North East side of the Vosges Mountains SMALL
Vosges Mountains
The Vosges…. once, together with the Black Forest, a huge mountain range. Until Italy found it necessary to collide with Europe some thirty million years ago. This created the Alps and the enormous plate on which the old mountain range lay broke and largely collapsed. In the huge groove that then arose, the Rhine now runs, which separates the Western Vosges from the Black Forest in the East.

The mountain ridge that remained formed the border between France and Germany from 1871 to 1918. 1918, you read that right. The end of the First World War. Afterwards, boundaries were literally pushed back, but you can already imagine that the terrain of the Vosges was a particularly turbulent area in WW I ...

With this North-Eastern Vosges Route in the 'small' version, absolute 'chillness' is the central hub around which everything revolves. This is an absolute 'easy-going' route, slightly juicy spiced with nice curves and a tourist outing here and there.

After the departure from 'La Tulipe' there are some slight twists and turns that take you via the Col des Arrentes and the Col du Ceiling to the famous Col du Bonhomme. There you can taste the Route des Crêtes for a short while, but we leave it again at the Col du Calvaire to make a first stop at the Lac Blanc.

Lac Blanc has a romantic story ...

Once upon a time there was a young man whose heart was so pure that the Devil himself was extremely jealous of him. The Devil decided to take everything dear to the young man. In all his goodness the young man gave him - with a smile even - everything he (loved).
But one day this young man fell head over heels in love with a beautiful blonde girl. Of course the devil lusted after her and tried to take her away from the young man. The fairies of Lac Blanc then decided to intervene and locked the young woman in Hans von Felsenstein's Castle high on the rock. They cast a spell and then the reflection of the castle became visible only in the water of Lac Blanc to people with a pure soul.
However, the young man did not know this and he thought his bride was gone forever. In desperation he wandered for years between Lac Blanc and Lac Noir, hoping that the Devil would one day give him back his bride. Years passed and on an autumn day (most likely November 11) he sat on a rock overlooking the lake and let his gaze wander over the surface of the lake. Suddenly he saw the castle, he ran to it and his bride was released ... In the end they lived happily ever after, protected by the fairies of Lac Blanc.
From the parking lot you can take a short but steep walk to the 'Rocher Hans'. Make sure you wear sturdy footwear!

After the Lac Blanc we drive up the eastern ridge for a short while to descend back to Orbey where we continue to follow the valley until Fréland. Then we climb via the flanks of the Koenigstuhl to Riquewihr to take an extensive, but wonderful break there.

Surrounded by a valley of vineyards and located on the Route du Vin d'Alsace, Riquewihr is a breathtakingly beautiful fortified winegrowing village in the North-Eastern Vosges. The town, which has barely more than 1000 inhabitants, has not lost its 16th century authenticity at all. The medieval city, untouched by wars, has been able to preserve the 16th century view, including side streets, thanks to excellent restorations. The colored half-timbered houses compete here for the most beautiful & highest honor, while in their cellars the Alsace wine matures under the eyes of passionate winemakers. Nice to know is that, from the color of the half-timbered buildings, you could tell the occupation or the religious preference of the residents. For example, a fish shop was blue, a baker had yellow half-timbering and Protestants made their house red. The particularly beautiful town also served as inspiration for the set design of the famous Disney film 'The Beauty and the Beast'. It is therefore not surprising when children also find it 'recognizable' here.
More 'inspiring' things can be found in the Musée de la Tour des Voleurs. Either the thief tower. To put it plainly, you will find an exhibition there about 'old-fashioned behavioral modification techniques'. It is best to enter this torture museum with a strong stomach… which, incidentally, also offers a magnificent view of the surrounding vineyards.

In Riquewihr you will find not only some nice museums but also excellent and abundant food and beverage outlets. So you may well understand that the 1.5 hours that we allocate here are easy to fill.

After Riquewihr we continue our wonderful way over the Northeastern massif. And you can take it literally here; names like 'Goutes des Pommes' and a mountain top that has been given the name 'le Pain de Sucre' speak for themselves.
When you return from the Haut-Rhin to the department of the Vosges, you leave the massif and drive back into the valleys. Great driving in an environment that seems to be begging for all your attention.

A final pause will be offered to you in Taintrux, after which you will drive gently back in the direction of La Tulipe. Just a point of interest at route point 14 where it is best to turn right to find a number of petrol stations. And when that cup of coffee is satisfied, you can also fully enjoy the kitchen in La Tulipe where you can also stock up on your personal cup of coffee ...

