Two Regional Nature Park
The Regional Nature Park of the Ballons des Vosges
The Regional Nature Park of the Ballons des Vosges covers three French regions (Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comté). It includes 187 towns and villages with a population of 238,000 inhabitants and a surface area of 2,700 km2. It is one of the largest and most populous regional nature parks in France. It boasts rare natural habitats such as mountain meadows, peatland, mixed fir and beech stands, hillside forests of oak and beech, chalk grasslands, waterways, ponds and lakes. Five nature reserves contribute to preserving the most prestigious habitats in the peaks, which are home to the highly diversified flora and fauna symbolic of the mountains.
The Park Information Centre houses 600 m2 of exhibition area on the landscapes, natural habitats, heritage and captivity in the Vosges Mountains.
The Regional Nature Park of the Northern Vosges
The Regional Nature Park of the Northern Vosges boasts a tremendously rich natural, historical, cultural and culinary heritage and has been classified as a “World Biosphere Reserve” by UNESCO. It is characterised by rolling hills, landscapes dotted with clearings and lakes, a broad-sweeping woodlands and the diversity of its flora and fauna. The free "pass'musée" card gives you admission at a reduced rate to 19 facilities in the Vosges Mountains (museums, castles, Maginot Line building and permanent exhibitions).
The Park Information Centre is located in the La Petite Pierre castle and offers 700 m2 of exhibitions on the land, vocations, natural, human and cultural wealth and varied landscapes, and also the Park’s future challenges through a range of fun activities.