MTG1 03 Gerardmer Lac Blanc Le Hohneck Cernay
Published: 26/10/2019
Vosges mountain road
This route comes from the Motortourgids part 1 France and runs through the Vosges and Alsace.

Bert Loorbach, the writer, is an enthusiastic motorcyclist himself and lived in France for a year and a half. During that time he devoted himself to mapping the unknown and beautiful roads of France especially for motorcyclists.

This is the third route from the book. Start in Gérardmer and end in Chernay
There are hotels and campsites in the vicinity, which are listed as POIs.

There are several beautiful passes (cols) in this route, such as the Col de La Schlucht, Col du Calvaire and Collet du Linge.
The ride starts in Gérardmer which lies between the mountains covered with dense pine forests on the largest lake in the Vosges; Lac de Gérardmer. This is a nice base for several journeys and this is one of three routes that start here.

This route leads over the mountain ridges (crêtes) and consists of more than half forests. The first Col is the Col de la Schlucht, an east-west oriented mountain pass and lies on the border of the departments of Vosges and Haut-Rhin. The pass route starts in the west from Gérardmer at 660 meters above sea level and starts to rise considerably after Xonrupt-Longemer.

I deviated slightly from the original route to include the natural bridge "Roche du Diable", Stone of the Devil (RP5) in the route. There is a small parking lot, shop and a lookout point with a beautiful view.

You drive along mountain lakes with beautiful blue clear water and through forests with steep rises and many curves.
Follow the D61 Le route de Crêtes at RP9, a very beautiful route over the mountain ridges in Alsace. This is a narrow, but beautiful 2-lane road that partly winds through the woods with beautiful views.

You drive along Lac Blank (RP11) where you definitely have to stop to enjoy the beautiful mountain lake and the mountains around it. The next section has many turns and possibilities to stop at small parking places to enjoy the view.

At RP13 is a war cemetery and monument for fallen German soldiers.

From RP17 you drive again the Route des Crêtes on this time Southwards. This last part of the route is about 50 kilometers long, very curvy and great to drive, along this route there are many places of interest. They are listed as POIs and if you have the time it is definitely worth stopping and enjoying the view. I have attached a link to a youtube film with images of the region and route des Crêtes.

Lunch stop RP19 is the mountain top "De Hohneck". With a height of 1364 meters after the Grand Ballon and the Storkenkopf, the third highest peak in the Vosges. It lies on the border of Alsace and Lorraine. On the mountain there is a mountain hut with a restaurant for lunch, a small shop and a beautiful hiking route.

RP21 is the Grand Ballon, the highest mountain in the Vosges. The mountain is located at 1424m in the southern part of the ridge. The Grand Ballon is located in the Ballons des Vosges nature park and the top is just above the tree line
The last part of the ride to Cernay is a challenging ride with many turns and the necessary hairpin turns. Again beautiful views of the mountains and valleys.
In Cernay you can spend the night in one of the hotels or camping Les Cigognes. POI and links have been added.

The ride is over beautiful mountain roads of good quality with many curves. There is much to see along the way and there is opportunity to park at viewpoints. I rate this route with 5 stars.

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Route des Crêtes
RP5 Roche du Diable Natural Bridge and Lookout Point
Useful links:
Camping Ramberchamp
Hôtel L'Écho du Lac
Movie Route des Crêtes
Hostellerie D'Alsace
Camping Les Cigognes

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Waypoint, used to construct the route
Sight, here you can see something
Viewpoint, a short stop for taking a picture
Stopping point, for hotel, lunch, etc
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Grand Est (French: [ɡʁɑ̃t‿ɛst] (listen); Alsatian: Grossa Oschta; Moselle Franconian/Luxembourgish: Grouss Osten; Rhine Franconian: Groß Oschte; German: Großer Osten [ˈɡʁoːsɐ ˈʔɔstn̩]; English: "Greater East") is an administrative region in Northeastern France. It superseded three former administrative regions, Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine, on 1 January 2016 under the provisional name of Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (pronounced [alzas ʃɑ̃paɲ aʁdɛn lɔʁɛn]; ACAL or, less commonly, ALCA), as a result of territorial reform which had been passed by the French Parliament in 2014.The region sits astride three water basins (Seine, Meuse and Rhine), spanning an area of 57,433 km2 (22,175 sq mi), the fifth largest in France; it includes two mountain ranges (Vosges and Ardennes). It shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland. As of 2017, it had a population of 5,549,586 inhabitants. The prefecture and largest city, by far, is Strasbourg. The East of France has a rich and diverse culture, being situated at a crossroads between the Latin and Germanic worlds. This history is reflected in the variety of languages spoken there (Alsatian, Champenois, and Lorraine Franconian). Most of today's Grand Est region was considered "Eastern" as early as the 8th century, when it constituted the southern part of the Francian territory of Austrasia. The city of Reims (in Champagne), where Frankish king Clovis I had been baptized in 496 AD, would later play a prominent ceremonial role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the coronation of the kings of France. The Champagne fairs played a significant role in the economy of medieval Europe as well. Alsace and Lorraine thrived in the sphere of influence of the Holy Roman Empire for most of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and subject to competing claims by France and German over the centuries. The region has distinctive traditions such as the celebration of Saint Nicholas Day, Christmas markets, or traditions involving the Easter hare in Alsace and Lorraine. Alsace-Moselle are furthermore subject to local law for historical reasons. With a long industrial history and strong agriculture and tourism (arts, gastronomy, sightseeing), the East of France is one of the top economic producing regions in the country.
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This MRA route collection contains 25 beautiful motorcycle routes in different parts of France, such as the Ardennes, Alsace, Vercors, the Drôme, the Ardèche, Cote d'Azure, Gorges du Verdon, the Ariège, the Dordogne and Brittany.

The routes have been carefully made by Bert Loorbach, who himself is an enthusiastic motorcyclist. He lived in France for a year and a half and during that time he focused on mapping the unknown and beautiful roads of France especially for motorcyclists.

The routes are bundled in the Motortourgids France part 1 of Kosmos publishing house and now also available in MyRouteApp.

I have taken over the routes in MRA and sometimes adjusted something to make them even more interesting for the motorcyclist.