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New for 2017

Hiking around Mont St Odile

Major sites of Alsace history around the Mont Sainte Odile

New for 2017

Hiking around Mont St Odile

From the picturesque city of Barr, this three days hike around the Mont Sainte Odile will take you from castle to castle on a big sandstone mountain with ever changing terrain, fantastic rocks and forests. The mountain and its surroundings contain evidence of Celtic settlements and is notable for its stone fortifications called “the Pagan Wall”, a 6.2 mile long archaeological enigma.

Holiday Highlights

  • Barr, capital of Alsacian vineyards
  • Mont Sainte-Odile and its abbey
  • The Pagan Wall
  • Beautiful forests and numerous castles
  • Typical Alsacian villages with character
  • Mittelbergheim, “Plus Beau Village de France”
  • Three star hotels and warm welcomes
  • Well marked walking paths
  • Pet friendly
  • GPS tracks available

What's Included

  • 4 nights half board
  • 3 days walking
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrive Barrday 1

    Summary

    Arrive in Barr. At the foot of the Mont Ste Odile Barr is the capital of vineyards in Alsace (during the mid-July wine festival you can taste over 200 local wines in the town hall). With its twisting cobbled streets, Renaissance houses, flowery squares, Barr is a quintessence of Alsace. Admire its fountains, half timbered houses and sculptured porches. Stay in the 19th century hotel “Hortensias”. You could start with a massage treatment before diner.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Pool
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace

    Hôtel Les Hortensias Barr

    Elegant three star hotel above the medieval town of Barr often referred to as the little chateau Dietz, for whom it was built in the 19th century.

    Facilities

    • Comfortable modern and classic rooms.
    • En suite bathrooms.
    • TV and WiFi.
    • Lounge bar.
    • Terrace.
    • Swimming pool.

    Board

    Cuisine

    Cuisine First class food using regional produce, flavours and colour.

    Sample Menu

    Entrée

    • Foie gras de canard maison, chutney de Rhubarbe

    Plat

    • Filet de boeuf au beurre Maitre d'Hôtel ou Pavé de Mulet noir, émincé de poireaux et crème au chorizo

    Dessert

    • Assiette de 3 fromages ou Crème Brûlée aux zestes d’orange, glace vanille
  • 2

    Barr to Ottrott day 2

    Summary

    Head to the Landsberg castle, well worth a visit. Dating from the13th century, it’s an imperial creation to protect the Abbey Ste Odile. Carry on and have your first contact with the Pagan Wall whose origin is still a mystery. Head towards (and possibly visit) the Abbey of Mont Ste Odile and continue to the remarkable castles of Ottrott, the Rathsamhausen and the Lutzelbourg. Arrive in Ottrott famous for its red wine made from Pinot noir grown on the surrounding 25 km2 vineyards. Stay at the Domaine le Moulin hotel for the night. Enjoy the excellent food and the great local wines.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior

    Hôtel Domaine le Moulin Ottrott

    Quaint rooms with wooden furnishings in a country-style hotel offering a traditional restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Comfortable rooms
    • Charming restaurant

    Board

    Cuisine

    Cuisine Traditional and gourmet cuisine

    Sample menu

    Entrée

    • Salade de Crevettes

    Plat

    • Carré d'agneau au Thym

    Dessert

    • Crème Brûlée à la Pistache

    13 mi
    (21km)

  • 3

    Ottrott to Le Hohwald day 3

    Summary

    Climb to the summit of Heidenkopf and arrive at Kagenfels, a ruined castle, being restored by volunteers and Birkenfels, another listed ruin dating back from the 13th century. Arrive in Le Hohwald, a relaxed holiday resort and mountain village nestled in a pine forest. If you feel energetic go and see its cascade . Tonight you are sleeping at La Petite Auberge, a comfortable 3 star Logis de France hotel where English is spoken.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior

    La Petite Auberge Hohwald

    A two star village inn situated in the centre of Le Hohwald, with a popular restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Comfortable traditional rooms.
    • En suite bathrooms.
    • Television.

    Board

    Cuisine

    Cuisine Three chimney Logis de France restaurant

    11 mi
    (18km)

  • 4

    Le Hohwald to Barr day 4

    Summary

    Today’s walk on the forestry paths takes you to the Château du Spesbourg whose wide donjon is being restored. It dominates the valley above the village of Andlau. Along the way, discover the castle of Andlau, a sturdy ruin with twin towers on a rocky spine covered in woodlands. Partially restored it is maintained for visitors by a committed team of volunteers. Pass through Mittelbergheim, surrounded by vineyards and on “the most beautiful villages of France” list and rejoin your starting point in Barr. Stay a second night at Les Hortensias.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Pool
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace

    Hôtel Les Hortensias Barr

    Elegant three star hotel above the medieval town of Barr often referred to as the little chateau Dietz, for whom it was built in the 19th century.

    Facilities

    • Comfortable modern and classic rooms.
    • En suite bathrooms.
    • TV and WiFi.
    • Lounge bar.
    • Terrace.
    • Swimming pool.

    Board

    Cuisine

    Cuisine First class food using regional produce, flavours and colour.

    Sample Menu

    Entrée

    • Foie gras de canard maison, chutney de Rhubarbe

    Plat

    • Filet de boeuf au beurre Maitre d'Hôtel ou Pavé de Mulet noir, émincé de poireaux et crème au chorizo

    Dessert

    • Assiette de 3 fromages ou Crème Brûlée aux zestes d’orange, glace vanille

    11 mi
    (18km)

Route & Location

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  • From £579 per person

  • Outward Depart St Pancras International, change in Paris or Lille for TGV to Strasbourg arriving late afternoon. Local train to Barr, hotel 10 mins on foot.

    Return Depart local train from Barr to Strasbourg, change trains in Paris or Lille, arrive St Pancras International early evening.

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