The Sundgau in 24 hours
If I only had one day to discover the Sundgau, I would start with Ferrette, a small town full of character where children and adults like to trudge, especially to access its castle. You should know that Ferrette is unique precisely because the town took root at the foot of the castle, which is now in ruins. The latter is of course worth the detour, if only for the panorama it offers to visitors who reach its humble summit at 612m above sea level.
Visit the castle of Ferrette it is not to visit a castle, but two castles since it was indeed composed of two distinct fortifications. In addition to the castle, the city located at its feet is worth a detour with in particular the listed town hall which recently houses a small museum and the church dedicated to Saint Bernard de Menthon, Patron Saint of the mountain people because yes, Ferrette is the capital from the Alsatian Jura, the only small mountain massif in the Sundgau and a curiosity in the Alsatian landscape.
If the view of the castle has not completely delighted you then I invite you to make a jump to the Rossberg tower proudly enthroned at the top of the eponymous mountain, a stone's throw away. This old tower, 20m high, all in metal, offers the courageous who have braved the vertigo to enjoy a beautiful 360 ° panorama.
Ferrette cannot leave without having seen dwarfs cave where a famous legend is told that I tell and tell my daughter over and over again with a certain pleasure. Beyond the small crevice serving as a natural theater for our history, the site is best visited for its natural cliffs almost incongruous at this place. They are also accessible in complete safety and there again a very beautiful point of view awaits the visitor.
You visit Ferrette on a Saturday, so don't leave the Comtale city without having tasted a beer or two. at Radwulf, the local brewer who designs countless beers according to the seasons in a very pleasant setting. You can of course leave with a few beers in your bag!
If it's time to eat, I would go either to the Cheval Blanc de Ferrette or to the Hotel Restaurant chez Collin. They are two family restaurants, you eat well, with simple and authentic cuisine. References to Ferrette. If the weather is fine and you want to have a picnic instead, then I would advise you to stop by the most famous cheese maker in the sector, Master Antony, which will make you travel throughout France with its cutting-edge selection of cheeses accompanied by good peasant bread and of course a good bottle of red. His dispensary will offer you this very French triptych!
After Ferrette, I would take the road towards Oltingue which is home to a mysterious church lost in a rural and bucolic setting. Within it, you will discover Merovingian tombs exhumed during excavations carried out at the end of the 1980s. What makes this church original is that the said tombs have remained intact, open, the skeletons still visible!
In its heart, in addition to beautiful frescoes from the 13e century, a rope escapes from the roof… ask the children to pull on it and they will be afraid when the tension sounds the death knell!
Depending on the season and the day, a little jump Farmer's Museum imposes itself in the center of Oltingue! For three francs six sous (in reality 2,5 €), you will discover the peasant life of the past so characteristic of our dear Sundgau.
After Oltingue, I would go to Landskron castle, above the Leimental valley. It is the best preserved of the three buildings in the Alsatian Jura. There again, you will have to climb a few steps to access a breathtaking view of the Alsatian Jura and the city of Basel.