The Crest Road
The Crest Road links up Cernay and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines progressing over 77 kilometres. You may take the route on foot to access the Grand Ballon, the highest summit of the Vosges Mountains. The itinerary ends with a gift: a breathtaking view over the plain of Alsace, the Black Forest, Austria, Lichtenstein and the Mont Blanc. The place is very appreciated by ramblers mainly for its idyllic landscapes with slopes covered with fir-trees and beech-trees and lakes.
Access to the high-stubble is possible from each valley of the Vosges: the Doller, Thur, Florival, Munster, Weiss and Saintes-Marie-aux-Mines valleys. The creation of this road was decided during the 1914-18 war by the French High Command in order to ensure communication between the various valleys on the Vosges’ front. For over a century now, it has enabled people to ramble through places where it is so enjoyable to head for heights!