R04 Ribeauville to Urbes
Published: 13/12/2020
Vosges, wine & curves
Alsace is located in the far north-east of France, between the mountains of the Vosges and the Rhine. In the past, France and Germany often changed their money when it came to this area. Then it belonged to Germany again, then to France again. You still notice that. The region still has many German (own) niceties. The hearty German food, the dialect and the many flower balconies, they all refer to the other side of the Rhine.

This route takes you Ribeauvillé to Urbès, you will pass no less than 11 cols along the way, including the Grand Ballon.
This route is full of curves, from village to village, from col to col, with a few nice stops for a drink and a meal. Also, how could it be otherwise some beautiful viewpoints along the route, where you will stop to take a photo.

During WW1 & WW2 there was also fierce fighting in the Vosges and Alsace, the liberation went a lot more smoothly than in the Ardennes, but given the number of military cemeteries you pass along the way, this already indicates. A visit to the Musee Memorial du Veil and Historial franco-allemand de la Grande Guerre du Hartmannswillerkopf is certainly worthwhile.

I have driven most of this wonderful route, which is why I rate this route with 5 stars. At the top of the Grand Ballon, at 1,425 meters, you have a wide view. The descent consists of spicy hairpin turns.
Ferme Auberge du Haag
Useful links:
Ribeauville, Au Cheval Blanc
Urbès, Moto-Hotel du Col de Bussang

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Charming Alsace and the rugged slopes ensure that you will not soon forget the Vosges. Colorful, atmospheric, curves and challenging cols. Of course, the Grand Ballon should not be missed, but you will also come across some tough mountain passes. Great to steer during the day and enjoy the French delicacies in the evening.

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