Suggested routes in Northern Alsace
5Cross-country cycle trails East-West
Along the river Bruche and its canal
Offenburg (D) / Strasbourg / Molsheim / Schirmeck / Col du Donon / Baccarat (54)
|_________________________ 123.2 Km _________________________|
|____________ 67 Km ____________|
This cross- border trail which arrives from Offenburg leaves Strasbourg to go south along a cycle track laid out along the river Ill, which flows through the Alsatian capital. The trail then follows the Bruche canal, which was built by Vauban to transport the red sandstone of the Vosges for the construction of the fortifications of Strasbourg. It comes out at Molsheim, whose Town- Hall square features a large number of monuments. The route then winds its way along the long Bruche valley and takes you through a large number of villages whose main source of income is forestry. It gradually tightens up as far as Schirmeck before beginning to ascend the Donon pass. At the top there is a superb panoramic view over the Vosges. The route then goes on into Lorraine through the valley of the Plaine towards Baccarat, capital of the crystal industry.