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Hiking: The Moroccan Trail and the Source of the Ill

The town of Winkel welcomes you on this tourist trail called "Moroccan Trail" for a meeting with its history and heritage.

Between 1929 and 1940, to guard against any enemy invasion, France built along its borders to the North East a veritable wall of fortified works: the Maginot Line.

In Winkel, in its southernmost part, its unfinished construction between 1939 and 1940 was closely linked to the life of a Moroccan infantry regiment. In their memory, a path already bore their name. It is now quite a journey.

Three circuits are offered: 2,6 km - 3,6 km, 5,6 km.

You will also discover rich, varied environments, typical of the Alsatian Jura, made up of forests, pastures and remarkable landscapes, as well as a set of remains of the Maginot line (casemates, anti-tank defenses, shelters, etc.) today witnesses of history and an authentic element of local identity.

Take advantage of your visit to Winkel to discover the source of the Ill, the main waterway in Alsace, located a few steps from the Sentier des Marocains.


Place of the event / departure:
PArking of the quarry above Winkel
Altitude (m):
  • Panoramic view
Type of tour, itinerary: pedestrian
Circuit themes: wars
Length of circuit / route (in km): 5,6
Cumulative positive elevation (in m): 180
Markup type
  • Vosges club
Type of trail / circuit
  • nature / interpretation discovery trail
Restaurant on site:
  • Restaurant

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- © Source de l'Ill- © Stele in memory of Moroccan skirmishers

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