Done by Matthias Brandt and Annett Brandt
After the 2nd stage had many highlights and at the weekend near the castles are many visitors, the third stage is now very lonely. Although the stage offers beautiful forest and mountain trails, but despite two other castle ruins does not reach the spectacular touch of the previous. At the end of the tour, the observation tower on the Grand Wintersberg, with its 581 hm highest mountain in the northern Vosges, impresses with a very beautiful panorama. The stage is exhausting and there is really no opportunity for a stop. Only off the tour in Windstein is the Hôtel Restaurant du Windstein. At the end of the stage just before the Chalet du Wintersberg we only passed a refuge. Also benches on the way were missing. In the place Wineckerthal we have then explored in a bus stop.The tour starts where we left yesterday. The first piece runs slightly uphill through meadows and fields, later through the forest. There we follow a hang path afterwards. At a crossroads, we keep to the right and do not follow the reference to the Wittschloessel, a sparse and inadequate remnant of a ruin (unpaid). The slope path ends at a roadway, which we first follow uphill. At a curve the GR53 leads us back to a narrow slope path, which we now follow to the top of the hill. There, a sign points to the right to the waterstones. Unfortunately, there is no view. We stay on the GR53 and continue to follow the red rectangle on the descending forest path which leads into a horizontal roadway. Signs already point us to the castle ruin Vieux Windstein. After a few minutes we are standing in front of a locked gate. Here we keep left and climb the mountain to Vieux Windstein. Here caution is required. The rocks and the castle remains are only partially secured. Only experienced people should climb into the castle ruins. From the Vieux Windstein it goes steeply downhill and then immediately steeply uphill again. Shortly afterwards we reach the Nouveau Windstein. This castle ruin is much better preserved and can be visited well. After the castle ruin Nouveau Windstein it is now always downhill to the Wineckerthal. There, the path runs several hundred meters through the village on a paved road. After leaving the village, a narrow forest trail leads us steadily uphill to the Chalet du Wintersberg (a stop would be possible here). At the Chalet du Wintersberg we keep left and climb the Grand Wintersberg on a zigzag path. From the observation tower there (25 m high) you can enjoy the panorama. From there the GR53 runs steeply downhill to Niederbronn les Bains. From there you can easily travel by train via Hagenau back to Wissembourg. The ticket for a mini group of 4 persons and one way ticket costs € 23,20. The ticket machine also works in German. Only the ticket selection is still in French.
insanely moody and very mystical images - quite a great stage - AND what a speed at the track - all respect :-)))
The average speed calculated by Komoot is never right for me. Look at the time.
;-) sometimes komoot is very special :-))) but my admiration remains :-) ggLG
Your hike looks awesome, without your description I would say, The Firecracker.
Great stage, super described and simply great photos!
The pace is really enormous, were finally also a few meters with it. And the pictures are great, I can only connect, really mystical.
Hello Nicole, forget the pace. We needed 7.5 hours for 20 km. Were really slow. We only had a real break, otherwise we just looked at the castle ruins and climbed up the tower. Why Komoot always calculates such a high average speed, I can not understand. The stupid thing is that I have been suggested by Komoot for the weekly tour suggestions only for 2 weeks now only bicycle tours. C'est la vie
That's the price of being the hero of all of us ;-)))
Wow, great tour 👍
Very nice tour and photos, Matthias Brandt.
I missed a lot. I find the region around Climbach with its many castles really exciting. However, I was traveling with the road bike and only visited a castle. With your descriptions, I can now go on a relaxing tour with a pedestrian on Burgentour. Thank you.