La vie en Vosges is in many ways the good life and the region is a fine place to tiptoe away from the well-trodden trail. This little-known swath of softly rounded, lushly forest-cloaked heights, pastures, lakes and dairy farms has its own special allure.
The remote 3000-sq-km Parc Naturel Régional des Ballons des Vosges is surmounted by 1424m Grand Ballon, the highest peak in the range. Situated 20km southwest of Grand Ballon as the crow flies (by road, take the D465 from St-Maurice), the 1247m-high Ballon d’Alsace marks the meeting point of the Alsace, Franche-Comté and Lorraine régions.
The Vallée de Munster, northeast of the park, is one of the region's loveliest valleys.