What to do with children
Come and collect your reward at the Tourist Office! (pay attention to opening hours)
Come and collect your reward at the Tourist Office! (pay attention to opening hours)
Embellished with remarkable viewpoints, themed stations and botanical panels, the trail will take you to a site of great wealth: a forest in the Alsatian Jura. It is notably composed of more than fifty wooden sculptures made using several techniques: chainsaw, wood chisels, wood lathe, etc. Children love it! Possibility of strolling in the village to admire about thirty stork nests.
Two proposed distances: 2,4 km or 3,4 km.
Located in Altkirch and near Switzerland (Basel) and Germany (Friborg), the CRAC Alsace is a contemporary art center dedicated to research and creation which, through the design of exhibitions, d editions and specific actions of mediation, endeavors to support artistic production by promoting encounters between the public, artists and works.
COMMON VISITS TO EXHIBITIONS
The public service offers guided tours of the exhibitions throughout the year.
Every Saturday and Sunday at 15 p.m., mediations are organized.
Mediators accompany you in the exhibition and give you keys to understanding the works on display.
Guided tours of the exhibitions are also offered all week by appointment.
Ferrette castle is one of the oldest in Alsace. Its first mention dates back to 1105. It was one of the main possessions of the counts of Ferrette, a dynasty which was formed by sharing the inheritance of the counts of Montbéliard. Seven counts of Ferrette will follow one another.
After the death of the last count, the county passed to the house of Austria through the marriage of Joan of Ferrette with Duke Albert II of Habsburg in 1324. The castle then became the residence of an Austrian bailiff.
The ruins of the castle are made up of two parts:
- the upper castle, the oldest, consists of a residential tower carved in limestone and on several levels, one of the first of this type in Alsace. A platform allows you to enjoy a superb panorama of the Vosges, the Black Forest and the Jura.
- the lower castle has several round towers open to the throat and equipped with fire mouth.
Free visit all year round. Guide to discovering the castles of the Alsatian Jura available at the Tourist Office (3 €). Parking at the foot of the castle in front of the old court or at the Tourist Office. Allow 45 to 60 minutes for a free visit of the castle. You can download the sound points for free to listen to them on site.
It was transformed into a garrison according to Vauban's plans (1689), burned and bombed in 1817 and finally classified as a Historic Monument in 1923. XNUMXth century dungeon, towers, remains of the chapel and the well offer a pleasant green stroll. . Free visit all year round.
Nestled in lush greenery, the Château du Morimont is mentioned for the first time in 1183 and controlled the upper valley of the largue. It was destroyed during the Thirty Years' War by French troops.
In 1826, a group of Jura patriots took an oath there to free their country from the Bernese yoke to form a new canton, which was the case in 1978.
Visit of the ramparts, guard towers, an exceptional vaulted cellar whose dimensions make it unique in Alsace. An access path allows you to go around the castle.
A guidebook entitled "Discovering the Three castles of the Alsatian Jura" presents the castle and offers a walking tour around the castle.
The La Clé des Champs association offers activities and educational support to schools and families in a "life-size" farm suitable for hospitality.
Located in Bouxwiller, this associative educational farm, reception, entertainment and sales, can be visited with family or groups. The quality animations are offered by professionals.
Free visit during the week Monday to Friday, 15 p.m. to 30 p.m., independent visits, without animation or leader (excluding weekends and public holidays). Come discover the farm animals and enjoy a bucolic, welcoming and diverse site. Entrance: 1 €
Annual membership per family: € 5
all year round, by reservation:
- randonner with a donkey with family for the day 5€0 or half day 30 €
- Birthday at the farm Wednesday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 14 p.m. to 17 p.m. 100 € ; Saturday from 14 a.m. to 17 p.m. 150 €
- Investigation on the farm: Go with your family to investigate the animals to discover the author of the theft of Ms. Hen's golden eggs, possible activity Monday to Friday at 15 p.m. (approximately 30 hour) 5 € snack included
at each school holiday, by reservation:
- themed family workshops: milking goats, making bread, feeding animals ... from 15 p.m. to 30 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding weekends and holidays)
and during the summer holidays 2021:
- Farmer's seed week (welcoming children participating in the day for one week this summer). Planning, modalities and reservation to see with the teaching team.
- Adopt a rabbit for a fixed period of time € 20 the first week, € 5 the following weeks
- Discover the cycles of life: Via the rental of an incubator, experience the hatching and rearing of little chicks live for 6 weeks of wonder, then return to the farm of your boarders. 80 € for 6 weeks
- randonner with a donkey in a group with a guide every Wednesday from 13 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Associative shop from February to November between 15 p.m. and 30 p.m. Monday to Friday:
This space offers you within the associative shop: products resulting from the activities of the association (eggs, vegetables, fruits, syrups, jams, apple juice, various objects made by our volunteers), local productions, souvenirs, ... as well as '' a small refreshment bar
The Enchanted Forest of Altkirch, an original and unique concept in Alsace, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021! Embark on an extraordinary journey through the tales and legends of Sundgau and Alsace.
