Synonymous with open spaces and outdoor activities, the Vosges region also bears the traces of a rich history. Let's not forget the art and culture that can be discovered in its various museums, or even the opportunity to fully relax in the spa towns and wellness centres.
Ah, the Vosges! Whatever your desires, they’ll be easily satisfied here. Each season is conducive to activities that break your usual rhythm. These locations have the advantage of offering leisure activities to holidaymakers of all ages, whether you are looking for peace and quiet or adrenaline-fuelled excitement. Ready to embark on a great adventure?
Located between Tholy and Tendon, the Tendon waterfalls are an oasis of coolness in a quiet, woodland environment. You can extend this invigorating escape by following the well-marked trails that wind through the forest. The Corbeaux lake in La Bresse is surrounded by fir trees and is popular with walkers and fishing enthusiasts alike. The best views can be enjoyed from the Roche du Lac area. Not far from there, the Lispach peat bogs are ideal for a breath of fresh air in the hilly landscape. If you are feeling fit enough, enjoy a climb up the 1,363-metre-high Hohneck. The golden hues of the setting sun will certainly reward your efforts.
A thick layer of snow on top of the foliage is sure to delight snow sports enthusiasts. The Vosges region boasts nearly twenty ski resorts, offering activities adapted to sportspeople of all levels. La Planche des Belles Filles, the Bresse-Lispach area and the Ballon d'Alsace are all playgrounds for cross-country skiing, skating, snowshoeing, slaloms and more. More adventurous visitors can try ice diving and paragliding over snow-covered ridges. Climbers can also enjoy their sport here. In the mood for a gourmet break? Indulge in tofailles (potato and bacon casserole) by the fire.
There are always great things to do in the Vosges region, even when there's heavy rain. See which films are showing and treat yourself to a trip to the cinema. Take a dip in a heated pool or relax in a sauna and forget about the torrential rain outside. And why not take advantage of the rain to visit some museums? The Fine Art exhibited at the Charles de Bruyères Museum is as captivating as the collections that await you at the textile museum in Ventron, or the world of trains at Trainland in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. If you still want more, come and meet the Vosges region's craftspeople. Scented candles in Gérardmer, wooden toys in Basse sur le Rupt, leather goods in Ménil and soaps in Senones... you'll soon forget it’s raining.
Keeping everyone entertained is a challenge for many parents. If you choose the Vosges region for your getaway, you won't have this problem. While in La Bresse, head to the Saichy Farm to uncover cheese-making secrets and to observe cattle in their natural environment. In Plainfaing, make everyone happy by visiting the Confiserie des Hautes-Vosges where multicoloured sweets and varied flavours are just waiting to delight your taste buds. If your family loves nature, take your tribe to Lake Blanc for swimming and sailing. You can also get on your bikes or go walking around Épinal and its surroundings.
Discover the comforts of the thermal waters as a couple and sink into a well-deserved state of relaxation together. The resort of Plombières-les-Bains, for example, welcomes you in an authentic natural setting, while that of Vittel is close to a golf course. Treat yourself to a stroll in Viomenil to find the source of the Saône. You could also have a picnic in the forest of Contrexéville or in Le Valtin, depending on your preferences.
Do lazing-around, thalassotherapy and peaceful swimming do very little for you? What you need are activities that guarantee a dose of adrenaline. The Vosges region has everything you need. Near the town centre of Épinal, the Spinaparc is an acrobatic parkour paradise. A mix of climbing and tree branch parkour is on offer. In Ban on Meurthe Clefcy, you can experience excursions on all-terrain electric motorbikes. If you stay in La Bresse, you'll certainly have the opportunity to glide over the Vosges peaks in a paraglider or paramotor. Bungee jumps and zip lines add to the range of thrilling activities available here, but there's plenty more, so let it all go, and unleash your wild side!
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