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  • Former priory of Feldbach

    Former priory of Feldbach

According to Marc Glotz, "The Sundgau has only two Romanesque churches, both founded by the dynasties which divided the region in the Middle Ages: the Habsburgs and the Ferrettes. If Ottmarsheim evokes Carolingian grandeur, Feldbach recalls the monastic simplicity. We leave it as we return from a pilgrimage, with regained serenity and the impression of having crossed the furtive shadows of the counts. " 

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

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.

Hagenthal Neuwiller hikeHalf day12,5km250m

The Eptingen, already established on the margins of the Sundgau in the XNUMXth century, held the two Hagenthals
and Neuwiller where they lived in comfortable castles. This walk crosses their former seigneury and passes through a bottleneck one kilometer wide between the borders, since Neuwiller forms a sort of French peninsula in Helvetic territory. Text Marc Glotz taken from the hiking guidebook in the Sundgau.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

  • Llamas from the Hornihof farm in Kiffis

    Llamas from the Hornihof farm in Kiffis

This hike will allow you to discover the breeding farm of llamas and Central Asian Shepherd Dogs of the Hornihof, its beautiful forest which offers magnificent panoramas on the Alsatian Jura and Switzerland from the Glaserberg and its picnic air la Neuneich.

Sunday afternoons between 15 and 17 p.m., in at least acceptable weather, there are small free guided tours of the farm which you can take part in spontaneously. To be sure that you will find someone in uncertain weather, you can also register by telephone (03 89 40 33 60). Free access 

Access: from the Col du Blochmont, take the marked “red cross” path on your right just before going down to Kiffis.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

The path of the planets, created by the Astroaspach club in partnership with the Municipality of Aspach, is a 3 km circuit which invites you to discover our solar system in an original way thanks to educational panels representing the distance between the planets on a scale. : 1 meter traveled represents 2 km in space! From the Sun to Neptune, what a journey!

Along the way, you can also enjoy the walk in the forest of Litten, its Chapel (1862) then the rural outskirts of the village, walk in the alleys of Aspach to cross at the end of the route the Jardin des Libellules (garden council dedicated to the preservation of water and biodiversity).

  • Winkel snowshoeing

    Winkel snowshoeing

  • Winkel snowshoeing

    Winkel snowshoeing

March 23th, 2021 : End of season! Long live spring!
The snowshoe circuits can still be done on foot. 
Thank you for respecting the instructions! Be careful not to obstruct private yards by parking.

The town of Winkel and the Sundgau Tourist Office welcome you at a place called "La Charrière" where you can enjoy two marked snowshoe circuits: 

- a PINK circuit with a length of 3 km, ideal for family practice. This small course takes place in 1h / 1h30 and presents no difficulty. It partly follows the circuit of the Moroccans set up in memory of a Moroccan infantry regiment stationed in Winkel during the Second World War. 

- An ORANGE circuit with a length of 6 km for 2h30 / 3h Steps. This very beautiful course will lead you successively to the Allée des Hêtres, to the Neuneich pass to finish with the summit of Glaserberg. Magnificent panoramas over the Alsatian and Swiss Jura will enhance this route all along the route. 

Walking times are indicative. Depending on your walking pace, they may vary. Thanks for taking it into account.

You will enjoy at Winkel de 2 Nordic hiking trails (ungroomed) to be performed in Nordic ski touring or cross-country skiing. These circuits are signposted and have distances of 2,5 km-6,5 km. The tracks are made on skis by volunteers from the first snowfall.

Please note, the site is not suitable for skating as the circuits are not groomed.

Need to rent skis or snowshoes? "Diebolt cycles " in Hirsingue offers a wide choice of Nordic equipment. Snowshoe rental costs € 6 for half a day and € 8 for the day. Sticks are included. 

This hike around Ferrette, the great classic, is the opportunity to visit the ruined castle and the city of the powerful counts of Ferrette. Narrow and romantic trails lead to amazing limestone promontories and the mysterious Dwarf Cave, where a famous legend is told. The route can be extended to include the Rossberg panoramic tower and complete an 8 km loop. To do this, follow the blue disc Vosges club markings along the entire length of the course.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.


