Water, water everywhere
Surrounded by the rocks, dense forests and hidden valleys of the Vosges Mountains, we discover the big role water plays in this natural setting. Admire the beauty of water, in all its forms, throughout the seasons.
There are more than 1000 lakes, 440 000 hectares of forests and 2 Regional Nature Parks in the Vosges Mountains.
Lakes of every colour
White, Black and Green lakes: in the Vosges Mountains, the lakes take their names from numerous different hues. We love swimming in them the summer and admiring them covered in ice and surrounded by snow in the winter. The best way to discover the lakes is to lace up your walking boots and take a high-altitude hike through the mountains.
Some lakes have water sports centres during the summer season for swimming in a safe setting.
Rivers across borders
Two rivers take their source in the Vosges Mountains. The 560 km long Moselle River begins in Bussang and crosses a portion of France, Luxembourg and Germany. The Saar River also begins in the Vosges, at the foot of the Donon, and passes through France and Germany.
A piece of Finland
What a journey! We’re overcome with emotion on our afternoon on the Plateau of a Thousand Lakes. Far from the hustle and bustle, we wind through a land of natural beauty filled with thousands of colours. In this area brimming with unique plants and wildlife, we encounter four different dragonfly species in the space of no time.
Waterfalls of memories
A not-to-be-missed experience in the Vosges Mountains: hunting for waterfalls! It all begins with a stop at the Saut des Cuves, where the Vologne River flows into successive waterfalls. Our second stop is at an elevation of 534 m in the Bruche Valley. At the foot of the 25-m tall Nideck Waterfall, we watch as the mountain stream gushes into a wall of rocks. A refreshing spectacle!
A favourite spot
Surrounded by an air of mystery, Maix Lake is one of the many high-altitude lakes of the Vosges Mountains. Come and swim, and then visit the surrounding forest to discover ruins from the Celtic era: a chapel, a crypt and a sarcophagus.
One valley, three lakes
In the Higher Vosges, Gérardmer, Longemer and Retournemer lakes are brimming with tranquillity. The Valley of the Lakes is full of surprises for young and old alike.
Pure, famous water
Celtic and Wattwiller are brands of natural mineral water that take their source in the Vosges Mountains. Naturally pure, these mineral waters are available throughout France and Europe.
More information: parc-ballons-vosges.fr