Peatland discovery route

Peatland discovery route

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This original course crisscrossing a peat swamp will delight fans of unusual flora and fauna!
A peat bog is a wetland, colonized by vegetation, whose particular ecological conditions have allowed the formation of a soil consisting of a real fossil plant rock. In the case of the Hanau peat bog, mainly Sphagnum (mosses that absorb large amounts of water), but thanks to the association with the pond and peat habitats, the site is also rich in dragonflies and amphibians.


The trail begins on the pontoon in front of the restaurant "La voile blanche", approaches the water on the peat bog, then goes into the pine forest to return to the start.

26 explanatory and beautifully illustrated markers punctuate the path and accompany the visitors to allow them to discover the different natural and landscape atmospheres of the course.

A walk of nearly 2 km, tracing nearly 10,000 years of history, to do with family, to know everything and understand about the treasures and riches of this peat-pond.

A place of education and awareness of nature. It allows:

> to admire an exceptional flora (carnivorous plants) and fauna (frogs, dragonflies);

> to discover the interest of peat bogs for the study of vegetation and actions of man on his environment over the millennia

> to be charmed by the beauty of nature.

  • Departure : Pontoon on the pond of Hanau, in front of the restaurant "La voile blanche", Philippsbourg
  • Arrival : Pontoon on the pond of Hanau, in front of the restaurant "La voile blanche", Philippsbourg
  • Towns crossed : Philippsbourg


Altimetric profile

Sensitive areas

Along your trek, you will go through sensitive areas related to the presence of a specific species or environment. In these areas, an appropriate behaviour allows to contribute to their preservation. For detailed information, specific forms are accessible for each area.
Impacted practices:
Aerial, , Land, Vertical
Sensitivity periods:
Email : Tél. : 03 88 01 49 59

Information desks

Pays de Bitche Tourist Office - Baerenthal - Philippsbourg branch

1 rue du printemps d'Alsace, 57230 Baerenthal 33 (0)3 87 06 16 16
A digital screen with tourist information is at your disposal. 
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Tourist Office of the Pays de Bitche

2 avenue du Général De Gaulle, 57230 Bitche (0)3 87 06 16 16

Access and parking

In Philippsbourg, take the D662 towards Éguelshardt then take the D162F on the right before turning right again on the rue de l'étang.


Emergency number :114

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