The Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park spans the departments of Moselle and Bas-Rhin. Created in 1975, it comprises 111 municipalities, an exceptional territory in terms of natural, historic and cultural heritage. It is grouped into three main areas: the forest massif, the Lorrain plateau and the Piedmont. It forms a triangle between Bitche, Saverne and Wissembourg.
The forest covers 65% of the territory, between the foothills of the Vosges massif and sandstone cliffs, clearings and ponds. The wildlife is also very abundant there, including many chamois and stags, deer, boar, hazel grouse and even lynx!
There are a great many castles and remains of defensive castles, often erected on sandstone spurs, including Fleckenstein Castle from the 12th century, La Petite-Pierre Castle from the 13th century, which now houses the Park House, the remains of Lichtenberg Fortress, the castles of Reichshoffen, Wittschloessel, Wasenbourg, Schoeneck, Loewenstein... most are listed Historic Monuments.
There are many scenic spots to discover: Wissembourg, Hunspach, Graufthal, Neuwiller-lès-Saverne, Reichshoffen... They all bear witness to the region's medieval past and their typical streets with flower-adorned balconies are very inviting for a stroll. Beautiful chapels, an important military heritage including five structures from the Maginot Line, archaeological sites, and many museums about history, popular traditions and skills complete the list of the park's tourist attractions.
The region has expertise in glass and crystal. Three internationally renowned glassmaking sites are well worth a visit. One of them, Lalique, also has its own museum.
As a "Tourist destination of excellence", the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park has been awarded the "World Biosphere Label" by UNESCO. Its natural areas can be enjoyed on foot, on horseback, by bike... You can walk its countless hiking paths to really get close to nature, with 2,600 kilometres of marked itineraries!
All year round, the park organises outings to discover the region's biodiversity. It is very committed to the sustainable development of its territory, and also runs the "Volunteers for the Climate" project, which raises awareness and helps citizens cut their greenhouse gas emissions.