Sundgau Picnic Areas
What could be more romantic than having a romantic picnic within the ruins of the castle of Ferrette where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the first foothills of the Alsatian Jura. Do you prefer to come with your family? Children can frolic at their leisure, take themselves for a knight, a princess, a king, a reindeer or for the last Count of Ferrette.
The Château de Ferrette has 2 tables for 6 people each spread over the lower château. It is of course tolerated to make fire on two dedicated sites. On the other hand, you will need to bring a grid and play with ingenuity to wedge it on a few stones.
The sunsets at the castle are magnificent!
The Koestlach forest hut is located at the foot of the Kastelberg, at the site of a forest crossing. Built from an assembly of pine trunks, it can be rented for an evening from the town hall. It remains freely accessible for hikers except rental. With an outdoor barbecue area, it is ideal for picnics in the shelter. Note that this cabin is not closed and therefore does not have interior heating. Its capacity is 12 people. It includes two tables / benches.
The Heidefluh picnic area is located on the heights of Ferrette. To access it, you must park in the so-called Keucht car park (see map). From the parking lot, where a first picnic area is available (a barbecue and a table / bench), you take a path that climbs a hundred meters to reach a plateau where the picnic area is located. more nice of Ferrette. Access by car directly to the area is prohibited. An authorization may however be exceptionally requested from the town hall to deposit the vehicle in a vehicle.
The area has 3 tables for 6/8 people, 2 barbecues and three benches (not movable). The area is quite large, well shaded and above all it enjoys a very beautiful view of the foothills of the Alsatian Jura. The sunsets over the Vosges are splendid.
We advise you to bring your grill, the two barbecue areas being in average condition.
This picnic area is located on the parking lot of the Keucht which allows direct access to the dwarven cave in 10 minutes on foot. Very shaded, this small area offers a barbecue area but you will need to bring your grill. You will also find there a table / bench for 6 to 8 people. A second area, with more capacity, is located a hundred meters higher, at a place called Heidefluh. It has the advantage of presenting a superb belvedere.
If there is indeed a place where it is pleasant to taste a sandwich, it is undoubtedly on the picnic area of Kiffis, a small town located on the borders of the Alsatian Jura, just in front of Switzerland.
This unpretentious little picnic area consists of 3 tables / benches for 24 people. It is not possible to light a fire, but the panorama of the Swiss jura more than makes up for this shortcoming.
In an idyllic setting, in the municipal forest of Bettlach, on the road to Hagenthal, on the right, at a place called "Wãldfest", is a shelter built in the trunk of fir trees commonly called Fuste.
This solid chalet replaced a small forest shed which, after three decades of good service, was demolished because it was dilapidated and dangerous. It is equipped with 3 tables of 10 seats each and a place for barbecue.
This log can be reserved for various family gatherings and events of all kinds (strict conditions with written authorization).
Rental information: go to the town hall by appointment (Tel: 0 389 407 002) to obtain written authorization with declaration of intention, description of the event, indication of the number of people and cars (approximate). The rental is due immediately + a deposit (check deposit).
The authorization of the Mayor is subject to departmental directives (weather alerts) and therefore the authorization will lapse in the event of a manifest alert (in this case the rental will be reimbursed) and no compensation from the municipality is granted.
The authorizations granted will be transmitted to the green brigade, the ONF and the National Gendarmerie) which, authorities as well as the representatives of the municipality, will be able to control at any time and have them fined for any infringements noted.
Of course, hikers and walkers can freely take advantage of this shelter during their visits.
Located at 730m above sea level at the Neuneich pass, on the heights of Ligsdorf, this picnic area was arranged by the ONF and offers a small shelter with a table for 6 to 8 people. Two barbecue facilities are available outside with seven other picnic tables. You should bring your grill for the barbecue. This area offers a magnificent panorama of the Alsatian jura and is an ideal starting point for walks and hikes in the heart of the Glaserberg forest. Possibility of making small family loops without difficulties.
The picnic area called Au Clair de l'Enseli is located at the start of the circuit of the Mélèzes forest in Durmenach, a superb little walk of 5 km / 1h30-2h) to do with the family. This space includes a semi-open wooden shelter erected in 2018 with table and bench (6-8 people), an outdoor table / bench that can accommodate 6 to 8 people as well as a barbecue area. The site is shaded and very pleasant since a small river flows right next to it. Children can quietly play there. You will not be able to access it directly by car but it is possible to park a few tens of meters from the area.
The Banholtz shelter is a log cabin (log cabin) located at the end of the rue de Ferrette, on the edge of the forest, on the heights of the town of Hirsingue. It can be rented from the town hall but remains freely accessible from 8 a.m. to 22 p.m. when it is not reserved.
It has three large tables / benches that can accommodate 12 people, ie a capacity of nearly 40 people under cover. Two of the tables being inside the hut, the third, at the entrance under the awning.
A barbecue set-up is available next to the hut. However, it is necessary to bring your own wood. A second barbecue arrangement is available on the other side of the square with two tables / benches for 8 people each.