The Crest Road was built during the First World War. It played a strategic role in terms of communication and logistics and of the defence of the Front des Vosges. The rocky outcrop known as Hartmannswillerkopf or “Vieil Armand” bears witness to this time period.

The more than 70 km of this panoramic route link Cernay to Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines and pass through the ski resorts of Markstein, Grand Ballon (the highest point of the Vosges Mountains), the summit of Hohneck and the Col de la Schlucht mountain pass. The route is accessible from the valleys of Doller, Thur, Florival, Munster, Weiss and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines.

The ridges offer stunning views of the distinctive landscapes of the Vosges Mountains: passes, summits, lakes, and mountain pastures. Beyond the Alsace plain, catch sight of the Black Forest, Austria, Lichtenstein and Mont Blanc.

Popular with hikers, the Crest Road is dotted with farmhouse restaurants combining agricultural activities with farm visits, and serve famous marcaire meals and Munster cheese.

This road is closed during the winter, generally from mid-December to the end of March.

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