North East side of the Vosges Mountains MEDIUM
Orignal route by Cindy Appelen
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 Medium-size North-Eastern Vosges Route you will visit a side of the Vosges that is still relatively 'quiet' and where tourism has not yet penetrated into the details. This makes driving on the North-Eastern side pleasant and fresh.
Nevertheless, you should not underestimate the route, on the contrary ...

Yes, you can consider the first 80 kilometers as a warm-up. Definately true. But in a beautiful environment where your eyes will be short of time to fully capture the beautiful surroundings. First the Gérardmer that flashes past your eyes, followed by a wonderful piece of massif drive between the Lac de Gérardmer and Longemer. There is a reason why those two waters do not flow into each other… there are mountains in between and you can navigate through them.
Then follows a wonderful piece of valleys driving, squeezed between the 'Reserve biologique dirigee de la Haute Meurthe' and the 'Gazon du Faing', two nature reserves with the big N. You may not drive over the tops like in some other routes from this collection, but let's say you look at things from a different, slightly lower side. Just as beautiful, if not even more beautiful, calmer and super relaxing.

After the section between Gerardmer and Langemer you will get off the ground a second time when you drive up the Col de la Bonhomme. On the 'wrong' side, so to speak, but that is no problem. With this route you ride the Bonhomme from the four corners of the world, so afterwards you can tick off all the entry and exit routes of this Col.
After arriving at the Col (where you may or may not take a short break), we turn left and drive a tasty piece of road towards Sainte Marie & Sainte Croix aux mines. But before we get there, we stop at the real 'mine' of Tellure where you can enjoy a coffee if you wish, if you have not already done so on the Bonhomme. Or you can visit the silver mine, the choice is yours.

After the silver mine and the two mining villages of Sainte Marie & Sainte Croix, the real work starts just after Liepvre. There you dive into the North-Eastern Vosges and get to know them for the first time. Nice curves lead you up and down the Col du Schaentzel to take you via TannenKirch, Bergheim and the beginning of the Rhine valley to Ribeauville (rp15), a beautiful Vosges village. You will get to know the typical architectural style of the region here, or in Riquewihr, a little further south. A visit to one of these villages is absolutely recommended. Watch and enjoy!

And then the curves party really starts. A first stretch of 40 kilometers of continuous curves on super delicious asphalt leads you back to the Bonhomme (rp18). Absolutely enjoy the roads where you can still take full advantage of space and nature while skimming the North-Eastern peaks.

Back on the Bonhomme you can take a break - without any obligation, of course - but if you have got the hang of it now, continuing the route may not be a problem either. You drive a bit 'Crêtes', but there we quickly disappear again to explore the Eastern side of the famous ridge. And you will not regret it. Again, the most beautiful bends await you here for the next 30 kilometers in the direction of the Col de la Schlucht (rp21). There you will receive the well-deserved cup of coffee with twinkling eyes.

After the Col de la Schlucht, a chill valley ride through the valley of the Moselotte, or the 'little Moselle', awaits you. The arm muscles are given some rest here before taking the last nice series of turns just before La Bresse and the last refueling options on this route (rp 25).

The final 40 kilometers of the route will then lead you past the beautiful Lac de Gérardmer (rp26) so that you can also view it from the other side. We then lead you around the nature reserve 'Noir Rupt' along another beautiful valley ride. We climb the 'Grandes Roches' one last time and then start the slow descent to 'La Tulipe' with a gentle twist.

This route is an absolute and digestible recommendation. She takes you to a wonderful area along beautiful nature reserves where it is not overly busy. The roads are smooth and seem to have been imported from the motorcycle paradise. The curves that this route offers you also deserve all respect and admiration. The necessary attention too, because the curves can sting quite strongly at times if you do not treat them with the necessary caution. "Enjoy, but in moderation," the beer manufacturers would say. Well, the same principle applies here on this five-star route: Enjoy it all, but keep an eye on the sharp edges. Then you will arrive back in La Tulipe in good health and you can let the home front know that the North-Eastern side of the Vosges is indeed wonderful.

Curves in the Vosges Mountains
Vosges Mountains in the early morning...
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Vosges Mountains
La Tulipe
North East side of the Vosges Mountains XXL
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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 ...