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Senones - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vosges

Capital of the ancient Principality of Salm Salm, in the Vosges, Senones takes place about fifty kilometers from Epinal, in the canton of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. The town is located in the Rabodeau Valley, about thirty kilometers from Alsace and the city of Schirmeck.

The town was built around the Abbey of St. Peter in the seventh century. The French Revolution provokes the departure of the prince towards Germany, causing a famine on the territory. It was not until the nineteenth century that Senones found a certain industrial boom thanks to the development of textiles. This industry is gradually collapsing in the course of the twentieth century, especially after the impacts of the two world wars.

Senones is nonetheless a very tourist town and appreciated by visitors coming to discover an architectural and historical heritage of great interest.

Geographical information

Latitude48.3950880 (N 48° 23’ 42”)
Longitude6.9815250 (E 6° 58’ 53”)
AltitudeFrom 328m to 722m
Surface area18.73 km²
Population2516 inhabitants
Density134 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureEpinal (34 mi, 1h03)
Insee code88451
IntercommunalityCA de Saint-Dié-Des-Vosges
RegionGreat East

Nearest cities & towns

Vieux-Moulin1.1 mi (4 min)
La Petite-Raon1.2 mi (3 min)
Ménil-de-Senones2.3 mi (6 min)
Le Mont3.2 mi (8 min)
Moussey3.3 mi (7 min)
Moyenmoutier3.5 mi (6 min)
Le Saulcy4 mi (8 min)
Le Puid4.3 mi (10 min)
Belval4.3 mi (8 min)
Le Vermont5.1 mi (12 min)
Châtas5.2 mi (13 min)
Grandrupt5.7 mi (13 min)
Ban-de-Sapt6 mi (14 min)
Hurbache6 mi (14 min)

Things to see and do

Built in the 7th century, then rebuilt in the 18th century, the Senones abbey was famous for its library of more than fifteen thousand volumes. At the beginning of the 19th century, it was converted into a textile factory. Nearby, you can admire the tower of the Saint-Gondelbert abbey church, the only remaining vestige of this 12th century building rebuilt in the middle of the 19th century.

While strolling in the commune of Senones, you will also be able to discover the Saint-Maurice church rebuilt in 1749, the chapel of the hospital, the chapel of pity, or the Protestant temple of the end of the XIXth century.

Classified as an historic monument, the castle of Prince Salm Salm dates from the second half of the 18th century. Classical style, it is transformed into a spinning mill in 1821, then into a mechanical learning center of the Manufactures of Senones. Today private property, it hosts individual housing.

A green lane installed on the circuit of the green way of Rabodeau allows to make beautiful walks on foot or by bike.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

The market is held every Monday and Friday morning.

Guided tours of the abbey are organized from April to October and all year round for groups.

In July and August, it is possible to attend some Sundays at the Changing of the Guard at 11am.

The Abbey Festival offers many concerts and other events in July and August.

In December, a Christmas market takes place with a parade of floats and a singing show.

Exhibition Paintings by Steve Schuyler
Summer exhibition Living the World
The Xviè Edition Abbeys Festival
Abbeys Festival: The Ballads of Monsieur Brassens by the Lunaisians
Concert of the Vocal Ensemble of Salm
5th Edition of the Men's Choir Festival


Staircase of the abbey
Staircase of the abbey
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Rocks of Lanceux - Dolmen
Rocks of Lanceux - Dolmen
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Belvedere of Mother Henry
Belvedere of Mother Henry
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Roche Mother Henry (curious profile)
Roche Mother Henry (curious profile)
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Rocks of Lanceux
Rocks of Lanceux
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Roche Mother Henry
Roche Mother Henry
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Rock of the scales
Rock of the scales
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Rock of the scales
Rock of the scales
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Rocks of Lanceux - Dolmen
Rocks of Lanceux - Dolmen
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Saturday 22 july
Min. 16°C - Max. 28°C
Sunday 23 july
Min. 18°C - Max. 34°C
Monday 24 july
Min. 21°C - Max. 36°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The route of the 3 abbeys (Senones, Moyenmoutier, Etival).

True link between the 3 abbeys, the green way or path of the abbeys. A course of 10 km, with no difference in level to walk, bike, rollerblading...

Located on the former front line during the First World War, the sites of Fontenelle, Chipotte, Chapelotte and Roche Mère Henry.

The garden of Callunes.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit the Confitures du Climont jam workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeRanrupt (9.5 mi)
Helicopter flight in Alsace
Sports sensations74 € to 410 € Colmar (26 mi)
Tour of Colmar in the little tourist train
Culture and education350 € to 650 € Colmar (28 mi)
Interactive visit of a leather workshop
Arts and Crafts10 € Basse-sur-le-Rupt (30 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Tour of Mount Saint-Jean
HikeEasy1h00Solbach (10.3 mi)
Serva Waterfalls
HikeIntermediate3h15Rothau (11.2 mi)
Alumni Promenade
HikeEasy1h40Rombach-le-Franc (15 mi)
Circuits of 7 roses - country of 2 Sarres
HikeIntermediate5h15Saint-Quirin (15.3 mi)
Bramont Circuit
HikeIntermediate2h30Plainfaing (15.4 mi)


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