Eric Marguet

The 1000 étangs : an ideal playground for nature lovers

Shaped by glaciers over 12,000 years ago, the plateau of the 1000 étangs offers numerous possibilities for excursions: hiking, mountain biking, museums, villages of character, fishing, horse riding... In all seasons, the plateau amazes visitors by the beauty of its unique landscapes in the region. It is sometimes even nicknamed "Little Finland".

Between forests and peat bogs, fields and villages, and of course, the numerous ponds, this region is rich and fascinating! 220 km2 of an extraordinary playground between Melisey, Servance, the Col des Croix and Faucogney.

1000 étangs Tourist office


Destination 70
The Grande Pile peat bog

A '1000 time stroll' in Saint-Germain

Destination 70

The Grande Pile peat bog, in Saint-Germain, just next to Lure, is a very interesting preserved natural area to discover.

In 2022, a new trail was created to highlight this sensitive environment: "Balade à 1000 temps" is a 5km circuit with wooden pontoons, and fun panels to learn more about the peat bog and the surrounding area. Climatic particularities, fauna, flora: you will quickly understand why this place is unique!

Office de Tourisme de Lure
Belfort Tourisme

The Ballon d'Alsace: enjoy the mountain air in all seasons

In the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park, the Ballon d'Alsace is situated on the border of 4 departments: it's one of the most important summits in the region, in terms of the beauty of its landscapes and the activities on offer. It is labeled "historic route of the Tour de France" and attracts many cyclists and bikers on its roads.

In summer, you can hike there, enjoy the 360° panorama and taste the famous blueberry pies. In winter, you can put on snowshoes, skis or snowboards or come with your family for crazy toboggan rides!

More information about Ballon d'Alsace


Une journée au vert

Lac du Malsaucy: a green haven and leisure centre

Less than an hour's drive from Luxeuil-les-Bains, the Malsaucy lake is the largest lake in the Belfort region. A beautiful, rich and preserved environment, it will delight both nature lovers and the curious in search of leisure activities!

Hiking, swimming, canoeing, archery, the choice is wide to keep the whole family busy. At the beginning of July, the peninsula is taken over by festival-goers for the Eurockéennes de Belfort: 3 to 4 days of music and festivities! A programme of events is specially published for summer: gourmet walks, open-air cinema or even pedalos concerts, the events are original!

Les animations au Malsaucy

Other ideas for nature outings

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