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The Little Balloon

Hiking Route · Luttenbach-près-Munster
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  • The Little Balloon
    The Little Balloon
    Photo: Club Vosgien de la Vallée de Munster
Overlooking the Alsace plain from almost 1000m, the Petit Ballon is the ideal viewpoint, offering on a clear day an exceptional panorama over the valleys of Munster and Guebwiller, the Alsace plain and far away towards the Black Forest, the Jura and the mountain range;es of Munster and Guebwiller, the plain of Alsace and further towards the Black Forest, the Jura and the chain of the Alps up to the Mont Blanc. Discover this beautiful massif with its three farmhouses and return via the Steinberg with its natural pebbles.
Distance 10.5 km
4:00 h
450 m
464 m
1,272 m
895 m
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Update: March 30, 2023
Highest point
1,272 m
Lowest point
895 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Ferme-Auberge du Kahlenwasen
Ferme-Auberge Buchwald
Auberge et Ferme du Ried

Safety information

Before you leave:

Find out about the general and local weather, making sure there are no precipitations.

Inform yourself about the approach walk, height of the route, travel time, possible map (IGN map, GPS, topo-guide, etc…)

Evaluate the possible risks by getting information from mountain professionals, refuges, guides

Inform someone close to you of your objective and contact them again if there are any changes: departure and return times, number of participants with the telephone number of each, vehicle(s), parking

Avoid going alone, use equipment that is suitable for the activity, safe and in good condition, headlamp, complete first aid kit, survival blanket, etc.

In case of problems:

Alerter: call 112 (European emergency number)

5 key points to pass on your alert:

Where? commune, location, route, altitude

Who? identity, telephone number

What? type of accident, number of victims, gravity, fall kinetics

When? time of accident

When? wind, visibility

Tips and hints

Club Vosgien de la Vallée de Munster

Munster Valley Tourist Office


Parking Auberge du Ried (899 m)
48.004316, 7.134907
48°00'15.5"N 7°08'05.7"E
32U 360886 5318463


Parking Auberge du Ried

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park take the road to Wasserbourg at the crossroads (blue triangle). At hill 904, go up the Hertzog path on the right (yellow triangle), an itinerary that was very dear to this former president of the CV Munster from 1956 to 1983. The exit from the forest leads to the Wasematten hills, from where you can see the Wasserbourg valley and the lower Munster valley which opens up towards the plain. At the Buchwald crossroads (Mémorial Emile Hertzog), continue left towards the farmhouse inn and then take the path (yellow ring) which passes the remains of the intermediary station of the railway;The trail leads past the remains of the intermediate station of the cable car, built by the Germans in 1915, which linked Wasserbourg to the underground fortress they had built on the eastern flank of the Petit Ballon. After the chicane climb up to the carriage road (red trestle), continue on your right to the crossroads of the Strohberg (CV post). On the left the path (yellow triangle) goes into the forest towards the summit of the Petit Ballon (1272m). The end of this path is quite steep and impassable if there is snow. After the statue of the Virgin, pass the chicane and go down to the right (red triangle) towards the crossroads of Kahlenwasen. Cross the road and continue (red triangle) towards the place called Kegelritz (1166m) and then the Steinberg arch (1177m) which separates the Sondernach and Breitenbach valleys. The path winds between the galithes, impressive heaps of large rocks, which are what remains today of this great massif, the image of the Alps which, millions of years ago, were destroyed by the sea;After the Grothkopf and a beautiful view of the Grande Vall de la Fecht, the path descends in the middle of a large area of high stubble to the signpost. Turn right (red triangle) towards the Schoenenklang and the Petit Ballon. The path leads up to the ruins of the old Schoenenklang marcai and on to the Kegelritz. Cross the road and follow the path (blue disc) down to the Kahlenwassen farmhouse. The path continues on the other side of the road through the pasture and a small forest to Schweng 934m. Take the road on the right for about 100m, then at the roundabout leave the road on the left to go down the meadow and after the footbridge continue on the left towards the Ried and the red disc to return to the starting point.

By road

From Munster CD 10 to the entrance of Luttenbach, take the road on the left towards the Petit Ballon and the Fermes – Auberges » to the car park of the Auberge du Ried.


Parking of the Auberge du Ried


48.004316, 7.134907
48°00'15.5"N 7°08'05.7"E
32U 360886 5318463
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Adapted clothing for the season and conditions (cold, hot, wet…)

Hiking shoes adapted to the terrain (even for children!)

Hiking boots (useful for stability and to take the strain off joints)

Mobile phone and spare battery


Each bag its own: 20 litres for half day, about 30 litres for full day, but no more than 10-15% of the wearer's weight

Prepare protection against rain (cape, umbrella…),cold (fleece, hat, gloves, glass protection…), sun (sun cream, hat…)

Bin bag (to bring everything home!)

Paper tissues, toilet paper


First aid kit

Survival blanket

Water bottle, a few snack bars


The « PLUS »  :


Hiking compass and/or GPS

Camera or binoculars

Headlamp or torch

Whistle (to alert other group members)

Fluorescent yellow waistcoat (if it is necessary to walk along a road)


The hiker behaves as a responsible citizen

He respects:  

Nature and the environment, fauna, flora, biodiversity


The protected areas (national parks, natural reserves, etc.)

The sites visited

The sites visited

The other hikers

The other users of the forest

Safety rules

Safety rules

Safety rules

As a group, the guide's instructions

Public or private owners and their property: he closes fences and barriers after his passage

<He takes his waste with him


It presents the sites and paths

He informs of any discrepancies noted on the trails by reporting any anomaly via the Vosges club form.

He also informs the club of any changes to the trails.

He favours public transport and car sharing


Parts of this content were machine translated using French as the source language

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10.5 km
4:00 h
450 m
464 m
Highest point
1,272 m
Lowest point
895 m
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