Curves of the Vosges Mountains XXL
Le Lac Blanc
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 XXL curving route you will cross this entire area. And no matter how fantastically beautiful it is here today, never forget that the roads, forests and mountains here literally turned blood red….

This XXL version of the curved route again departs from the Chambres d'Hôtes 'La Tulipe' in Champdray, located on the western side of the Vosges. To avoid drivers of the other SM-XXL Vosges routes from driving the same road twice in the same direction, we start from La Tulipe immediately southward.
Very quickly, the Lac de Gérardmer will please your retina. This lake is the largest natural lake in the Vosges and a tourist attraction, both in summer and winter. In winter, the view of the lake from the ski slopes must be truly sublime ...

Shortly after Gérardmer you will pass La Bresse. Nice to know is that between points 3 and 4, just after La Bresse and your possible refueling there, you will drive for a while along the 'small Moselle', a tributary of the 'larger' Moselle, of which you will soon witness the birth.

When you cross the Moselette, you immediately enter the curved Valhalla. The first pegs present themselves and while you shave off one tip after another, the pulling and pushing work will last endlessly. The route will live up to its name ...

You will be given a first break on route point 8 where you can experience the birth of the great Moselle. Although… big? At least not here yet. It is actually difficult to imagine that this small source is the start of such a mighty and large river.
Unfortunately, there are no establishments here to relax, but three kilometers away you can. Feel free to take a seat on the terraces of the local folk café (Café du Peuple) or restaurant 'Des deux Clefs' in Bussang.

If you continue the route and leave the main road just before Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle, the curves course opens up all the stops. You will be allowed a very short breather at route point 14, but that pause will not last long. In Moosch, on your way to the Grand Ballon, also the highest mountain in the Vosges, you can dive into the playground again, which, from route point 16, puts you on the Route des Crêtes, one of the most evocative routes in the Vosges.
If you want to fully enjoy the Route des Crêtes, we highly recommend the nearby route collection 'Route des Crêtes SM-XXL'. This route collection is especially focused on this famous road and allows you to 'taste' this road to the utmost.

However, the purpose of this route is to make curves… and we will, at least if weather and time permit. That is why we leave the Route des Crêtes for the first time just after rp 17 and we take the D27 towards the Bramont. A curves course without the delicious Bramont simply cannot exist….
After the Bramont you arrive back on the Route des Crêtes, after which we quickly reach the planned rest point with a view of the 'Sommet de Hohneck'. You will run out of time, lips and ears to hear all the joyful cries of your fellow riders, provided you can keep quiet about it yourself ...

And then the next bendy palace even has to open its doors… Because just after the break on the 'Sommet' and the descent back to the Route des Crêtes, you leave this road again to push your tires to the limits again. And this time it cannot go fast enough. Due to the rapid succession of turns, some spicier than others, your tires won't even have the chance to cool down before they reach Lac Blanc, a small, fun lake with a beautiful legend too.

The Devil himself was jealous of a young man whose heart was so pure that he decided to take everything dear to him. In his great goodness and in full confidence, the young man gave him everything he loved. And then he fell in love ... whereupon the Devil decided to take his great love from him too ...

That was too much for the fairies of the White Lake and they hid the woman in the castle of Jean de la Roche. Only the pure in heart could see and find the castle through its reflection in the lake.

Unfortunately, the young man did not know this and spent years wandering between Lac Blanc & Lac Noir. Until one day, in sheer despair, he crawled high on the rock and suddenly saw the castle appear in the reflection of the water. He could open the door, his bride was released, and time turned back to the youth they had lost. The fairies of Lac Blanc continued to protect them from then on and until today only the pure in heart can see the castle shining in the reflection of Lac Blanc ...

You can stop at the lake and have something in the local place, but the chances that you will not be there alone are quite high. You can also drive 8 kilometers to the Col du Bonhomme where two spacious terraces are available to please you if necessary.
You can also discuss here whether or not to take the shortening, depending on the circumstances and the 'enthusiasm'. Instead of turning right at the crossroads on the col and continuing the route as planned, turn left on the D415. You will automatically return to the route just after 'Fraize', but you have saved almost 50 kilometers. But if the weather gods are in your favor, you can still make the detour.

On rp 33 you will come across the last petrol station on the route and after the last bend you will arrive back in La Tulipe tired but satisfied.

The route with nothing but perfectly smoothed asphalt is a true tire-eater and for that reason a real pleasure to drive. Your driving skills will be thoroughly measured, but the turns are never such that they won't forgive you for those few mistakes. On the contrary, because of their variation, they are so suitable for testing all kinds of techniques, although of course you should not push it over the limit ...

All this earns the route a 5 star rating, although the novice may have to admit this with their tongue on the ground. Fortunately, a small and a medium version of this route are also available so that these categories of riders will also find what they want in the wardrobe of the Vosges….
La Tulipe B&B
Source of the Moselle River (rp8)
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Moselle River
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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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Route collections
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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 Curves of the Vosges Mountains SM XXL
About this route collection
This route collection 'Curves of the Vosges Mountains SM-XXL' is the next collection in the list of road trips through the famous Vosges Mountains in France.
The emphasis in this collection is on 'making turns', and depending on your level of expertise and / or stamina, you choose at which level you want to play the turns.

With the XXL you will navigate for more than 300 kilometers through the famous Vosges and you will hardly let any bend escape your rubber shoes. You can take all the highlights on this extensive day trip that will quickly take you more than 8 hours.

However, the small version is not inferior in quality to its bigger brother. On the contrary. It may well be that the small version is actually the ideal curves route! She is 'only' 216 kilometers long and you can write them on your record within six hours, but ... she leaves so much room to do that sequence of curves again (tip: Bramont ...) or you can enjoy extensive terraces where the sun is stimulating ... and with great views moreover.

What about the medium route? Well, it is pretty much in the middle of it, but what else do you expect with such a name?

In any case, it is certain that this collection of curves through the Vosges is destined to become a top of the range. Everyone will find something to their liking in terms of skills and power and all routes, from small to large, cover the best selection of the curves present in the Vosges.

Just one more golden advice ... make sure you are on good terms with your tire farmer ... it will be necessary ...