  • Guidebook on the heights of Altkirch

    Guidebook on the heights of Altkirch

Explore the heights of Altkirch and the beauty of the Sundgauvian landscape. Get out of the city and follow the route to the Erlen pond before crossing the forest. A beautiful point of view awaits you at the exit of the forest.
Guidebook (pocket of 10 walks) given free of charge at the Tourist Office or downloadable opposite.
Explore Gommersdorf, a very agricultural village rich in pasture and cattle. Do not hesitate to take a look at the pretty traditional houses of the village or the half-timbered facade of the Auberge du Tisserand! In this village was born the association of Maisons Paysannes, and some houses rebuilt at the ecomuseum of Alsace come from Gommersdorf! From the Sainte-Marguerite Chapel, you will take a path that goes in the direction of the Rhône-au-Rhin Canal. You can go along the canal to the Marina of Wolfersdorf. This walking tour will also give you a view of the reservoir.
Guidebook (pocket of 10 walks) given free of charge at the Tourist Office or downloadable opposite.
  • Hiking: The heritage of Wittersdorf

    Hiking: The heritage of Wittersdorf

Explore the heritage of Wittersdorf. Treat yourself to a 9 km walk in the Sundgauvian nature. Stop at Winzerhauesle, where the winegrowers stored their grapes, and take a break to admire two superb views: towards the Schweighof farm and the Notre-Dame d'Altkirch church and towards Wittersdorf, the former vineyard. You can also see the Vosges in the distance.
Guidebook (pocket of 10 walks) given free of charge at the Tourist Office or downloadable opposite.

Friesen presents an exceptional range of half-timbered houses built between 1499 and 1876. Thanks to a meticulous inventory work, the promenade allows the approach of multiple witnesses of a rural world that disappeared forever after the Second World War. A country path then leads to the Chapel of Our Lady of Grünenwald and to Ueberstrass, in the footsteps of the Knights of Malta.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

  • Wolschwiller

    Wolschwiller

The Raemel chain, two kilometers long, bars the horizon and rises to 832 meters above sea level. It is the highest point of the Alsatian Jura, which is reached by a picturesque limestone ridge, the customs or smugglers path, which follows the Franco-Swiss border. Quite sporty walk, embellished with magnificent panoramas over the Swiss Jura.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

  • Fulleren Historic Circuit

    Fulleren Historic Circuit

  • Starting point for the historic Fulleren circuit

    Starting point for the historic Fulleren circuit

Let yourself be told the history of our village ... Take a stroll to discover our heritage, culture and nature, rich in surprises. Treat yourself to an 8 km walk between half-timbered houses, meadows and forest ... Stop at the highest point of Fulleren, to admire the Largue valley and the Vosges that await you. Let yourself be enchanted by the legends of our town. Finally go back in time by discovering the history of our village during the Great War of 14-18 and the disappeared village of Rossburn ...

The forest bordering the town of Durmenach contains a group of 184 large trees, including one called "giant larch". These trees were planted in 1784 by Baron Reutter de Weyl who brought them back from Vorarlberg to Austria. Today labeled, this forest is suitable for a pleasant walk that leads from the valley of the Ill to the old bed of the Rhine, at the foot of the Jura. The well-marked path spares time for rest and leads to a strange crypt, the last vestige of a convent destroyed by the Revolution, where the shadow of an outlawed poet still looms.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

Hirtzbach hike3h8,5km150m

Hirtzbach deserves an in-depth visit. The castle, the English park and the opulent residences of Unterdorf line up wisely on either side of the stream, with beautifully flowered banks in summer. Along the way, a country and forest escapade leads to the site of the disappeared village of Sankt-Glückern and to the Landfürstenweyer, the Princes' Pond, with still water.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

Path through the forest of the municipality of Durmenach. In particular, you will discover a "giant larch". This tree was planted in 1784 and comes from Vorarlberg in Austria. It largely dominates the surrounding forest and cannot be missed.

Course of approximately 5,5 km shaded and pleasant in summer.
Marked green disc.
Départ from the edge of the forest behind the football stadium, at the end of rue du Niesbach.

This small 3 km loop will allow you to discover the ruins from the Landskron castle to Leymen. Departure from Leymen tram station or from the castle car park.

  • Hiking: Bendorf the cave of Dr Herring and the Kastelberg

    Hiking: Bendorf the cave of Dr Herring and the Kastelberg

Bendorf is undoubtedly one of the most well-preserved Alsatian Jura villages. You will not see any corn cultivation there and still beautiful old orchards and pastures for some totally natural. The surrounding forest is beautiful and this course offers many attractions including the cave of Dr Herring, magnificent pasture beeches, prehistoric entrenchments and the Kastelberg site, not to mention the plague cross in Bendorf cemetery and its legend.

