Curves of the Vosges Mountains MEDIUM
The mysterious 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 curved route Medium version you will not only cross the most important part of the famous Vosges, you will also pass through 77 pins and 21 cols along the most beautiful part of the Route des Crêtes, a road that - if only mentioned - the water spills out of the mouth of many ...

The Vosges are a fantastic playground that, in addition to the beautiful natural beauty, also carries a wealth of tragedy and history.
Once upon a time the roads, forests and mountains here literally turned blood red, unfortunately not always out of necessity, but to feed sad egos. People have literally been sacrificed here… A little respect for the region is perhaps in order because here, not so long ago, people fought to the death for freedom, equality and fraternity.

This Medium 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 along the 'small Moselle', a tributary of the 'larger' Moselle, for a while.

When you cross the Moselette, you immediately enter the curved Valhalla. The first pegs present themselves in preparation for the very cozy 'Bramont', which should of course not be missing in a curvy route through the Vosges.

After the Bramont, test the Route des Crëtes for the first time. However, you will not stay here long because at the height of the 'Col du Haag' we will quickly take a few bends before making the approach to the most southern point of the Route des Crêtes.

Before that, however, we take a short break in the “Auberge du Relais” in Cernay, the start (or end) town of the Route des Crêtes. All in all, you should be in the saddle for two hours now. and a good cup of coffee might be welcome. Perhaps this is the right place to educate your fellow riders about the history of the Route des Crêtes.

The Route des Crêtes, or literally translated, the ridge route, connects Cernay with Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in the North and runs for 73 kilometers of pure beauty. Characteristic landscapes from the Vosges alternate with unique views that reach into the Alps and take your breath away.
The road was built by the French army in 1914 on the western side of this mountain ridge in the Vosges. This ridge still forms the border between the regions of Alsace and Lorraine, but in the period 1871–1918 the ridge was also the border between France and Germany. After the First World War, the borders were shifted and today the Rhine forms the new border between the two countries. The road over this ridge was used to supply French troops during the First World War and you may imagine that it was the scene of many bloody battles in this war.

You may mark the Route des Crêtes three times on this route, but you do not complete it. 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.

On this route we make bends and at the start of the Route des Crêtes, when 'driving up' the ridge it is already a prize, a number of nice curves warm up the tires quickly after the break in Cernay.

However, it is best to bring these tapes back to a stop at rp 13 to let the seriousness, tragedy and meaninglessness of war sink in for a moment. This is quite possible at the immense cemetery of Harmannswillerkopf, a place where many soldiers died an inglorious and, above all, senseless death. Here people fought hard for a rocky point at a height, just to delight a few egos who did not allow daylight to each other. Please take a moment. It will get through to you pretty quickly ...

It is also best to stop briefly at route point 14. After all, you are here on the Grand Ballon where the views can be extremely interesting in good weather. In the most ideal circumstances you can even see here as far as Mont Blanc. It is 'only' 230 km further away….

26 kilometers further we stop again on the Route des Crêtes to give you a view on the Hohneck of that other beautiful part of the Vosges, the valley in which the Rhine has found its way.
On a clear day, you can expect a playful wink from that other playground in Germany that, together with the Vosges, is competing for the favor of all those motorcyclists ... After all, the Black Forest can rightly be called the equal neighbor of these playful Vosges.

Soon after the Hohneck, at the height of the Col de la Schlucht, we leave the Route des Crêtes again to open all registers (and the throttle) on the most beautiful kilometers of this route…. Your bands will be happy with some cooling off at the Lac Blanc or at the Col de Bonhomme where, just like the bands, you might want to catch your breath. After all, the frequency & sequence of the bends around the famous 'Gazon du Faing' will not only demand the utmost from your rubbers, but also from your driving skills. The pleasure of motorcycling takes on a completely different dimension here….

On the Col de Bonhomme you can take a shortcut in bad weather conditions by turning left instead of right. You always stay on the route, but you have narrowed it off for 17 kilometers…. But in good conditions we take a playful loop and finally, in peace and quiet, cover the last 50 kilometers of this route on almost exclusively 'green' roads to La Tulipe, our B&B.

Just like the other routes in this curves collection of the Vosges, this route is a gem in terms of better curves. She allows experts to enjoy themselves to the full, while still leaving enough space for others to push boundaries towards this expert status. For that reason alone, this route is more than worth its five stars. And then we have not even weighed the excellent asphalt, nature and breathtaking views.

A gem to enjoy ... your tire dealer will recommend it with a smile ...
Hartmannswillerkopf (rp13)
Route des Crêtes
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Vosges Mountains
B&B La Tulipe
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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 ...