North East side of the Vosges Mountains XXL
Orignal route by Cindy Appelen
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 North-Eastern XXL Vosges route you dive into a side of the Vosges that (fortunately) is not yet flattened every day. In other words, here you may be able to enjoy the vast roads through forests and forests that have been given lyrical and promising names such as 'Dansant de la Fète'. If that isn't an invitation to eagerly look forward to, then I don't know anymore….
The turns are dizzying at times and even a bit overbearing. Fortunately, they are evenly interspersed by nice stretches of asphalt where you can rest the arm muscles for a while, but not too long….
The departure is easygoing and with a “laise faire” mentality you will whirl towards Gérardmer where it is best to fill the tank for a while. You will not come across many petrol stations on this road. I think a warned motorcyclist is worth two ...

By way of warming up, you can already practice some load changes between Gérardmer and the smaller brother 'Lac de Langemer'. But rest assured, it all remains nice and well-behaved. This even up to the first crossing with the Col du Bonhomme. From there you will still spot some small route devils here and there on these otherwise mainly 'green' Michelin roads.

At waypoint 11, at the Tellure silver mine and our first stop, believe it or not, you will have covered only 46 miles. But you may have already been working on that for 1h45! Those little, hidden devils are certainly something in between… It all seems very simple, but still…. don't underestimate those devils ...
And should it be a bit disappointing, route point 12, just before Saint-Marie-aux-Mines, offers you a solution. On the spot, you can choose to pass through the village where you can either take the almost 7 kilometers long Maurice-Lemaire tunnel to the West, or the deliciously juicy D416 to the East, which will immediately cut you off for 86 kilometers.

However, we do not recommend either alternative. We recommend that you continue the route because the follow-up route offers you a wonderful view of the 'Dansant de la Fête' forest and the wonderful region around it. It will be an absolute pleasure from the Col d'Urbeis where the curves buffet is served. Hot or cold, Burgundian or rather simple, all sorts of curves pass your plate at this festival that (yes, you read that right ...) lasts 164 kilometers. And it is only in the last few kilometers that you are only given a breather. For that reason alone, this isn't a soft-strap route. Even several experienced hands lay down here, as the end approaches, whether or not next to the worn rubber from which the vapor will come off. The saga of the warned motorcyclist also applies here ...
That is why we strongly recommend that you make use of the included break points. Like the one from Ribeauville (rp 18). Ribeauville is not only a place where you will find several food and beverage outlets in the famous 'Grand Rue', but also a place where you can see the splendor of the Alsatian half-timbered building style. Particularly beautiful and stylish houses compete here for the highest honor.

From Ribeauville we then meander to the Col du Bonhomme where we briefly touch the Route des Crêtes to leave it immediately. We pass the romantic Lac Blanc and it is best to rub our wrists back in to start the trip to the Col de la Schlucht. Here we give the bands some rest while we enjoy a drink on the lovely terraces there.

On the way to La Bresse for the last refueling on the route, the corners seem to be all over, but a final pinprick is given just before La Bresse and the crossing with the Moselotte, or the small Moselle. A bit unexpected perhaps, but a nice bend valve in any case.

On the way back to La Tulipe we give you one last look at the beautiful Gérardmer (rp29) and from then on you can continue your way back in peace and with the occasional slight twist.

The route, even though it runs on unpaved roads, certainly deserves a five-star rating, despite the mere remark that petrol stations are rather scarce. Keep in mind.

Furthermore, you should realize that this is not a soft-do route. 311 kilometers, of which 164 kilometers of uninterrupted and intensive cornering, does not get into the cold clothes on the hillsides of the Vosges. Of course this is a playground, but one that is best played in a responsible manner. Especially towards the end when the fatigue can start to play tricks.

If you pay attention to this, you will enjoy the delicious meal that is served to you in La Tulipe, tired but satisfied.
Tellure Silvermine
La Tulipe
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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 ...