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Itinerant breaks to visit the Three Castles in the Alsatian Jura

Vianney MULLER
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This itinerant hiking trip for 4 days/3 nights through the Alsatian Jura uses the three castles of the territory as a thematic thread. It offers you the possibility to relax in the peaceful setting of an unknown and unspoilt region. Between hiking and discovery, the signposted route follows the most beautiful roads and trails that take you without much difficulty from one end to the other of this small piece of land, far from the usual frenzy and agitation of everyday life. Sundgau opens its doors to you. It's up to you to enter.

The three castles circuit can be undertaken while starting from any of the stages. Starting the route in Leymen enables access via tram from the main Basel train station.

Flexible break, depending on your means of transport and the place of departure.
The following permutations are possible:
- 4 days/3 nights
- 4 days/4 nights

Example of a 4 days/3 nights break


Day #1: Arrive in Leymen during the morning, parking at the Town Hall. Departure by footpath from Leymen Town Hall, destination Ferrette, a picturesque medieval town characterized by its 12th century castle. Along the trail: St Brice's Chapel, the Farming Museum and St Martin's Church in Oltingue; the Cave of the Dwarfs, the belvederes of Lochlefelsen and the Castle of Ferrette.

Restaurant dining in Oltingue is possible (but not included)

Stage #1: LEYMEN-FERRETTE: 22km with a gradient of 670m and about 5 hours 30 mins walk without stops

Day #2: Depart from Ferrette for Morimont castle; discover the panoramic views of Rossberg, the source of the River Ill, the Moroccan Trail in Winkel, crossing a ford, the source of the Largue and Mannlefelsen Cave in Oberlarg.

Restaurant dining in Winkel possible (but not included)

Step #2: FERRETTE-MORIMONT: 15.5 km with a gradient of 500m and approximately 3 hours 45 mins walk without stops (or FERRETTE-LUCELLE: 25 km with a gradient of 950m and about 6 hours 15 mins walk without stops) 

Day #3: Depart from Morimont for Lutter. Discover the well-preserved forests of the Alsatian Jura, the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey and the Lake Lucelle nature reserve; the sumptuous Beech Alley and the magnificent panorama of the Hornihof peaks in Kiffis.

Step #3: MORIMONT-LUTTER: 23 km with a gradient of 680m and about 5 hours 30 mins walk without stops (or LUCELLE-LUTTER: 13.5 km with a gradient of 280m and about 3 hours 30 mins walk without stops)

Day #4: Depart from Lutter for Leymen via Mariastein. Discover Wolschwiller National Biological Reserve, summit and panoramic tour of Raemelsberg, Bürg Castle (CH), Mariastein pilgrimages (CH), Landskron Castle in Leymen. Lunch possible in Bürg or Mariastein (but not included)

Stage #4: LUTTER-LEYMEN: 20 km with a gradient of 660m and approximately 4 hours' walk without stops

Total distance on day four: 80 km with a gradient of 2450m

Circuit and level of difficulty:

The proposed stages require walking times ranging from 4 hours 30 mins to 6 hours. The longest stages can be shortened. Such possibilities are presented in the guidebook provided on arrival. The paths taken are easy, well maintained and marked with the logo of the Three Castles Trail combined with the signposting of the Club Vosgien. Thus, you can undertake this circuit in complete safety. A topoguide completes this marking out and provides much additional information on the natural, historical and tourist sites encountered. The route crosses the French-Swiss border so don't forget your passport.

Reservations: www.destination-haute-alsace.com

3A  route de Lucelle
68480  Ferrette et le Jura alsacien
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Fax : 03 89 40 33 84
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1a rue de la 1ère armée
68480 Ferrette
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Theme of discovery excusion/holiday :
  • Nature discovery
  • Heritage
  • Walking
  • Sports
Type of holiday :
  • Adult holidays
  • Stay for group
  • Stay for individual
  • Group
Commentaire court EN :
Transport of luggage ensured!
Length of visit/event :
4 days / 3 nights
Stay organised by :
Offer period :
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Accomodation during stay :
Included in stay :
Half board (incl. drinks)
Marketing method :
  • Reservations office
  • Sur Internet
The rate includes: :
3 nights half board in a double room (single room supplement) - 3 dinners (3-course local produce menu),3 Hiker's breakfasts - guidebook for visiting the three castles describing the walking route - luggage transport: this service allows you to travel light and just carry your daily personal things while your bags are taken from one hotel to the next. Optional: - additional night - mountain guide (minimum of 4 persons) - guided visit of one or more castles (minimum of 4 persons) - lunch basket
The rate does not include: :
- Tourist tax - drinks - personal expenses - transport, personal expenditure, insurance costs and administrative fees.

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