whatever reason, this stage was denied to me by komoot ... unfathomable, but whoever seeks finds it ;-)I've just looked at the complete tour again, say all 3 stages and must say that I like these the best. It may be the length, the pictures, the description ... I can not say for sure. The whole hike was and is awesome - the pictures are super beautiful and your description sensational. Thank you so much
I thank you and I am very pleased that you like our hikes.