Downloadable topoguide below.

This circuit will take you to Place de la République, at the foot of the Fountain of the Virgin and its Gothic pinnacle (there once stood the town's church) and will also allow you to see the former home of the Gilardoni family, specializing in the manufacture of tiles, which made the reputation and pride of the city and the entire region! This circuit would be badly named if it did not also pass by the famous St-Morand church and the lapidary cemetery. Do not forget in passing to contemplate the XNUMXth century Oriel from the "apple house"!
Guidebook (pocket of 10 walks) given free of charge at the Tourist Office or downloadable opposite.

The town of d'Oltingue, in partnership with the ONF, has set up a new 3 km footpath allowing you to discover magnificent remarkable trees.

From the parking lot of the St Brice chapel, this trail, straddling Swiss and French territories, will allow you, among other things, to confront a magnificent beech, the largest in the canton of Solothurn in Switzerland, but also a pedunculate oak, two large Douglas-fir trees or even two Sylvester pines. Possibility to eat on site at the St Brice inn.

750 m long and decorated with 23 terminals, the Sentier des Fosses allows you to discover part of the flora and fauna present in a typical alder-ash-tree.

Crossed by the river "La Loutre", the trail is laid out in a wetland where about 80 pits are identified. Tables are set up near the arboretum for picnics and educational work. Nearby are a Sundgauvian orchard and typical ponds. The trail is accessible from the reception area of ​​the Porte d'Alsace.

A circuit which takes you in the direction of Wittersdorf and near its pond, before passing you through forests, those of Klosterwald and Breitholz more precisely. The Around the Schweighof route through the Breitholz will also allow you to see the Schweighof farm and the Sundgauvian nature in all its splendor!
Guidebook (pocket of 10 walks) given free of charge at the Tourist Office or downloadable opposite.

Discover the village of Bettlach, facing due south, which enjoys a superb panorama over the Alsatian Jura massif. Its forest also hosts vestiges of the Maginot line presented through interesting panels. This line of defense, despite the efforts it will have made, played an ephemeral role during the Second World War. The walk then reaches the Saint Brice chapel, on the heights of Oltingue, mentioned in the XNUMXth century where you can eat in season in the inn which adjoins it.

Downloadable topoguide below.

  • Bettlach Casemate

    Bettlach Casemate

  • Bettlach Casemates Trail

    Bettlach Casemates Trail

In the forest of Bettlach, directly accessible from the town, a path called "casemates" of about 2km, connects three imposing forts of the Maginot Line, built between 1937 and 1940.

This path is lined with excellent explanatory panels that tell the story of this Maginot Line, the colossal efforts it required and the ephemeral role it played at the start of the Second World War.

A beautiful view of the Jura massif spices up this little loop.

  • Morimont Castle

    Morimont Castle

  • Mariastein Abbey

    Mariastein Abbey

The Chemin de Mariastein is a 30 km marked hiking route that crosses the Alsatian Jura, from Levoncourt to Mariastein, taking a former pilgrimage. This route was created at the initiative of the association of Marcheurs de Levoncourt to commemorate the 50st anniversary of the pilgrimage which takes place over one day or in several stages.

The Abbey of Notre-Dame-de-la-Pierre, called in German Mariastein, is an abbey belonging to the Benedictine congregation of Switzerland. It is located in the canton of Solothurn in Metzerlen-Mariastein, about thirty kilometers from the village of Levoncourt. The historic route linking Levoncourt to Mariastein has thus officially become “The Way”, like that of Compostela.

It can be done in one go or in stages, all departures being accessible by car. 

• 1st stage of 8 km: Parking Julien Idoux, Levoncourt - La Charrière, Winkel.
• 2nd stage of 7 km: La Charrière - Col du Blochmont.
• 3rd 9 km stage: Col du Blochmont - Burg (CH).
• 4th stage of 6 km: Burg - Mariastein.

Total distance: 30 km

A 16 km route around Heimersdorf for great walkers! Discover a route that runs along the park of the Reinach Castle (open to the public) and the St-Afre Chapel and cross part of the Hirsingue botanical trail before reaching the Schweighof reservoir. You can see the Vosges, and even the Alps on a clear day.
Guidebook (pocket of 10 walks) given free of charge at the Tourist Office or downloadable opposite.