For the tourist rider, this route is worth more than the traditional five stars. Relaxation is the norm here and the roads are varied enough to please many. The 'die hard' motorcycle freaks whose skin is glued to the saddle surface may find this route just that little bit too unchallenging, but excellent alternatives are proposed for them through the Medium and XXL route in this Northeastern collection. And although the author of this review will normally opt for the Medium size, there is still some doubt about this route, mainly due to the attraction of the two easy going tourist visits at Lac Blanc and Riquewihr.

Anyway, everyone is happy, but for those who want to enjoy a super relaxing ride in a tasty environment, this route is blown away in the 'small' version.
Lac Blanc & Rocher Hans (rp5)
Riquewihr (rp10)
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North East side of the Vosges Mountains Medium
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Grand Est (French pronunciation: [ɡʁɑ̃t‿ɛst] (listen); Alsatian: Grossa Oschta; Moselle Franconian/Luxembourgish: Grouss Osten; Rhine Franconian: Groß Oschte; German: Großer Osten [ˈɡʁoːsɐ ˈɔstn̩]; 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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View route collection Vosges Mountains The Ultimate Collection
About this route collection
The 'Vosges Mountains Ultimate Collection' is an ultimate route collection that allows you to enjoy the Vosges in many ways.There is absolutely something for everyone in this collection which, including entry and exit, consists of 11 different routes.

The collection is also neatly divided into three groups, each of which in turn consists of a small, medium & XXL route version.
This makes this route collection extremely suitable for a group outing where different driving styles can be connected without any problems and you can also get to know the Vosges in a different way each time.

The more experienced 'iron asses' can try to bite their teeth on the XXL routes that will really get the most out of it, while the tourist rider is just finding what he wants in the small versions with its tourist stops and interesting facts.

Driving pleasure can be found for everyone in this collection that covers the full spectrum of the Vosges. You will of course cross the more famous parts such as the 'Route des Crêtes' and the famous 'Ballon', but we go much, much further in this ultimate collection. For those who really want to get to know and control the Vosges, this collection is a must.

For example, the Northeastern Vosges show their hidden gems (Riquewihr) and what about - you really read it correctly ... - an uninterrupted curves course of no less than 164 kilometers? And that is only part of the route ..... By the way, your tire dealer recommends this route with a smile ...

Your partner, on the other hand, will probably still have some objection and not share the tire farmer's smile. You pass virgins (Col du Vierges), neurotes (Col du Neurot), you get worms where you prefer not to (Col du Wormspel) and you will not come home alcohol-free (Col du Rothenbach) in the calvary tours (Col du Calvaire) which we present to you here.

You ride them all ... all the peaks of the Vosges slide under your wheels while unique views become your part. Perhaps you will not be able to stop talking about this at the richly set tables of 'La Tulipe', the Chambres d'hôtes from Champdray that we have selected here as the departure and arrival point. You are free to look for an alternative, but the host's excellent cuisine is highly recommended. And where voices will fade at the lavishly set table, the mood will quickly return when the elaborate wine and bar cabinet is pulled open.

So not only fun during the day but - always in moderation of course - also in the evening you can enjoy the friends and the atmosphere extensively while enjoying a nice snack and a drink.

So add this "Ultimate Collection" to your motorcycle travel bucket list. You will not regret getting to know the Vosges in such a diverse way, while each route perfectly matches your individual driving needs.
So do. Greetings from your tire farmer and a tear from your partner.
View route collection North East side of the Vosges Mountains
About this route collection
The Northeastern Vosges belong to an area where the roads have not yet been trodden and where purity is still of paramount importance.

The three routes in this collection (XXL- Medium & Small) offer you either excellent cornering (XXL - continuous curves for 164 km ...) or a combination of curves and easy-going tourist visits (Small). So something for everyone ...

Another nice aspect of this collection is that it literally leaves the beaten track and looks for alternatives that have not yet been used that much. You will usually not find many tourist attractions here (although Riquewihr & Ribeauville are an absolute exception ...), and you will ride roads where the crowds usually stay away. Nevertheless, the asphalt is excellent, the turns are slightly spicy and endless and the views are equally phenomenal at times. And that only by driving on the other side of the ridge (the eastern side ...).

The XXL is for the die-hards whose rump is semi-fused with their saddle padding. They may find the ultimate playground in the 308 kilometer route. The Medium route is absolutely digestible for the average rider who likes a challenge and the Small is aimed at pure relaxation and catching up with the buddies and buddies.

And that in a wonderful area where nobody has to queue and where the winding roads, with excellent asphalt, are waiting empty for you ...