Camping du Chateau is situated in the heart of the Vosges some 595 km from Utrecht (the Netherlands). 620 km from Dover, GB and 740 km from London.
The Vosges department is located in North-Eastern France. It is named after the mountain range and the Moselle river flows through it. The capital of the department is Epinal. In spring and summer the countryside is alive with wild flowers and animals. This is a good time for walking. The western part of the Vosges is a flatter area whereas the east has a large granite mountain, Grand Ballon (1424 m). “Ballon” means rounded summit.
The Vosges’ flora and fauna are rich and varied. With, in spring, “jonquilles (daffodil), a symbol of the Vosges, orchids, wild roses, periwinkles, heather, ferns and mushrooms. There are also blackberries raspberries and of course blueberries, known as “myrtilles”, the other symbol of the Vosges.
Fauna – stags, roe deer, chamois, hares, foxes, stoats, butterflies, woodcocks, grouse, peregrine falcons, grey herons, storks. You will find the Vosges attractive in every way.
Le lac Noir (black lake) and le lac Blanc (white lake) are to be found in the glacial cirques of the Vosges mountains, surrounded by high cliffs and forests. Don’t forget to visit Lac de Blanchemer, the most beautiful glacial lake, or Gerardmer, Longemer and Retournemer. Lovely swimming or sailing on some of the lakes. The waterfalls are also a must.
The mountains are a paradise for walkers in the spring, summer and autumn and in the summer the lakes are good for swimming and sailing. In the winter the area is excellent for downhill and cross-country skiing.
Besides the magnificent surroundings there are many lovely villages, with markets selling local produce. Munster, Riquewihr, Colmar and Gerardmer (nicknamed the pearl of the Vosges) are highly recommended and Strassbourg is worth a visit.