The walk begins on the site of the Abbey of Lucelle, isolated from the hustle and bustle of the world. The monastery shone brightly for a long time and its history can still be read in the few remaining buildings. From there, a Swiss getaway allows you to discover a curious rock shelter suspended above the nascent river. We then go up to the plateau which overlooks a valley between two wooded ridges and crossed by the winding waters of the Lucelles.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

The walk leads to the heart of the Glaserberg massif, on the heights of Winkel. You will cross the national forest of Saint-Pierre and the Allée des Hêtres, made up of a remarkable alignment in several ways: number (about 40), age (over 150 years), shape and dimensions of beeches (28 m high and 3m in circumference on average) as well as the regularity of the alignment. Once at the Neuneich pass, it is possible to extend the route to the Blochmont pass and the Hornihof farm, which allows you to contemplate magnificent landscapes characteristic of the Swiss Jura. Take advantage of your visit to visit the source of the Ill.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

The landscapes crossed here are among the most beautiful in Sundgau. The Mannlefelsen rock shelter, a major Mesolithic site in Alsace, precedes the Ebourbettes which recount General Giraud's escape in 1942. Further on, the ruins of Morimont offer an interesting history lesson on the adaptation of a medieval castle with guns.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

Speaking of this part of the Sundgau, André Gide wrote: "We are constantly surprised, as we cross the forest, to find ourselves in the presence of an unsuspected sheet, sleeping mysteriously in the shelter of the beech groves; the rushes y adorn narrow sandy beaches, bordering large fields of water lilies, and there are several remains that recall the First World War and the front line between Largitzen and Bisel.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

  • Redevelopment of the entrance to a blockhouse, Km 0 circuit

    Redevelopment of the entrance to a blockhouse, Km 0 circuit

  • French soldiers on the Franco-Swiss border in 1916

    French soldiers on the Franco-Swiss border in 1916

The Km 0 trail allows you to discover on a 7,5 km course, in flat and wooded terrain, the various vestiges of the three fronts: French, Swiss and German. The route can be done in both directions.

From 1871 to 1914, Pfetterhouse was the village of the three borders. The terminal of the three powers, where the borders of France, Switzerland and Germany met, had become a tourist attraction and a place of international conviviality.

In the fall of 1914, the French fixed the start of the Front at the Swiss border of Largin. The boundary marker n ° 111 then became the Zero Kilometer of the Western Front.

The Friends of the Zero Kilometer association works, through this discovery trail, to promote and promote this place steeped in history and symbols.

The work it has undertaken has made it possible to restore several concrete structures on the front line, freely accessible and secure.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

Designed by the students of the Wolfersdorf inter-municipal school, this trail allows you to discover and get to know the inhabitants who inhabit the woods of the village. 

access path by the Lenzweg path (red light near the Town Hall / School), about 2 km from the village center.

For geologists, this part of the Sundgau facing the Porte de Bourgogne is called the Fossé de Dannemarie. From the slight undulations of the landscape, only a wooded hill emerges. It carries, at its top, the church of Gildwiller where looks and prayers converge.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

  • Hiking: Discovery of the Hundsbach valley

    Hiking: Discovery of the Hundsbach valley

The Hundsbach Valley discovery circuit offers you several departures, several paths, for more possibilities! Whichever route you choose, you can discover the village of Franken, Hundsbach and the valley and the Saint-Brice Chapel. Large circuit: 16 km Circuit A: 9 km Circuit B: 9 km
Guidebook (pocket of 10 walks) given free of charge at the Tourist Office or downloadable opposite.

Koestlach has a rich heritage that we offer to discover thanks to the heritage circuit. You have two choices :

1)      The historical circuit through the village to discover the prestigious furniture of the Saint-Léger church, but also the Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs chapel, the legends of Kugele and the village of Erzach, the presbytery of Nicolas Delfis and the remains of 'a former Gallo-Roman establishment.

2)      The walking tour lasting 2h30 / 3h which will take you up the slopes of the Burgerwald to explore the Celtic oppidum of Kasteberg before visiting the village (blue ring markings, distance 7 km, altitude difference 215 m).

Embellished with remarkable viewpoints, themed stations and botanical panels, the trail will take you to a site of great wealth: a forest in the Alsatian Jura. It is notably composed of around thirty wooden sculptures made with a chainsaw.

