6 days of baggage-free roaming on the GR53 trails

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659 € per person
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6 days and 5 nights


1 person



About this getaway

La belle Randonnée: Massif des Vosges GR53 - First section - approx. 110 km

Discover the GR53 Northern Vosges from Wissembourg to Saverne on a 6-day itinerary. You'll encounter sandstone castles and citadels on France's only "Leading Quality trail Best of Europe"! Castles and citadels.

Walk lightly at your own pace through the wonderful forests of the Vosges du Nord on an exceptional itinerary following the famous red rectangle! The daily roadbook will invite you to cast off and immerse yourself in these magnificent Vosges forests for a guaranteed renaissance! Your luggage will be waiting for you at the stage.

Practical information

Equipment required: Technical all-weather clothing, suitable for the season and in which you feel comfortable trekking. A good pair of shoes (not new) and walking poles. A more detailed list will be provided at the time of booking. A swimsuit can be packed in your daypack at certain stages, when you'll be relaxing in the sauna or swimming pool after a day's walking...

Supply of a roadbook with details of each day.

Recommended reading: Topoguide GR Traversée du Massif des Vosges FFRandonnée and/or Guide ROTHER Grande Traversée des Vosges en 36 étapes by Thomas Striebig.

The program may be subject to minor changes, depending on the condition of the route, the availability of accommodation or other factors beyond Traces' control (closed sections, drought....).

This route can be taken from Wissembourg station to Saverne station.

If you are alone, please select the Single supplement option.

A supplement of €100 per person is charged during the summer period (July 1 to August 31).


Departure for the 1st leg of our escapade from Wissembourg to Lembach via the GR 53. Passage through Col du Pigeonnier, Pfaffenschlick and Soultzerkopf. Once in Lembach, you can visit the lime kiln, a former Maginot Line fortress.

4H30 to 5H walk excluding breaks | 15km | Déniv + 420 m | Déniv - 380 m

Continue on to the castles of Lowenstein, Hohenbourg and Fleckenstein, entrance fees included. Enjoy this magnificent route winding through mixed forests and sandstone citadels.

6 to 7H walk | 19 km | Déniv + 600 m | Déniv - 550 m

This new stage takes you through the Steinbach valley, past Schöneck castle and up to the Grand Wintersberg (highest point in the northern Vosges at 581 m). Once in Niederbronn-les-Bains, you're free to visit this spa town, renowned since Roman times.

6H walking | 18 km | Déniv + 650 m | Déniv - 700 m

In pursuit of the red rectangle, you'll pass through forests of fir trees, encountering astonishing castles and ending the day at one of the jewels of the Northern Vosges, the Lichtenberg, entrance included.

6H walking | 19 km | Déniv + 730 m | Déniv - 610 m

Today's program includes the Ochstenstall, a very special sandstone rock, followed by the small fortified town of La Petite Pierre with its castle housing the Maison du Parc Naturel régional des Vosges du Nord.

4H30 walk | 16.5 km | Déniv+ 250 m | Déniv - 250 m

Off you go on your last stage, passing the Johannisthal rock and the Hunebourg castle, to reach the pretty town of Saverne, gateway to the Northern Vosges, in the late afternoon.

6h walk | 21 km | Déniv + 500 m | Déniv - 330 m


End of the first section of the GR53. Crossing the Vosges Massif.
BRAVO! You've done it!
When will the 2nd section be completed?


  • 5 nights in 2 or 3* hotels (or equivalent gîtes or B&Bs) based on 2 people per room. Whenever possible, we try to alternate plush hotels with swimming pools or saunas with simpler accommodations for a variety of pleasures.
  • 5 breakfasts.
  • Transport of your heavy luggage (max. 15 KG per person) between the 6 stages.
  • Detailed travel documents.
  • The daily roadbook.
  • The GPX trace of the route (for your hiking app on your phone).
  • Admission to Fleckenstein Castle, Lichtenberg Castle and the Maison des Rochers in Graufthal.
  • Traces 7/7 telephone hotline


  • Repatriation insurance in the event of an incident.
  • Tourist tax for 5 nights.
  • The outward journey to Wissembourg and the return journey from Saverne.
  • Picnics, dinners and extras (expect to pay around €20/€30 for a main course with dessert at a restaurant).
  • Additional options available on the site.



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Frequently asked questions

Traces will provide you with a precise list of refreshment points on your route, according to your dates and days of hiking.

The lighter you are, the more you'll enjoy your day. Your heavy bag (max. 15 kg) will be waiting for you at the stage in the evening!


A few snacks, bottle or flask of water (2 to 3 L/day depending on the season/weather and your habits), small first-aid kit (disinfectant, blister dressings, painkillers, credit card + cash, survival blanket, whistle, Swiss Army knife or small pocketknife, your roadbook for the day, charged phone and camera.

The trail is very safe and there are few ravines or dangerous areas, but a sprain or fall can still happen. Remain calm and, depending on the severity of the accident, call 112, 15 or 18. Notify the Traces Hotline.

Call Traces, or text us your location and we'll arrange for a cab (at your expense) to pick you up and take you to your evening accommodation. Be sure to mark where you are so we can tell you where to join a pick-up route.

The GR 53 is a moderate, non-technical trail. There's very little elevation change on the 1st section, and not much altitude either (max. 581m). A few tough climbs to access panoramic views, but it's mostly endurance that will be required
If you don't know, you can call us to discuss it, or check it out by taking the test on the following link (Canadian site): https://chinookaventure.com/randonneur-es-teste-niveau/

Call us if you'd like to go hiking with your dog.



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Woman on the Château du Froensbourg on the GR53
Laurent E.

Ideal local organizer

A perfectly organized week. Thanks to the routes and the variety of accommodation on offer, we discovered the Northern Vosges. The Trace team is very attentive. Ideal for discovering the VDN.
Woman on the Château du Froensbourg on the GR53
Pascale D.

GR 53 - Part 1

Unable to organize our tour ourselves, we benefited from Traces' top-notch organization: attentive to our requests, luggage transported between each stage, different and pleasant accommodations. A great experience, with suggestions for visits and advice. We recommend Traces.
Woman on the Château du Froensbourg on the GR53
Elodie D.

GR 53

Everything was well organized. No nasty surprises. Lots of chateau along the way. No organization to deal with. I was even able to customize the end of the tour. We only carry our gear for the day, and suitcases are transported each day for greater comfort. Thank you so much!

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659 € per person
5 (3 Reviews)

Please allow 15 days for optimal preparation of your getaway.

  • Single supplement for the stay(€250)
  • In Wissembourg the day before departure, additional night including breakfast, per person(€70)
  • In Saverne, additional night including breakfast, per person(€75)
  • Dog supplement (for 6 days). The possibility must first be confirmed as some hotels do not accept dogs (€100).
  • Customized wellness massage 1H (possible at certain stages), per person(€80)
  • Reflex O Forêt (foot reflexology) at La Petite Pierre, per person(45 €)
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Why book with us?

  • Cancellation policy

    Cancellation policy

    Free cancellation 30 days before the activity (except €30 handling fee)

  • Eco-responsible


    Travel from station to station without a car

  • A unique hike

    A unique hike

    The only French trail to be awarded the "Leading Quality Trail Best of Europe" label


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