MTG1 05 Roundtrip Gerardmer Saint Diedes Vosges
Published: 26/10/2019
RP12 Lac Gèrardmer
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 fifth route from the book and is a tour north of Gérardmer.

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 du Surceneux, Col de Mandray and the Col du Haut Jacques.
You pass several small villages where you can also stop for something to drink and there is always a restaurant or cafe open somewhere.

The ride starts and ends 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.

You first drive to Xonrupt where you take the D23 which becomes the D73, you drive along the Petite Meurthe, a small river further north towards Fraise, where you drive a little over the D415 to follow the D23 again the Col de Mandray. This first part of the route leads over beautiful narrow roads through green valleys and forests with beautiful panoramas along the way.

You continue towards St. Die where you can stop to see the city with various old buildings and museums.
From St. Die you drive via the Col de Haut Jacques on the D420, a beautiful winding road to Bruyères. Via the beautiful valley of Vologne you drive until just before Docelles, where you turn and continue on the D11 to Gérardmer on another beautiful winding road through the valley and through the forest of Rougemont.

There are not many sights to visit along the route, but there is a lot to see in St. Die. You see beautiful nature along the way and they are nice roads to drive, I rate this route with 4 stars.

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Nice Hairpins on the Col Haut Jacques
The D73 from Xonrupt to Fraise
Useful links:
Camping Ramberchamp
Hôtel L'Écho du Lac

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Sight, here you can see something
Viewpoint, a short stop for taking a picture
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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.

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