Walks in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

With three Regional Nature Parks (Morvan, Haut-Jura, Ballons des Vosges), more than 20 nature reserves, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is an exceptional region for walking fans. Whether for a breath of fresh air, recharging your batteries or discovery, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté awaits you. All you need to do is to choose your best way to walk.

For fans, GR and great routes

A message to the hiking afficionados: for hiking over a few days to better de-stress, disconnect and detoxify go to Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

For mountain lovers and landscapes ideal for walking, you have multiple choices: the Vosges from the Plateau of 1000 Lakes to the ballon d’Alsace, passage point of the GR 5 that leads to the Jura. To cross the mountain range from north to south opt for the Grande Traversée du Jura. With the Echappée Jurassienne you find the diversity of the Jura on one circuit: vineyards, great UNESCO sites, waterfalls and lakes, mountains, evrything is there!

In Bourgogne, let your steps guide you to the discovery of  Morvan on the GR13, Southern Bourgogne on one of the 10 large hiking trails, via the Loire on the GR3, the first signposted Great Trekking path in France.

For pilgrims on a spiritual quest

The road(s) to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle are simply a must for walkers that approach walking as a spiritual, heritage and historical quest. In the Nièvre, the Priory of Charité-sur-Loire fascinates: it is listed in the Unesco world heritage on the roads to Saint-Jacques since 1998.

In Bourgogne-Franche-Comté there are various routes but the essential crossroads remains Vezelay, a centre of Christianity in the Middle Ages and a historical place of pilgrimage.

For those who wish to walk and learn

Take the time of a hike whilst broadening your knowledge on a few pretty cultural paths in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

On the Bibracte – Alésia route, the highlights in the history of Gaule are narrated over a hike of 120 km. The pinnacle of this route: the site of Alesia, the symbol of the bravery of the people of Gaule against Julius Caesar and today an essential tourist site.

The 3 French-Swiss smuggler paths invite you to follow in the footsteps of those smugglers and customs officers who played an essential part in the local trans-border history.

With Terra Salina, you will learn about the history of salt, a true wealth in the past, over a 300 km French-Swiss circuit between nature, heritage and spa towns.

It’s worth the detour!