Sundgau Picnic Areas
What could be more romantic than having a romantic picnic in the walls of the ruins of the Château de 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 will be able to frolic as they please, pretending to be a knight, a princess, a king, a reindeer or the last Count of Ferrette.
Ferrette castle has 2 tables for 6 people each distributed over the lower castle. It is of course tolerated to make a 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 picnic area called Au Clair de l'Enseli is located at the start of the Mélèzes de Durmenach forest circuit, a superb short walk of 5 km / 1h30-2h) to be done 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 play there in peace. You cannot access it directly by car but it is possible to park a few dozen meters from the area.
The Koestlach forest hut is located at the foot of the Kastelberg, at the site of a forest crossing. Built from an assembly of fir 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 a picnic in the shelter. Note that this cabin is not closed and therefore does not have interior heating. Its capacity is 20 to 30 people inside (2 tables / benches of 10/15 places) and 10/15 people on the table / bench located under the awning. It includes a total of three tables / benches.
Access by car is prohibited (only one vehicle authorized for people with reduced mobility and supplies).
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 car park, where a first picnic area is available (a barbecue and a table / bench), you take a path that climbs for a hundred meters to reach a plateau where the picnic area is located. nicer of Ferrette. Access by car directly to the area is prohibited. Exceptionally, however, authorization may be requested from the town hall to drop off the equipment by 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 beautiful view of the foothills of the Alsatian Jura. The sunsets over the Vosges are splendid there.
We advise you to bring your own grill, the two barbecue areas being in average condition.
If there is one place where it is pleasant to enjoy 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 small, unpretentious picnic area consists of 3 tables / benches for 24 people. It is not possible to make a fire there, but the panorama over the Swiss Jura largely compensates for this shortcoming.
In an idyllic setting, in the communal forest of Bettlach, on the road to Hagenthal, on the right, at a place called “Wãldfest”, there is a shelter built from a trunk of fir trees commonly called Fuste.
This sturdy chalet replaced a small forest hut which, after three decades of good service, was demolished because it was dilapidated and dangerous. It is equipped with 3 tables of 10 places 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 a declaration of intent, description of the event, indication of the number of people and cars (approximate). The rental is due immediately + a deposit (check deposit).
The Mayor's authorization is subordinate to departmental directives (weather alerts) and therefore the authorization will lapse in the event of an obvious 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, to 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 to make verbalize for any noted infringements.
Of course, hikers and walkers can freely take advantage of this shelter during their visits.
This picnic area is located on the Keucht parking space which allows direct access to the dwarf cave in 10 minutes on foot. Very shaded, this small area offers a barbecue area but you will need to bring your own grill. You will also find 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.
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.
Located at an altitude of 730m at the Neuneich pass, on the heights of Ligsdorf, this picnic area was fitted out by the ONF and offers a small shelter with a table for 6 to 8 people. Two barbecue facilities are available outside, along with seven other picnic tables. You should bring your own barbecue grill. This area offers a magnificent panorama over 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 difficulty.