Hiking trip in roaming of the Three Castles of the Alsatian Jura
This walking touring stay of 4 days / 3 nights (from € 230 incl.VAT / pers on half board) crosses the Alsatian Jura massif and uses the three castles of the territory as a common thread (Ferrette, Morimont and Landskron castles). It offers you the possibility of recharging your batteries in the soothing setting of an unknown and preserved region. Between hiking and discovery, the marked route follows the most beautiful paths and trails which will lead you without great difficulty from one end to the other of this little piece of land forgotten by the frenzy and the surrounding bustle. The Alsatian Jura opens its doors to you, it is up to you to enter.
The circuit of the three castles can be made 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.
Flexible stay, depending on your means of transport and the place of departure. It can be achieved:
- in 4 days / 3 nights
- in 4 days / 4 nights
Example of the stay 4 days / 3 nights
Day 1 : Arrival in Leymen in the morning, parking at the town hall. Start of the walking tour from Leymen town hall to reach Ferrette, a picturesque medieval town characterized by its 12th century castlee century. On the way: St Brice chapel, Farmer's museum and St Martin d'Oltingue church; Cave of the Dwarfs, belvedere of the lochlefelsen and the castle of Ferrette.
Lunch in a restaurant possible in Oltingue (not included)
Accommodation possible the day before in Leymen in guest house (see partners below)
Step 1 : LEYMEN-FERRETTE: 22km and 670m of elevation gain, about 5h30 walk without stops
Day 2 : Departure from Ferrette to reach the Château du Morimont; discovery of the panorama of the Rossberg tower, the source of the Ill and the path of the Moroccans at Winkel, the passage of the ford, the source of the Largue and the Mannlefelsen cave in Oberlarg.
Lunch in restaurant possible in Winkel (not included)
Step 2 : FERRETTE-MORIMONT: 15,5 km and 500m of elevation change, approximately 3h45 of walk without stops (or FERRETTE-LUCELLE: 25 km and 950m of elevation, approximately 6h15 of walk without stops)
Accommodation: Morimont Hotel ou Petit Kohlberg Hotel ou European meeting center in Lucelle (Depending on the accommodation chosen, steps 2 and 3 have their lengths changed but the total distance over 4 days remains the same).
Day 3 : Departure from Morimont to join Lutter. Discovery of the preserved forest of the Alsatian Jura, the remains of the Cistercian abbey and the Lac de Lucelle nature reserve; from the sumptuous Beech Alley and the magnificent panorama of the ridges of the Hornihof in Kiffis.
Step 3 : MORIMONT-LUTTER: 23 km and 680m of elevation change, approximately 5:30 hrs walk without stops (or LUCELLE-LUTTER: 13,5 km and 280m elevation changes, approximately 3:30 hrs walk without stops)
Accommodation: Peasant inn in Lutter
Day 4 : Departure from Lutter to join Leymen via Mariastein. Discovery of the Wolschwiller State Biological Reserve, summit and panoramic tower of the Raemelsberg, Bürg Castle (CH), Mariastein pilgrimage (CH), Landskron castle in Leymen. Lunch possible at Bürg or Mariastein (not included)
Step 4 : LUTTER-LEYMEN: 20 km and 660 m of elevation, about 4 h 00 walk without stops
Accommodation: Guest rooms in Leymen
Total distance over four days : 80 km and 2450m elevation
Circuit and difficulties :
The proposed stages require walking times ranging from 4:30 to 6:00. The longest stages can be shortened. These possibilities are presented on the guide provided upon your arrival. The paths taken are easy, well maintained and marked with the logo of the Circuit des Trois Châteaux combined with the official markup of the Club Vosgien. Thus, you will be able to complete this circuit in complete safety. A guidebook completes this markup and provides a lot of additional information on the natural, tourist and historic sites crossed. The route crosses the Franco-Swiss border, bring your identity documents.
Accommodation partners : see below
- Nature / environment
- Heritage / culture
- Family stay
- Group stay for adults
- Individual stay
- Group stays
- Half board (drinks included)
- - 3 nights in a double room and half board (individual room supplement) - 3 dinners (three-course local menu), 3 hiker's breakfasts - a guidebook for visiting the three castles and describing the walking route - baggage transport: this service allows you to travel light by carrying only your day's belongings because your baggage is taken care of from one hotel to another. Optional: - an additional night - accompaniment of the stay by a medium mountain guide (from 4 people) - guided tour of one or more castles (from 4 people) - lunch pack
- - Tourist tax - Drinks - Personal expenses - transport, personal expenses, insurance and administrative costs.