Two proposed distances: 2 km or 3,2 km.

A wooded hill separates the valleys of Ill and Thalbach. Walking through it, we discover in turn an old vineyard, a quarry marked by drama, a botanical path and the story of an unfortunate general. When you reach the lime kilns at Emlingen, the XNUMXth century suddenly appears, frozen in stone and iron.

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Hiking: Saint-Glucker2h3010,5km200m

This circuit will take you around the Saint-Glucker Chapel (site of the disappeared village of Saint-Léger) and further to the Neiweiher pond. Walk along the stream that crosses the flowered village of Hirtzbach and discover the Reinach Park, the last icehouse in Sundgau, and its castle. Do not hesitate to visit them! You can also see the Sonnenberg Institute, a private school, which in 1850 was a spa. 

Guidebook (pocket of 10 walks) given free of charge at the Tourist Office or downloadable opposite. 

A walking tour that will take you to the highest points where you can see the village of Obermorschwiller and its pond as far as the fields and meadows. You will follow a part of the botanical path and you can see the Wittersdorf vineyard and the Emlingen chapel. Do not hesitate !
Guidebook (pocket of 10 walks) given free of charge at the Tourist Office or downloadable opposite.

Porte du Sundgau, Illfurth is also a high place of history. The fighting of the 1st World War fell in the Sundgau from August 1914. Indeed the French blew up the viaduct of Dannemarie and the front stabilized and extended from the Vosges to the Swiss border.

The front line passed a few kilometers from Illfurth on the Heidwiller side. During this visit, you will discover several bunkers with multiple uses, both ammunition depot, observation post or location of artillery pieces, also the location of a second large cannon located near the Church de la Burnkirch and several casemates.

 Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

This  80 km marked hiking route crosses the Jura massif Alsatian and uses as a common thread the three castles of the territory (Ferrette, Morimont in Oberlarg and the Landskron in Leymen). It offers you the opportunity to recharge your batteries in the soothing setting of an unknown and unspoiled region. Between hiking and discovery, the marked route takes the most beautiful paths and trails that will lead you without great difficulty from one end to the other of this little piece of land forgotten by the frenzy and the ambient agitation. The Alsatian Jura opens its doors to you, it is up to you to enter. 

A complete guidebook details the entire route to download here:
- Stage 1 and 2 Leymen-Ferrette and Ferrette Oberlarg (French)
- Stage 3 and 4 Oberlarg-Lutter and Lutter Leymen (French)
- Stage 1 Leymen-Ferrette (German)

Do not hesitate to request it directly from the Tourist Office, it will be sent to you by email in PDF format or by post.


The circuit of the three castles is roaming over 4 days / 3 nights with a departure recommended at the Town Hall of Leymen. However, it can be done at the start of all stages. Starting the route in Leymen allows you to take advantage of public transport access via the tram from Basel station.

A turnkey stay while roaming with luggage transport is offered to you. The stay is flexible, depending on your means of transport and the place of departure. It can happen:
- in 4 days / 3 nights
- in 4 days / 4 nights

For more information on this traveling trip with luggage transport, click here.

  • Mariastein Abbey

    Mariastein Abbey

  • Landskron Castle

    Landskron Castle

This beautiful hike, with superb panoramas, will allow you to discover the Landskrön castle, a dreaded building until 1814, that a Franco-Swiss association maintained with passion and the Mariastein abbey where crowds of people come to pray every year. pilgrims.

Topoguide on sale at the Tourist Office for the price of 1 € the sheet or 10 € the 17 pedestrian topos. Topoguide downloadable from the website of our partner Visorando.

  • Guide to the Friesen Old Houses and Built Heritage Circuit

    Guide to the Friesen Old Houses and Built Heritage Circuit

The flowered village of Friesen, in the Vallée de la Largue, has conserved around fifty half-timbered buildings, the construction of which spanned from 1497 to 1878: corbelled houses, traditional farms, fountains, monobloc farms, houses of short timber housing, forges ... put on a show.

A guide, available at the Tourist Office, offers you an easy walk through preserved and richly flowered streets to discover this unique heritage, including the oldest half-timbered house known in Alsace.

The skilful geometry of the traditional sundgauvian half-timbered house, the result of a construction technique developed over five centuries by the corporation of carpenters, is revealed there. The old farm buildings, adapted to modern life, have retained all their old-world charm and the geraniums put the finishing touches on the picture.

 

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