Grand Ballon, Guebwiller

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The Grand Ballon or Great Belchen is the highest mountain of the Vosges, located 25km northwest of Mulhouse, France. It is also the highest point of the Grand-Est French region.NameGrand Ballon means "great mountain" because a ballon in French is a geographical term for a mountain with a rounded summit.Some still call it Ballon de Guebwiller, after the name of the closest town, Guebwiller, located to the east. It is 1423.7m high.ClimateAlong with the Hohneck the summit of the Grand Ballon is the coldest and windiest point in Alsace. A record low of was recorded on 10 February 1956, a record high of was recorded on 13 August 2003. The difference between the Grand Ballon and the neighboring plain (Mulhouse area) usually ranges from and is higher in summertime.Winter snow cover is usually more than above of altitude. The highest snow accumulation ever recorded was 7 March 2006; in 1969 and 1970 the snow cover was above.TrailsThe well known Route des Crêtes (French for "route of the peaks") circumvents the mountain top around east, crossing a mountain pass at an altitude of, between Le Markstein winter sports station and Hartmannswillerkopf, a rocky spur.Tour de FranceThe road over the pass to the north of the mountain is occasionally used in the Tour de France, the first crossing being in 1969. It is the only Hors categorie (beyond categorization) climb in northern France.
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  • Together with the walk around the summit, you get a great view of the area and can even look to Germany and Switzerland.  more »
  • We Made the walk from the parking of the brewery. Its a round walk from top to bottom in 1,5 hours. We have Made this trip with our Son age 9. Al in al a nice easy walkabout with a great view.  more »
  • From the small parking area you can walk up to the Grand ballon. In winter there can be some snow around. We went down on the other side to the hotel. In winter not all roads are open. On a clear day....  more »
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  • The highest point in Vosges. Good to go for a half day trip. I would say easy hiking but worth to go. One can have spectacular view of nearby towns.
  • Great walking and mountain biking area, short or long routes. Stupendous views and great places to eat all around.
  • The highest point of the Vosges. A small hike to the top of 15 minutes brings you an overview of the Vosges. A pitty we had some clouds that blocked our view. Anyway a must stop
  • A great place to have an small walk. We went up from the small parking area and down the the hotel (was not open) We had some clear weather and good see the Alps.
  • Beautiful view point. Easily accesible by car up to the last km or so. Great hiking trips. Great scenery
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