The Christmas period is atypical in Altkirch, no traditional Christmas market but magical decorations and illuminations, scenographies and original digital creations transforming the entire city center into a magical forest. Each year the Enchanted Forest stages around ten tales and legends from Sundgau and Alsace. Forest animals, mysterious characters and magical settings settle down in the city center to transport you to a fantastic world.
This year the Enchanted Forest will meet you from December 4, 2021 to January 2, 2022. In addition to the usual scenographies, the Enchanted Forest takes over and magnifies the Jardins des Remparts, the new city park.
Entertainment is making a big comeback in 2021, to the delight of young and old! The village of craftsmen, local craftsmen's market will be set up in the courtyard of the Sundgauvien Museum. The open-air ice rink will also be back on the Place de la Halle au Blé. Vendors of mulled wine, pancakes, waffles, etc. who had missed us so much in 2020 will also be there! Altkirch will be lively throughout the month of December with entertainment at the ice rink on Friday evenings, two street shows, storytelling tours offered by the Tourist Office and the highlight of the show is a new mapping (sound and light) on the facade of Notre-Dame d'Altkirch church, every evening from 17:05 p.m. to 20:05 p.m.
To discover all the wonderful details of this 25th edition, come to Altkirch from December 4th!
You can find the plan of the enchanted forest scenes on:
The rocks of the Cave of the Dwarves form an impressive gorge about 25 meters high called Erdwibalaschlucht (the parade of the little women of the earth) and formed by the working of water in the karst limestone. According to legend, these little women of the earth lived with the Erdmanala (little men of the earth) inside the Cave of the Dwarves. Located at the bottom of the gorge, the cave takes on the appearance of a slit that opens in the rock wall and continues through two guts, all developed over about fifteen meters.
Above the gorge, you can access the Plateau des Nains. From there, we have a beautiful view of the Ill valley and the villages of Bouxwiller, Werentzhouse. The place also bears the name of Erdwibalafelsen (Roche aux Fées).
2 possible accesses:
- park in the parking lot of the Communauté de Communes in Ferrette (3A route de Lucelle) and take the red diamond path along the road towards Sondersdorf. Allow 30 to 35 minutes to access the cave (1,8km).
- park in the Keucht car park located in the forest. Take the direction of Sondersdorf and, a little before leaving the village, take the forest path on your left indicated by a wooden sign "Sentier des Nains". Continue to the car park located a few hundred meters further on. From the car park, count 15-20min walk on a beautiful path accessible by 4X4 stroller.
Come and discover a universe between real and imaginary! Dream scenery: a gigantic tree spreads its branches, sheltering a mountain town which comes alive on all sides, with cavities, tunnels from which miniature trains emerge ... While another space welcomes a world vintage toys, elves and fairies ...
A little paradise for model-making enthusiasts!
To the right of the castle of Hirtzbach, Charles de Reinach had arranged, in the 19th century, an English garden, populated with beeches, ash trees, pines and other rarer trees under our skies including a pedunculate oak registered in the supplementary inventory historical monuments. A stream and three ponds where swans and ducks frolic give it a pleasant note of freshness.
Open to the public, the complex houses several buildings including, to the left of the entrance, the last Sundgau ice house, where ice was stored cut from the frozen surface of the ponds.
Opposite the entrance to the park, on the islet called Sainte-Hélène, there is a chalet, the stake, which serves as a wood reserve. Beyond the icebox, another chalet, to the right of the driveway, was used for drying the boards, while the one copied from a model in the canton of Lucerne, at the end of the road, allowed the recovery to be stored.
The Courtavon Water Plan, a natural gem in the heart of Sundgau!
In the Alsatian Jura, the Courtavon lake is a pleasant place which extends over nearly 29 ha, including 17 ha for No kill fishing. It is managed by an Intercommunal Syndicate representing fourteen owner villages for the leisure area part and by the fishing federation 68 for the fishing activity.
Water where many species of fish live. The carp can be seen rising to the surface just in front of the pontoon.
Many activities are offered during the summer season:
- Inflatable games at the water's edge for children
- Paddle rental
- Fishing via an annelle fishing card. www.peche68.fr
- Walks in a peaceful setting: tour of the lake to be done in 30 min for 2,5 km and two other pedestrian circuits of 4,8 and 7 km marked out by the Vosges club.
