The 9 most beautiful villages in the Vosges

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Planning a trip to the Grand Est? Take a look at the most beautiful villages in the Vosges!

Taking its name from the massif that defines it, the Vosges department is full of little-known sites. When we think of the Vosges, we obviously think of Gérardmer and its lake, La Bresse and its ski slopes or Épinal and its image museum.

But there are so many other appointments to keep. Take advantage of this trip to Eastern France to explore its breathtaking landscapes.

Hiking, cycling, sports and cultural activities are all on offer along the way. And while you’re out and about, don’t forget to visit the small villages of the Vosges. They’re just waiting to pique your curiosity!

1. Neufchâteau

Neufchâteau village vosges

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Let’s start our journey through the villages of the Vosges with one of France’s most beautiful detours. Neufchâteau also boasts the Vosges’ first remarkable heritage site, as well as the Ville et Métiers d’Art label.

The city is also known as « the capital of stylish furniture and woodworking ». So there’s plenty to see and do even before you arrive.

Stroll through the heart of Neufchâteau and admire its history. Many buildings date back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Examples include the Hôtel de Houdreville, the Hôtel de Ville and the beautiful church of Saint-Christophe.

2. Senones

Senones village vosges

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Senones, one of the most beautiful villages in the Vosges, lies in the Rabodeau valley. What makes it special? It was once the capital of the principality of Salm-Salm! You’ll still be able to see the prince’s two châteaux, which are listed as historic monuments. However, they are not open to the public.

Another major site is the Benedictine abbey. Founded in the 7th century, it was rebuilt in the 18th century. The gardens, cloister and library are masterpieces in their own right.

Take part in guided tours that will reveal all the site’s secrets. The 3 abbeys route also takes you to the abbeys of Étival and Moyenmoutier.

3. Mirecourt

Mirecourt village vosges

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Between Épinal and Neufchâteau, Mirecourt deserves a little of your attention. The little town seems to rest delicately on the banks of the Madon River. Make your way to rue du Général Leclerc, Mirecourt’s main avenue.

The church of Notre-Dame de la Nativité is surprisingly set between two houses. You’ll spot it not only by its bell tower, but also by its imposing porch.

Continuing along this street, take rue Chanzy. You’ll come across the beautiful 17th-century halles and the Musée de la Musique Mécanique.

One of the Vosges’ most beautiful villages also boasts a museum of French violin and bow making.

4. Remiremont

Remiremont village vosges

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Your tour of the Vosges villages will then take you to Remiremont. Pass under the superb arcades of Rue Charles de Gaulle and take a tour of the fountains. The town still boasts nineteen of the original thirty-one.

You can also plan stops at the Saint-Pierre abbey church, the Charles de Bruyères museum and the Charles Friry museum. The latter exhibits Georges de La Tour’s famous Vielleur.

If you would like to learn more about Remiremont, guided tours can be booked at the Tourist Office.

5. Châtillon-sur-Saône

Châtillon-sur-Saône

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On the way, stop off at Châtillon-sur-Saône, one of the Vosges’ most beautiful villages. The walk will take you back in time to the Renaissance! Châtillon still boasts fortifications and a fine array of buildings dating back to the 16th century.

You’ll come across the old hospital, the butcher’s house with its sign, the governor’s house, the church… Then enter the shepherd’s and cobbler’s houses for a glimpse of life in those days.

During your visit, you may have the opportunity to attend a few historic festivals.

6. Vittel

Vittel

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Your next stop in the beautiful villages of the Vosges is called Vittel. Have you ever heard of its water? It’s particularly renowned for its digestive virtues. Take advantage of its benefits at the resort’s thermal baths.

If you prefer a stroll through the town, we recommend passing by the old thermal gallery. In the heart of the Parc de Vittel, it was built by Charles Garnier in 1884, the architect of the Palais Garnier in Paris. The old Vittel casino and a number of villas are also worth a look.

Don’t forget to visit the spa park, a listed historic monument. With its 650 hectares, it includes sports grounds and exotic areas such as the Earth Garden.

7. Xaronval

Xaronval

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Just a stone’s throw from Mirecourt and the Meurthe-et-Moselle region, lies one of the most beautiful villages in the Vosges. The quiet little town has a population of around 100, but attracts a host of visitors in summer.

Discover Xaronval from July to September and take part in the festivities surrounding the Village 1900. The association Les amis de Valamont invites you to take a trip back in time. Volunteers dress up in period costume. And for a complete immersion experience, the buildings and shops take on their early 20th-century appearance.

You’ll see a garage, a bakery and other old-fashioned stores. Every Sunday, the village comes alive with themed scenes and events: weddings, school-leaving certificates…

8. Fontenoy-le-Château

Fontenoy le Château

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The Vosges is dotted with beautiful villages. We suggest you continue your tour as far as Fontenoy-le-Château. With its vintage allure, your destination seems suspended in another time. And in a charming way.

Take a stroll around the beautiful Hôtel de Ville and the adjacent side streets. You’ll soon come face-to-face with the town’s key sites. The embroidery museum, the castle ruins, the Saint-Mansuy church and the Tour des Lombards, a listed historic monument.

Fontenoy-le-Château also boasts a small marina on the banks of the Canal de l’Est. Many boats call here on fine days. You can walk or cycle along the water’s edge.

The village is also renowned for its writing courses and its summer « Fête de l’Écrit ».

9. Plombières-les-Bains

Plombières-les-bains

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Our last, and by no means least, beautiful village in the Vosges is Plombières-les-Bains. Close to the Ballons des Vosges, it benefits from the fresh air of the surrounding countryside. Signposted footpaths allow you to stroll through the surrounding area and enjoy breathtaking views over the town.

But what makes its reputation are its hot waters. Did you know that the first thermal baths in Plombières date back to Roman times? For 2,000 years, locals and travellers have been relieving their digestive ailments and rheumatism here.

During the Second Empire, seaside resorts and spas were in vogue. Emperor Napoleon III had the thermal baths built… Napoleon!

As well as its spa facilities, Plombières-les-Bains is well worth a visit. This Beautiful Detour of France, and Petite Cité de Caractère, boasts a magnificent town center.

The majority of townhouses feature wrought-iron balconies. This is why the village is nicknamed « the town of 1,000 balconies ».

You’ll also be able to contemplate a multitude of artisan and antique shop windows. After your stroll, how about sampling the local specialty, Plombières ice cream? With its candied fruit and Kirsch, it’s sure to melt your heart.

Map of hotels and accommodation – Vosges