The perfect place for making memories as a family, for discovery and for escape, the Vosges Mountains are calling. Unique, unforgettable experiences await, whether you’re looking for sports, adventure, nature or are simply curious to explore.
In both summer and winter, rain or shine, discover 8 ideas for activities as a family.
1 Discover Vauban’s fortifications
The majestic citadels designed by the famous architect Vauban tower over the towns. In the Vosges Mountains, 17th and 18th century fortifications can be found in the towns of Belfort and Bitche. Go on an underground visit or follow a visual museum trail: a journey through time for all ages
2 Remembrance as a family
The Vosges Mountains were marked by numerous conflicts, and the marks of this turbulent history can still be seen today. The fortifications of the Maginot Line, Struthof, the Alsace-Moselle Memorial or the Vosges Front (including the Hartmannswillerkopf museum): explore and learn more about the Great Wars on a visit to a remembrance site for a day or a few hours, on a hike or a guided tour.
3 Surround yourself with the magic of Christmas
As the end of the year draws near, towns and villages don their finest decorations and welcome young and old alike to celebrate the wonder of Christmas. In the streets, follow the sweet aromas of gingerbread, mulled wine and Vosges specialties.
4 Share in know-how
In the Land of Glass and Crystal, discover glass arts passed down from generation to generation at the sites of the Terrestrial Stars. The famous Meisenthal Christmas ornaments delight visitors at the end of the year, while the numerous collections in La Grande Place of the Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche crystal works dazzle guests. In Wingen-sur-Moder, the Lalique Museum is a picture of luxury, and in Baccarat, discover world-renowned creations alongside jewellery and perfume.
5 Visit a shiplift
The Saint-Louis-Arzviller shiplift is a unique structure in Europe, there exist only two others of its kind in the world. Explore the shiplift on a guided tour aboard a boat, by foot or on a tourist train. The machine room is also open for guided visits. Follow the Marne-Rhine Canal to Saverne and discover the majestic Rohan Chateau.
6 Museums for all tastes
Whether you enjoy art, history, fashion or crafts, the museums of the Vosges Mountains are brimming with discoveries. At the Textile Museum in Ventron, enjoy a guided tour with commentary and demonstrations, and at the end of the visit, both kids and grownups can try their hand at weaving. Visit the website of the Vosges Mountains to find other ideas for visits as a family.
7 Experience a unique event, the Saint Nicholas Festival
The first weekend in December, the streets of the towns and villages of the Vosges Mountains transform for the traditional Saint Nicholas Festival. On the programme: parades, music and free candy for everyone. Experience this time-honoured tradition as a family!
8 Take a ride on an authentic steam train
The Abreschviller forest train invites families on a 90-minute journey through the forests of the Vosges Mountains. From April to October, discover the mountains in a new light as the locomotive from 1906 winds through the landscapes. At the end of the line, visit the former sawmill of Haut-Fer.