GR 53

  • Village of Windstein viewed from path beyond the Old Castle  - © Dick Everard
  • Froensburg Castle  - © Dick Everard
  • Entering the forest outside Obersteinbach - © Dick Everard
  • The forest outside Obersteinbach  - © Dick Everard
  • Beech forest between Obersteinbach and Windstein - © Dick Everard
  • View of Vosges forest from Windstein Castle - © Dick Everard
  • Sunken path near le Grand Arnsbourg  - © Dick Everard
  • Trout ponds near Moulin de la Petite-Pierre  - © Dick Everard
  • Path approaching Graufthal  - © Dick Everard
  • Fosse des Pandours on outskirts of Saverne - © Dick Everard
  • Michael Thompson on path between Haut-Barr castle and Rocher du Brotsch  - © Dick Everard
  • Path in forest near St Gall  - © Dick Everard
  • Path towards Lottelfels  - © Dick Everard
  • Path to Porte de Pierre  - © Dick Everard
  • Lovely level path beyond Struthof  - © Dick Everard
  • Path near Chalet du Rohrbach  - © Dick Everard
  • Ortenbourg Castle  - © Dick Everard

Key information: GR 53

    Beautiful walking through the beech and pine forests and even vineyards of this hilly area.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85.5
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest13.5
  • Human interest12
  • Charisma30
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating85.5

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your choice
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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Entering the forest outside Obersteinbach - © Dick Everard

WALK SUMMARY

Walkopedia friends Dick Everard says:

"A beautiful walk through beech and pine forests and even vineyards near Andlau and Barr.

An excellent path which was rarely rough and never muddy despite the fact that most paths in the UK at this time were a quagmire.

Generally gentle ascents and descents so not too arduous for old legs.

Accommodation in Refuges, Chambre d'hote, bed and breakfasts and hotels with a youth hostel in Saverne. Some difficulties faced in finding somewhere to eat in the evenings and many restaurants and hotels were closed, some permanently but others probably because it was early in the season.

My photographs can be seen on: https://www.flickr.com/gp/136214554@N06/718FTh

My diary for the GR53 walk is now available in either e-book for or pdf or print. All profits from my books go to the Austrian Alpine Club Mountain Refuge Fund or the Himalayan Trust 

http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8959527-short-walk-in-the-vosges-massif-15th-29th-april-20?ebook=675631 for the e-book and

http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8959527-short-walk-in-the-vosges-massif-15th-29th-april-20 for the print or pdf copies."

Walkopedia says: thank you so much, Dick. We're salivating!

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Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

COMMUNITY COMMENTS AND PHOTOS

Name: Dick Everard
Posted on: 13/06/2018

Walkopedia friends Dick Everrd says:

"I walked this during the last two weeks of April 2018 between Wissembourg and Chatenois which took 13 days walking.

A beautiful walk through beech and pine forests and even vineyards near Andlau and Barr. An excellent path which was rarely rough and never muddy despite the fact that most paths in the UK at this time were a quagmire, possibly due to the sandstone nature of the underlying rocks at the beginning of the walk and the amazing weather, up to 27 degrees on some days.

Generally gentle ascents and descents so not too arduous for old legs (my walking companion was in his 80s). Accommodation in Refuges, Chambre d'hote, bed and breakfasts and hotels with a youth hostel in Saverne. Some difficulties faced in finding somewhere to eat in the evenings and many restaurants and hotels were closed, some permanently but others probably because it was early in the season.

My photographs can be seen on: https://www.flickr.com/gp/136214554@N06/718FTh 

My diary for the GR53 walk is now available in either e-book for or pdf or print.

 

http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8959527-short-walk-in-the-vosges-massif-15th-29th-april-20?ebook=675631 for the e-book and

 

http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8959527-short-walk-in-the-vosges-massif-15th-29th-april-20 for the print or pdf copies


Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

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Path to Porte de Pierre  - © Dick Everard

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Trout ponds near Moulin de la Petite-Pierre  - © Dick Everard...
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