Unspoiled natural wonders, a rich cultural heritage, plenty to see and do…discover everything that the Vosges Saônoises region has to offer.
Protected natural wonders: Ponds, rivers, waterfalls, peat bogs…water has shaped this land, and the “Plateau of 1000 ponds” serves as the most stunning example: a vast mosaic of ponds and peat bogs, interspersed with grasslands and forests and, to the south, the contours of the Ballons de Vosges regional natural reserve.
Centuries of remarkable architectural heritage: The Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut à Ronchamp, built in 1955 by Corbusier, is a symbol of contemporary sacred art revival; the streets of Luxeuil-les-Bains show the prosperity enjoyed during the Renaissance; and the medieval Oricourt castle, built in the mid-12th century, is perfectly preserved.
The Vosges Saônoises region has also protected the legacy left by centuries of rural life: historic bell-towers, numerous washhouses and fountains, the charming grain stores typical of the region, called “chalots,” and Vosges Saônoises “chari” farms with their wagon shelters and “lava” roofs.
Traditional arts and crafts: Fougerolles, land of the cherry, where kirsch is made; the Verrerie de Passavant la Rochère glassmakers, founded in 1475, the oldest handmade glassworks in France that is still active; the famous lace of Luxeuil - supremely fine, top-quality, and knit by hand.
Unique museums: the Pays de la Cerise Ecomuseum, covering the history and techniques used in distillation and the industry’s influence on local life; the indoor-outdoor Musée Départemental de la Montagne mountain museum, showing daily life and activities of years past; the Maison de la Négritude et des Droits de l’Homme negritude and human rights museum in Champagney, where villagers called for the abolition of the black slave trade in their register of grievances in 1787.
Activities: walks and hikes, biking, canoeing, swimming, spas and hydrotherapy...a wonderful variety of pastimes to let you enjoy nature to the fullest.
Events: baroque festivals, the storytelling festival, guided hikes... special events at every season in every corner of the region.
A wide range of accommodations to let you enjoy your stay in the Vosges Saônoises region in comfort, and Bistrots de Pays neighborhood pubs, where you can sample delicious local food and drink.