GR® 53 : stage 4

GR® 53 : stage 4

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Fourth stage of the Crossing of the Massif des Vosges, this hike connects Lichtenberg to La Petite-Pierre.
The Grande Randonnée® 53 trail is a variant of the GR® 5 that links Wissembourg to Masevaux, that is to say the north and south of Alsace, via the Vosges ridges. This hike roaming through part of the Regional Natural Park of Vosges du Nord, you can pass near castles in ruins from which you can admire beautiful views!


Along the way, follow the red rectangle markup.

  • Departure : Rue du château, Lichtenberg
  • Arrival : Tourist Office, La Petite-Pierre
  • Towns crossed : Lichtenberg, Wimmenau, Erckartswiller, Sparsbach, and La Petite-Pierre

6 points of interest

  • Refuge-shelters

    Bragigand bus shelter

  • Expertise

    Wimmenau Oil Mill

  • Museum

    Maison de l'Histoire et des Traditions museum

    One of the most beautiful houses in Wimmenau is the Swiss Scherer house, built by Bernese who came to repopulate Alsace after the Thirty Years' War (1618-48). Built in the Renaissance style of the Bernese Oberland in 1669, it was transformed in 1718 and 1800. The Association for the Protection of the Heritage maintains it for 20 years and collects the objects of the rural life of the Northern Vosges. The house has been restored strictly respecting archaeological discoveries.
  • Refuge-shelters

    Wimmenau Hiker’s Refuge

  • Geology

    Rocher d'Ochsenstall

  • Monuments and architecture

    The House of the Pagans

    Built in 1534 at the initiative of Palatine Count Louis V, its architecture, unique in Alsace, is as much civil as miliary. Built on a rocky promontory overlooking the forest, the site was occupied by a watchtower in the Gallo-Roman era, as evidenced by traces of foundations in the cellar. Considered a high vibratory place, it would mark the location of a Celtic place of worship.


Altimetric profile

Information desks

Information Office of Niederbronn-les-Bains - Head Office of Alsace Verte Tourist Office

6 place de l’Hôtel de Ville, 67110 Niederbronn-les-Bains (0)3 88 80 89 70

Tourist Office of Hanau - La Petite Pierre

2A rue du Château, 67290 La Petite-Pierre (0)3 88 70 42 30

Access and parking

From Haguenau, take the D919 to Schweighouse. Continue to Pfaffenhoffen then take the D326 to Rothbach. Take the D198 then turn left towards Lichtenberg.

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