Micro-adventure, 3-day itinerary in Alsace on the GR 53

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3 days 2 nights


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About this getaway

Enjoy a comfortable 3-day micro-adventure on the GR 53 in Alsace's northern Vosges mountains without a car or luggage.

Immerse yourself in the discovery of this forest massif, marvelling at the castles of La Petite Pierre and Lichtenberg or the troglodytic houses of Graufthal on a mythical trail, the GR53, the first French GR to be awarded the Leading Quality Trail label.

You'll have nothing to do but admire the cathedral forests, smell the damp moss in the early morning, touch the grasses, breathe in the fresh air and listen to the symphony of birds as you enjoy ½ board and the transfer of your heavy luggage between the 3 stages.

To find out more about this micro-adventure, you can read this article on the Vosges Qui Peut blog.

Practical information

The route can also be taken in a north-south direction, ask us.

Supply of a roadbook with details of the 3-day walk and points of interest. 55 KM D+ 1779m

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


This route can be taken from Saverne station to Niederbronn les Bains station.

This adventure departs from Paris by TGV on day 1 and returns to the capital at the end of the day on day 3.

Ditto for all major cities (please contact us).

A supplement of €40 per person is charged during the summer period (July 1 to August 31).


Departure for the 1st stage of our escapade, from Saverne - the gateway to Asace - to Niederbronn les Bains via the GR 53 from south to north. Passing by a curiosity in Graufthal: La Maison des Rochers and the ruins of an Abbey. Via the Rocher du Corbeau (Raven Rock) and the Jardin des Poétes (Poet's Garden), you'll reach the Citée Castrale de La Petite Pierre with its castle, headquarters of the VDN Regional Nature Park. 6H00 walk excluding breaks | 21km | Déniv + 689 m | Déniv - 541 m

A more relaxing and "cool" day today through a magnificent forest with a variety of tree species, the disconnection from the real world is working!

Above the village of La Petite Pierre, you can swing over a "landscape window" and admire the unspoilt Vosges du Nord environment, then discover a large sandstone rock, the Ochenstall. Look out for abundant wildlife. Visit the Lichtenberg castle before it closes (5 or 6 p.m. depending on the season) for a 360° view of the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO).

4H30 walking approx. 17 KM + 342 M - 335 M

Already your 3rd day walking in Alsace. You can rest at the Ute in the bucolic hamlet of Muhlthal, before tackling the ruins of the grand Arnsbourg and Wasenbourg castle. Then, after the üte du guetteur, you have 1 hour to reach the beautiful spa town of Niederbronn, where your adventure comes to an end.

6H walking approx 20 KM + 584 M - 743 M


  • 2 nights in comfortable B&B or equivalent in 2 or 3* hotels, based on 2 people per room.
  • 2 Diners (1/2 board excluding drinks)
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Transport of your heavy luggage (max. 13 KG per person) between the 3 stages. On the last day, it will be handed over to you personally at the station.
  • Detailed travel documents (vouchers)
  • The daily roadbook.
  • The GPX trace of the route (for your hiking app on your phone).
  • Entrance to Château du Lichtenberg and
  • Admission to the Maison des Rochers in Graufthal (day 1).
  • Traces 7/7 telephone hotline


  • Repatriation insurance in the event of an incident.
  • Tourist tax for 3 nights (2-3€ PP).
  • Your train tickets to Saverne and back from Wissembourg.
  • Picnics and refreshments (Traces will provide you with a list of possible refreshment points).
  • Additional options available on the site.



Participants min

2 persons

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!

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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Please allow 15 days for optimal preparation of your getaway.

  • In Saverne, additional night with breakfast (double occupancy), per person(€75)
  • In Wissembourg, additional night with breakfast and hotel SPA access (double occupancy), per person(€70)
  • Dog supplement (for 3 days). The possibility must first be confirmed as some hotels do not accept dogs (€40).
  • Customized wellness massage 1H (available at La Petite Pierre), 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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