Going on holiday in France? How about a French holiday in a holiday home in the Vosges. In ancient mountain range in north-western France you find yourself on the other side of the world while you are actually close to home! The Vosges has a rich history, diverse landscape with forests, meadows, lakes and mystical views. Are you fond of walking, hiking or mountain biking and want to get away from the crowds? Enjoy the clean mountain air and visit picturesque villages. Or just take it easy? Then the Vosges are the place to be!
The Vosges can be divided into the High and the Low Vosges. Both areas have their own charms.
The High Vosges is one of the most densely forested areas of France, ready to be explored, with unprecedented landscapes with the possibility to encounter wild chamois! So ideal for an adventurous holiday! Literally a highlight is the summit of the Grand Ballon (1,424 m. high), where the Swiss Alps are visible on a clear day! In the winter, the High Vosges offer ski facilities.
In all seasons, food and boat lovers should visit the French village of Gerardmer, in the heart of the High Vosges. This romantic village is located on a large lake and has over fifty restaurants.
Less rugged and off course lower are the Low Vosges. Here you are far away from mass tourism. Enjoy the gentle, rolling countryside with babbling brooks, Celtic remains and the largest deciduous forest of France. The Low Vosges has a mild climate and the scattered picturesque villages, mostly situated around there churches, seem to be frozen in time.
Meet the municipality Martinvelle, against the department of Haute-Sâone, an originally Roman settlement. See the houses that are hundreds of years old, the wash-houses fed by local springs and the restored church dating back to the 12th century. There are many hikes in the area of this municipality.
Strolling through Epinal, visit this capital of the Vosges and the ruins of a castle from the 13th century. An experience for young and old: Treetops Trail in the Parc Aventure Bol d'Air in La Bresse. Keep a close look at the local agenda, because especially in the early and high season you can wander endlessly through typical French flea markets for goodies or just for a holiday feeling.
Fancy something different? Go and eat at the farm in the so-called “Ferme-auberge”. At least 51% of the meat, vegetables and fruit are from the farm! Super fun for children too.
The Vosges has a wine route of no less than 180 km (110 miles) long: The Routes des Vins. Enjoy the pastel-coloured villages and stunning scenery and of course: a good glass of wine! Do you have more time available? Then go to one of the many thermal baths and spas.