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