Vallée de la Bruche
Alsace - Massif des Vosges - France

The Donon, sacred mountain

© Le Donon, sacred mountain. Photo credit: Bruche valley tourist office / Stéphane Spach
Nearest station: Schirmeck

The Donon Massif with its 1009 m altitude constitutes the highest point of the Basses-Vosges, at the junction of the Alsatian and Lorraine provinces. Since prehistoric times, because it is visible from afar, it has been given a sacred character which will never leave it. Its location away from homes favors the development of legends, mixing myth and reality. The Romans, mysteriously seduced, dedicated the site to Mercury. Feared by the first Christians, the Donon has since presided over the conception of Victor Hugo. Under Napoleon III, a successful pastiche of an ancient temple crowned the summit. You too can conquer the Donon! Take the archaeological discovery trail, dotted with commented drawings. See the map

Access to Donon is free.

Equipment and services

Target audience

Couples Families Groups

Visit formula(s)

Free tour
Guided tour for groups

Necessary tools

Walking shoes


Free private parking for cars
Free parking for motorhomes
Welcome / open to groups

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