The site is accessible to people with reduced mobility. A large car park is located at the front of the lake. Access is free throughout the year.
Concerning fishing, the "fishing ranger" lives in the chalet located to the right of the pond. Open only via an annual fishing permit. Contact the Haut-Rhin Fishing Federation on 03 89 60 64 74 or on firstname.lastname@example.org. www.peche68.fr
The Maison de la Nature du Sundgau, built by the Communauté des Communes de la Porte d'Alsace, offers nature discovery activities for all audiences.
Animations to live:
All year round, the Maison de la Nature du Sundgau offers activities for young people and the general public:
- She supports teachers in their educational project on nature,
- It organizes courses or camps with "nature" activities for young people during the holidays,
- It also offers the general public a program of guided outings to discover the natural heritage of Sundgau, practical ecology workshops, festive events, etc.
What about summer?
The MNS offers guided outings to discover the Sundgauvian natural heritage, original evenings or fun workshops for families (program available on the website). For those who prefer to walk the Sundgau paths in complete autonomy, it also distributes guides for walks from Altenach.
The most curious will also take the time to browse, on the Altenach site, our discovery trail, the small geology gallery "the key to the soil" and they can spend a few moments in the Strange Grange, to meet a very particular universe ...
The Sundgau Media Library is a service of the European Collectivity of Alsace whose missions consist in contributing to leisure activities, information, documentary research, permanent education and cultural activity of the population.
This service's mission is to promote the widest possible public's access to writing, images, sound and digital technology.
You can, on site and free of charge, consult and benefit from all our documents (video games, films, music, press, comics, literature, information, etc.) or register and borrow these same documents at home.
One of the largest firefighter museums in France.
It takes over, completes, modernizes and above all presents in its own premises the prestigious collection which has so far constituted the museum of the firefighter of Mulhouse and which was presented within the framework of the Musée du Chemin de Fer à Mulhouse from 1978 to 2003.
Two halls (1100 and 1200 m2), showcases, an audio-visual room, a shop, a library ... Machines on wheels, a hundred equipment (equipment, clothing, unusual objects ...), a central full telephone, public fire alarms ...
The permanent exhibition offers an overview of his work over four decades. Temporary exhibitions regularly present a wide range of artists and subjects including not only Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, flagship artists for Tinguely, his contemporary colleagues like Arman, Niki de Saint Phalle, Yves Klein but also both artists of 'today based on Tinguely's ideas.
This framework offers associations the opportunity to offer convivial moments. This park is in perpetual evolution to invite you to discover it and rediscover it over the seasons.
Today, 13 works are still visible, some of which were recently completed. From the immense samurai of Stew in the center of Altkirch to the granddaughter of Seth who opens her door to us in the Saint-Morand district, curious and lovers of this urban art are invited to discover or rediscover the city through this circuit of frescoes and graffiti created by local, regional and international artists.
This guide is also available in paper format in our offices, do not hesitate to ask us!
Completely renovated in 2018, the new Ferrette swimming pool has a retractable roof in summer, a 25m sports pool, a paddling pool, a fun pool (counter-current, water jets, bubble bench …), Large green spaces. A "Well-Being" area is also accessible with sauna, hammam.
Petanque ground, chess table, ping-pong table, and mini fitness trail with 6 warm-up panels.
The fitness platform comprising 12 pieces of equipment offers 170 exercises, each piece of equipment can be connected to its smartphone.
A breathtaking view of the Alsace plain on the Vosges, a magnificent crossing through a lush forest interspersed with fields, to finally arrive on a panorama on the banks of the Doller. This route of about 9km, you will discover it aboard a vélorail machine cart, vehicles, cyclo draisines or vélorail ...
You will board at Aspach station and then take the same route as the Thur / Doller train tourist railway. One-off activities will complement this activity. Breath of fresh air, charm of the landscape, this attractive and exotic walk will satisfy visitors looking for an atypical activity in the heart of nature.
A breath of fresh air guaranteed!
Located in Carspach, this calm, relaxing area surrounded by nature offers visitors a haven of peace.
Near the local football stadium, there is a petanque court, a multisport platform and a playground for the happiness of young children and their parents. A sports and walking route has been added to this which runs along the riparian forest of the arms of the Ill, dotted with apparatus. This path also allows you to stroll around the landscaped basins and relax on their banks, in a natural environment decorated with ornamental trees and fruit trees. Pick, taste and appreciate the fruits of this shared orchard; they are offered for the taste pleasure of young and old!
In summer, the park invites you to stroll outdoors and in winter you can observe the animals up close in their respective buildings. Those who are interested in the seabed will discover in the vivarium many maritime species.
One of the highlights of the zoo is undoubtedly the recently built "Gamgoas" lion enclosure and the recently opened monkey house.