GR53 - Crête des Vosges

Description

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  1. Name GR53 - Crête des Vosges (GR53)
  2. Length of trail 167 km, 104 miles
  3. Length in days 8 days
  4. Start of trail Wissembourg
  5. End of trail Schirmeck
  6. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  7. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

GR53, VosgesWissembourg - Basel

The Vosges (Vogesen) is an old range of low mountains, west of the Rhine Valley. Historically it belonged alternately to Germany or France. The German influence is very clear, especially in the northern parts. Here the hills are relatively low, pushed together, with extensive forests. Actually, it is a continuation of the German Pfälzerwald north of it. Going south the hills broaden, get higher, and in the higher parts open flats top the hills, like the Ballon d'Alsace, with 1247 m the highest summit of these mountains.

The GR53 is interwoven with the GR531 and GR532. Then there is also the popular GR5 intertwining. So alltogether you can feel free to explore the Vosges from north to south, from the dark forests to the vineyards of the Rhine valley, finding ruined bourgs or mediaeval villages on your way.

Select some tracks
Long-distance trail Donnersberg-Donon, 205km
GR 532, 79km
Crête des Vosges, 57km

Opinions

Rate 8.0 | 1 vote | No 15. in France
  • Henk Nouws July 1982
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Gives a good overview. The north part is very different from the south part. North are dense pine forests. South the hills are rising and growing, with large and huge beech trees. Nice villages, good Riesling.
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Map

Map of GR53, GR531, GR532

Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • GR5/GR53: Traversée du Massif des Vosges FFRP Topo-guide No. 502
  • Traversée du Massif des Vosges, FFRP topoguide Ref. No. 502, covering 542km along the GR5 from Lauterbourg across the Vosges Mountains to Feschel-le-Châtel. Current edition of this title was published in May 2015.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre) TOPOGUIDES: published in a handy A5 paperback format, the guides are... Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2017
  • The GR5 Trail - Vosges and Jura
  • Guidebook to a 687km (427 mile) trek through eastern France, traversing the Vosges and the Haut-Jura plateau. The route follows the GR53 from Wissembourg to Schirmeck, before picking up the central section of the GR5 from Schirmeck to Nyon on Lake Geneva, taking in wooded and grassy hills, river gorges and fascinating castle ruins. Read more
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  • The Book Depository, United Kingdom
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • The GR5 trail - Vosges and Jura
  • The tranquil Vosges and Jura enjoy rolling hills with far-reaching views, ruined castles, enchanting wine-making villages, forests and spectacular gorges. The GR5/GR53 provides an interesting waymarked route, starting on the GR53 from the quiet hills of the Northern Vosges, and continuing through Alsace, then the Doubs Gorge, up onto the Jura... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • The GR5 trail - Vosges and Jura
  • The tranquil Vosges and Jura enjoy rolling hills with far-reaching views, ruined castles, enchanting wine-making villages, forests and spectacular gorges. The GR5/GR53 provides an interesting waymarked route, starting on the GR53 from the quiet hills of the Northern Vosges, and continuing through Alsace, then the Doubs Gorge, up onto the Jura... Read more
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