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The walks

The trails and forest paths around La Cholotte offer you many possibilities for walking, so you can discover magnificent views of the Auberge from the massif opposite.

Taste the calm of the Etang des Huttes, find the St-Jacques stone where the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela engraved a cross before descending to take shelter in the church of St Jacques du Stat (12th century), and the American monument erected in memory of the sacrifices of the 36th Texas Division (USA).

The rocks of a magical pink sandstone dominate the valley and offer superb viewpoints, such as the Pierre de la Roche, the Roche du Thoné, energy stones to recharge you with positive energy.

Discover at the turn of a path the warm facade of an old Vosges farmhouse in pink sandstone, so characteristic with its large semicircular barn door and its three rows, dwelling, barn and stable,

Visit the bottom of the valley, the Haut-fer de Brouaumont, a very old sawmill, the Gallic Tumulus or the Celtic camp of Chazeté.

During your walks, you may have the joy of coming across a deer, wild boars or perhaps even seeing one of the last capercaillies living in this massif.


Abbey of Autrey:

Founded in 1149 by the Bishop of Metz on his return from the 2nd Crusade; abbey of regular canons of Arrouaise, sold during the Revolution, it became a wire drawing factory (piano wires, nails and pins), seminary in 1859, taken over by the state in 1905, it was a hospice, then again a seminary in 1931 .

The tower, demolished in 1791 was rebuilt in 1866, the nave which lost a span was built from 1711 to 1715, the transept, choir and St Hubert chapel date from Abbot Stévenel (1537) in a style mixing Gothic and Renaissance.


The cathedral, whose Romanesque part dates from the 12th century, and the facade built around 1711 is inspired by the Venetian churches of Palladio. The small church, Notre Dame de Galilée, in a very pure Romanesque style, bears witness to the Lorraine school of the south. Between the two a very beautiful gothic cloister, from the 15th and 16th centuries, including the pink sandstone preaching pulpit with an abat-sound.


In the heart of the county of Salm, was founded in 720 by St Gondelbert, it was the abbot Antoine de Pavie who rebuilt the abbey from 1090 to 1124. The octagonal tower which covers the square of the crossing of the transept is an exceptional form in Lorraine.Dom Calmet (1672-1757), abbot of Senones was a scholar who left many works on the history of Lorraine, Voltaire stayed in Senones in 1754 to flee the police of the King of France.


If nothing remains of the 11th century Romanesque abbey in the style of the most beautiful Lorraine cathedrals of the first Romanesque age, its church, rebuilt in the 18th century (1765-1776) is one of the most beautiful religious monuments of this period in the Vosges. .


Behind an 18th century facade, there is a magnificent building from the end of the 12th century in pink sandstone, very similar to the Romanesque nave of Saint-Dié. Like St-Dié, it was blown up in 1944 and rebuilt identically.


Monastery founded in 629 by Romaric and Amé, then convent of women and chapter of canonesses reserved for the nobility, who vigorously defended their privileges until the Revolution.Of the second church consecrated in 1049 by Pope Leon IX, only the crypt remains, a fine ensemble with very simple decor. The high church dates from the 13th century is remarkable, very slender the building is vaulted on ribbed vaults. the choir dates from the 17th century. 18th century facade and onion-domed bell tower.

Local industries

Do business in local production stores,

Superb quality sheets, bath towels, Vosges linen, tablecloths: the "Kelsch" decor created in Gérardmer at the beginning of the 20th century is still a best-seller,

Local pottery, such as Jeanménil, Rambervillers flamed stoneware, Rambervillers Museum

Visit the Portieux crystal factory, 30km to the west, the largest in Lorraine in 1885, the world famous Baccarat factory, the earthenware museum in Badonviller, or the world of woodworking in the old sawmills by visiting the valley of Hauts-fers in particular the upper valley of Mortagne near Cholotte.

Unearth the book or engraving that is missing from your collection by rummaging through the thousands of books in the booksellers gathered in the village of Fontenoy-la-Joute.

In the footsteps of the great wars

Many memories bear witness to the battles that raged in this border region during the last three wars, 1870, 1914-18 and 1939-45.

Brouvelieures, theater of battles between the Mobiles, Snipers and Germans, Battle of Nompatelize, La Salle (1870).

the Chipotte pass military cemetery, the Spitzemberg monument, a peak to the east of Saint Dié, fiercely disputed during the 1914-18 war (War memorial, Ruins of the feudal castle).

During the German withdrawal, in August 1944, the region of Bruyères, Gérardmer and Saint-Dié became one of their support pockets; The Americans will take 1 month and will lose 1000 men to cross the 25 km which separate Bruyères from Saint-Dié. The Battle of Bruyères is one of the 10 most terrible in US history. A monument recalls the memory of the 17 American Division, in the woods opposite La Cholotte.

The riches of Lorraine and Alsace

Very close and object of excursions during the day, The Hautes-Vosges: Gérardmer and its lake, the road to the ridges, white lake, black lake, green lake, the Hohneck,

The Bonhomme pass, the Schlucht pass or the Sainte-Marie tunnel take you to Alsace: Colmar or "little Venice" and its Unterlinden Museum, the wine route with its string of picturesque and flowery little villages, the Fortified castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg, The Monastery of Sainte-Odile, Strasbourg

Lorraine side, Saint-Dié des Vosges, godmother of America, it is here that a group of humanists, Le Gymnase Vosgien, baptized in 1507 the new continent of the name of AMERICA, Epinal and its Museum, The fortress from Chatel sur Moselle, Lunéville and the Château de Stanislas, Nancy, capital of the Dukes: Old town, Place Stanislas, a classical ensemble unique in the world, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Art.
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