GR® 53 : stage 6

GR® 53 : stage 6

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Sixth stage of the Crossing of the Vosges Massif and last in the Northern Vosges, this hike connects Saverne to Wangenbourg.
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 : Locks number 30 and 31 of Saverne, Saverne
  • Arrival : Rue des Châtaigniers, Wangenbourg
  • Towns crossed : Saverne, Haegen, Reinhardsmunster, Dabo, and Wangenbourg-Engenthal

7 points of interest

  • Small patrimony

    Fontaine de la Licorne (Fountain of the Unicorn)

  • Castle-church-abbey

    Haut Barr fortified Chateau

    The castle existed from the beginning of the 12th century and was enlarged over the years before being dismantled in 1649. The chapel, built between 1170 and 1180, escapes the dismantling and is restored. Between 1701 and 1801, new elements appeared, like a telegraph station, barracks, a house. The last two elements were destroyed in 1845 and 1918. In 1901, a hotel restaurant was built.
  • Small patrimony

    Chappe Telegraph Tower

    Located near the castle of Haut-Barr, this tower was once part of the telegraph line connecting Paris to Strasbourg from May 31, 1798, until 1852. It was rebuilt in 1968. Today is a museum.
  • Castle-church-abbey

    Grand Géroldseck fortified Chateau

    Built in the 12th century by the lords of Géroldseck to protect their territories on a rock whose irregular shapes it follows, it combined housing and defense functions. Later it became a den of robbers and was besieged and destroyed in 1471. One can still see the square keep made of rusticated stones, the cellars of the large seigniorial dwelling and the barbican.
  • Geology

    Rocher du Hibou

  • Castle-church-abbey

    Rocher du Dabo

    In the 10th century, a castle was perched on this impressive sandstone rock. However, destroyed by the troops of Louis XIV, the rock remained bare for 150 years before a chapel was erected there in memory of Leo IX, Pope of the High Middle Ages born in Dabo. Destroyed in 1889, it was immediately rebuilt and an observation tower was added to its sides.


Altimetric profile

Information desks

Tourist Office of the Pays de Saverne

37 Grand'rue, 67700 Saverne (0)3 88 91 80 47

Access and parking

From Strasbourg, take the A35 then the A4 towards Saverne (tolls) or take the A35, the A351, the N4 then the D1004 to Saverne.

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