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The Bitche Region,
history, trails and know-how

The Bitche region, in the heart of the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park, is listed as a World Biosphere Reserve by Unesco.
Admire the surrounding environment, rich in sandstone, water and forests, along a hike on foot, by bike or by mountain bike. Relive historical moments at the forts of the Maginot Line, including Simserhof. In Bitche, the Vauban citadel stands next to a contemporary garden. In the valleys, master glass and crystal makers magnificently combine tradition and innovation.

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Discovery hike of castle vestiges

What a joy to hike through the heart of the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park, listed as a World Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. The remarkable site features natural treasures, diverse landscapes and pink sandstone fortresses. The most significant of the Bitche region’s fortified castles is the remains of the semi-troglodyte Falkenstein Castle (falcon rock). Built in the 12th century and destroyed in the Renaissance, it overlooks the Zinsel Valley. The way to the castle is marked from Philippsbourg.


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Étoiles Terrestres: 3 exceptional sites

Between Alsace and Lorraine, nestled in the Vosges Mountains, 3 major sites highlight the industrial and artistic tradition of glass and crystal making: the Lalique Museum in Wingen-sur-Moder, La Grande Place Saint-Louis Crystal Museum and the International Glass Art Centre (CIAV) in Meisenthal.

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The Bitche Citadel and its Garden for Peace

Constructed by Vauban and rebuilt by Cormontaigne, the Bitche citadel is a not-to-be-missed fortified stronghold. At the foot of this masterpiece of military architecture is the Garden for Peace, with constantly evolving creations by the gardeners.

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Meisenthal Glass Museum: between tradition and modernity

In Meisenthal, discover the collective memory of local glassmaking at the Glass Museum, with a learning area and a rich Art Nouveau collection from the brilliant Émile Gallé. Just nearby, the glass blowers of the CIAV bring to life traditional Christmas baubles and other contemporary creations.

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La Grande Place, Saint-Louis Crystal Museum

Master glassmakers, carvers, engravers and gold decorators are at the heart of the renowned Saint-Louis crystal works. At the centre of the factory, in the bright setting of La Grande Place, 2,000 exceptional pieces tell the story of four centuries of innovation and creation.

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Visit of Simserhof: immersion in a Maginot fort

Near Bitche, Simserhof is one of the most significant artillery forts of the Maginot Line and offers a 3-hour discovery visit. The modern museum displays in the tunnels, 27 m underground, immerse visitors in the history of the fort.

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A 31-km electric bike outing

Hire an electric bike for an enjoyable and peaceful discovery of our landscapes. Between Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche and Pirmasens, Germany, a cycling path promises safe outings along the Horn Valley.

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