In the heart of the Vosges mountains, and more precisely in the Ballons des Vosges regional nature park, Xonrupt-Longemer is a charming little village surrounded by a variety of landscapes that change with the seasons. A ski resort in winter, a lakeside green tourism destination in summer, the village is an amazing place to discover on your next camping vacation in the Vosges, around 21 km south-east of the Domaine des Messires campsite. Xonrupt-Longemer, in the heart of the Vosges Xonrupt-Longemer is a mid-mountain village of just over 1,500 inhabitants, ideally situated in the Vologne valley in the Vosges. Most of the chalets are made of wood. Its history is fairly recent. For centuries, the village was just a small hamlet of Gerardmer, where Charlemagne passed through. The commune was created in 1919, and its church was built a few years before the Second World War. Located at the foot of a small ski resort offering a variety of ski and snowshoe trails, Xonrupt-Longemer becomes a place of communion with nature in summer. The village is bordered by the superb Lac de Longemer, one of 3 lakes in the valley, the other 2 being Lac de Gerardmer and Lac de Retournemer.
What to do in Xonrupt-Longemer
Xonrupt-Longemer is a green tourism destination. Lac de Longemer, a glacial lake, is known as the “mirror of 1,000 reflections” . Surrounded by campsites and restaurants, it offers a wide range of tourist activities, including fishing, various water sports and hiking . The 6 km trail takes just 1.5 hours to complete. From the trail, a few viewpoints can be reached with a little more walking, including the Diable rock and the Vieux Chevaux rock to the south of the lake. Other hikes can be found in the Vallée des Lacs and the Ballons des Vosges regional nature park. Another must-do if you’re traveling with children is the Vologne pearls tourist trail, a treasure-hunt-style stroll.Among the region’s must-see places, the Haut Chitelet high-altitude garden is a world tour of alpine plant species that will appeal to nature lovers. Over 2,500 species to discover! The garden is located to the east of the village and lake, at an altitude of 1228 m, along the Route des Crêtes. During your visit, take the time to make a detour to the Hohneck, a peak at 1363 m offering a beautiful view of the Lacs valley.
Where to eat in Xonrupt-Longemer
Despite its small size, Xontupt-Longemer boasts a number of exceptional restaurants offering a taste of Vosges cuisine. One example is Les Jardins de Sophie, a Michelin-recommended restaurant offering superb mountain views. For lakeside dining, head for La Clairière, a waterfront restaurant. Here you can sample some of the Vosges specialities, then spend the afternoon on the adjoining beach or hire a pedalo. Va’Chalet, Refuge du Sotré Route des Crêtes, Auberge du Lac and Chalet Gourmand are other restaurants where you can eat in Xontupt-Longemer.