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In the Grand-Est region, the Vosges department owes its name to the eponymous massif, which separates the Lorraine plateau from the Alsace plain. Located in the historical and cultural region of Lorraine, the Vosges mountains occupy a large part of this magnificent territory.
The Vosges offer breathtaking landscapes and panoramas. Summer and winter alike, nature proudly imposes its authentic beauty. Between Alsace and Lorraine, the giant of Lorraine, the Hohneck rises and dominates the valley of the lakes. In this department, forests and valleys invite you to explore, play sports or contemplate.
The essentials of the Vosges
Nature and heritage are at the heart activities to experience in the Vosges. Gérardmer lake, the Pearl of the Vosges in the heart of its enchanting valley, or the sumptuous route des crêtes and the famous Vosges balloons are unmissable. The Mérelle, Tendon, Bouchot or Charlemagne waterfalls are the hikers' rewards. History buffs appreciate a visit to the abbey church of Remiremont, or even the birthplace of Joan of Arc. And for families, the Parc-Miniatures and the botanical garden of Gondremer are magnificent visits.
The Vosges also offer many cultural discoveries, especially with museums. The image museum and the Imagery of Épinal of course. But also, the museum of violin making in Mirecourt, or the departmental museum of ancient and contemporary art, offer exhibitions throughout the year. The Vosges are also a land of festivals. The Gérardmer International Fantastic Film Festival attracts tens of thousands of moviegoers every year.
Sports in nature
En été, the forests of the Vosges mountains are an invitation to walk and explore. Forests, undergrowth, rivers, lakes and waterfalls can be discovered on foot, by bike or on horseback. In winter, family ski resorts each year welcome athletes in search of authenticity, gastronomy and a warm welcome.
The Vosges department is a preserved jewel rich in discoveries and adventures. To discover as soon as possible!