BUSSANG, VOS­GES

THE VOS­GES

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Bussang town hall sits at an altitude of ap­prox­i­mately 610m with forested moun­tains ris­ing up around the town. The Moselle river runs through the town and small rivers and trib­u­taries branch around the com­mune. Its source can be found at the foot of the Dru­mont moun­tain at an altitude of 715m in the north-east of the com­mune. A stone mon­u­ment, built in 1965, marks the source and there is a map of the river en­graved on it. The river source is also the start of a Moselle river bike route – a 512km cy­cle route which fol­lows the river and ends in Koblenz, Ger­many where the Moselle flows into the Rhine.

Bussang is a ‘ sta­tion verte’, and a‘ vil­lage fleuris’ and one of the 198 com­munes found within the Parc Na­turel Ré­gional des Bal­lons des Vos­ges – the land­scapes of which are pop­u­lar with hik­ers and horse rid­ers. Less than an hour to the east of Bussang is the Grand Bal­lon. At 1,424m, it is the high­est peak in the Vos­ges, while still low enough to be a good place for fam­i­lies to walk.

Skiers will be pleased to know that Bussang has its own small ski sta­tion that is good for cross­coun­try skiers.

It has four ski lifts and eight pistes. The long­est run is just 1km but there is a to­tal of 27km (17 miles) of cross-coun­try ski trails. The ski sta­tion is open from late De­cem­ber to mid-March. And if Bussang isn’t quite large enough to sat­isfy your taste for the slopes, there are also three other ski sta­tions to ex­plore in the ad­ja­cent towns within 6km.

For a day or evening out that is less phys­i­cally ex­ert­ing, Bussang is also home to the renowned Théâtre du Pe­u­ple. The wooden theatre has been clas­si­fied as an his­toric mon­u­ment since 1976 and has large doors at the back of the stage which, when opened, mean the wood­land be­hind can be used as a back­drop or even an ex­tended area for the story to play out in. Mau­rice Pot­techer opened the theatre in 1895 – “by art, for hu­man­ity” – a motto that is now writ­ten on the side of the build­ing. The Théâtre du Pe­u­ple was part of a pop­u­lar theatre move­ment at the turn of the cen­tury and is still used for per­for­mances to­day.

The Col du Grand Bal­lon moun­tain pass

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