In the Vosges department, a stone’s throw from the German border, the town of Gérardmer is known for its year-round tourist activities. Just 19 km from Domaine des Messires campsiteYou’ll be amazed by the many attractions in and around the commune: hiking with breathtaking scenery, lakes, glacial waterfalls, coniferous forests, winter sports, water sports and outdoor activities for young and old alike.
What to see in Gérardmer
To say the least, there’s always something to keep you busy in Gérardmer. Here are a few ideas of must-see sites to visit during your stay in the region. This list is not exhaustive.
Lake Gérardmer: an enchanting place
At an altitude of 660 m, this magnificent lake is perfect for a swim or a cool stroll on hot summer days. Swimming is supervised from June to September. The largest natural lake in the Vosges will also seduce you with its exceptional views. It also boasts 6 km of trails ideal for family walks. You can walk, cycle or scooter around this magnificent lake.
The Mérelle observatory: a breathtaking view
This magnificent viewpoint is simply breathtaking. After a stroll and 87 steps to climb, you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of the lake and the surrounding Gérardmer area. For the less courageous, the Mérelle observatory is also accessible by car.
The Tendon waterfalls: a real spectacle
This walk is ideal for families. Lasting 2h30 round trip, it will delight young and old alike. You’ll discover two magnificent waterfalls and cross several small streams. Picnic tables are available all along the route.
The Berchigranges garden
Nestled on a former granite quarry, these themed gardens blend perfectly with the surrounding Vosges forest. At the Berchigranges garden, you’ll discover over 4,000 varieties of plants.
Visit the famous Vosges candy factory
Discover all the steps involved in making this well-known sweet . During this 25-minute tour, you’ll plunge into the heart of the confectioner’s trade, and marvel at their craftsmanship.
What you can do in Gérardmer
Hiking, water sports or skiing: there’s no shortage of things to do in Gérardmer. Whatever the season, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy and the young ones entertained.
Hiking: an essential mountain activity
If you like hiking, there’s plenty to do in the Vosges. You can undertake the ” Saut de la Bourrique – Cascade Mérelle“, or the“Pont des cuves – Iles Marie-Louise“. Don’t hesitate to visit the town’s tourist office for information on the many existing circuits.
Gérardmer and its famous ski resort
The Gérardmer ski area is extremely well known. This ski resort is particularly family-friendly, with a large number of green runs. There’s also a snowpark and the longest piste in the Vosges (the blue Chevreuils run).
Water sports and outdoor activities
Don’t hesitate to hire a boat for a trip around Lake Gérardmer, your children will be delighted. You can also try your hand at windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, dragon-boating and even diving.