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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Moselle

Situated not far from the German border, is a flowery Bitche Moselle town itself is crowned with four flowers at the Grand National Prize of flowering, and is responsible for an impressive past. Surrounded by its imposing citadel, built by Vauban himself, the city is part of the Regional Natural Park of Northern Vosges.

In recent years, the city was ranked Green Station holidays and Most Beautiful Detour France. It has indeed stunning views of Hill Kindelberg and surrounding nature, as well as historical and cultural heritage of the most impressive.

Its environment, but also its delicate cuisine based on fresh water fish, game and other wild mushrooms, and attract many visitors eager to discover this green and airy area.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude49.0504150 (N 49° 3’ 1”)
Longitude7.4272760 (E 7° 25’ 38”)
AltitudeFrom 249m to 432m
Surface area41.13 km²
Population5543 inhabitants
Density134 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMetz (112 km, 1h24)
Insee code57089
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Bitche

Nearest cities & towns

Reyersviller4.6 km (6 min)
Schorbach6.6 km (11 min)
Hanviller6.7 km (9 min)
Haspelschiedt7 km (11 min)
Éguelshardt7.3 km (9 min)
Hottviller7.3 km (11 min)
Lemberg7.9 km (10 min)
Nousseviller-lès-Bitche8.4 km (9 min)
Siersthal8.6 km (10 min)
Bousseviller8.9 km (13 min)
Lambach10.2 km (13 min)
Goetzenbruck10.7 km (13 min)
Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche10.8 km (16 min)
Volmunster11.1 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

The sites to discover or go to Bitche abound, and it is difficult to choose among all the monuments and green spaces offered in this small town in Moselle.

Overlooking the city, the citadel built by Vauban is probably the most essential site of Bitche. Masterpiece of military architecture of the eighteenth century, it was the scene of numerous wars and invasions, whether by the French, Lorraine, the Germans, or even the Swedes. However, she never fell into the hands of the enemy. Inside, the Historical Museum of men in the war of 1870 has a raised original plan of the city historical monument, as well as archive footage and uniforms or weapons. At the foot of the citadel, the highly original garden offers peace admire creations quite original. Regularly renewed, the dozen artists gardens offer glass works, crystal, wrought iron or even plants, making the site an original and very fun place. It is possible to pick some souvenirs to suit walks.

Very important to Bitche, military heritage is the opportunity to discover, among others, a German military camp early twentieth century, Fort San Sebastian built in 1846, the former military hospital that houses the library today.

Also note the presence of the Sainte-Catherine church rebuilt several times between the eighteenth and nineteenth century and which houses the mausoleum of Henri-François Bombelles, former military governor during the construction of the citadel. The Etang chapel of the late seventeenth century, has a beautiful sixteenth-century Pietà.

A few kilometers away, the Hasselfurth pond, located in an exceptional setting in the middle of the forest is a place of very pleasant peace. We discover an amusement park, a fitness trail, picnic areas and playgrounds for children.

Founded in the late 80s, the golf Bitche with its 27 holes, is one of the finest in eastern France. Classified by the Peugeot guide, it offers a beautiful course in the middle of an absolutely idyllic landscape.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities

The animations are not lacking in Bitche, and it is not rare to see events invade the streets of the city to bring a little joy.

Thus, for children, a great egg hunt is organized every year at Easter in the Garden for Peace. Entertainment is provided, and children can go in search of different chocolate works. At the end of April, up to the night of witches, with counties course, and other fun activities for young and old.

In May, the citadel lights for Ripailles of Sir. This great night dramatized medieval banquet is the opportunity to eat in the vaults and browse normally closed to the public underground. In the same vein, the medieval to Bitche are organized in July in the castle with medieval animations and other tournaments of chivalry and fireworks.

A musical summer Bitche in August, is the opportunity to enjoy an international festival of guitar, with the presence of many senior artists.

The feast of Bulbs in September is an opportunity to enjoy a seasonal market, with thirty exhibitors. At the same time, the city is the Euroclassic festival theater with a play more interesting.

Bitche closing its cultural season in December with Christmas at the Castle. A craft village and numerous magical events are organized in the citadel.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The book Simserhof, one of the largest of the Maginot Line, offers almost five kilometers of galleries and a small interesting museum.


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Along the Eichel
Cycling itineraryEasy4h00Lorentzen (21 km)
Heritage of Alsace Bossue
HikeEasy2h00Diemeringen (21 km)
Cycle path following the route of an old railway line
Cycling itineraryEasy4h30Frauenberg (24 km)
Circuit around Soufflenheim
Mountain bike itineraryEasy20 minSoufflenheim (46 km)
The Three Chapels
HikeEasy4h00Marlenheim (48 km)


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