The Bruche Valley offers a daily invitation to make your way through the magnificent landscapes of the Vosges mountains, to walk, to get some fresh air… and quite simply to enjoy nature. At dusk… Here, you will find places to spend the night out of doors in a simple way in harmony with nature. Bivouacking is allowed as long as visitors strictly respect nature.

Only take memories away with you and leave no traces behind you.

Bivouacking is an experience of being literally “nature’s guest”. As a welcome guest, you should only take away memories and leave no trace behind you!… Only on this condition can bivouacking last over time.

A reminder of the rules:

A bivouac is a camp for one or more hikers during a stay on the move. People only camp from dusk to sunrise.
A bivouac is a temporary shelter for one night before hikers continue on their way.

Hikers practise bivouacking at their own risk. It can be practised only where it is not explicitly forbidden.
In our region bivouacking is forbidden:

  • in the forests, woods and parks listed as conservation or protection areas, and in nature reserves (for example: Natura 2000 zones)
  • in towns where a municipal decree forbids bivouacking in the area covered by the commune
  • on roads and public footpaths
  • less than 200 m from a catchment area providing drinking water
  • less than 500 m from a historic, listed building or heritage monument
  • on all listed sites in areas protecting natural heritage
  • on private footpaths and land (where owners must explicitly give permission).

Reminder: fires are strictly forbidden in forests and within a range of 200 m of a forest.

You will find below a map of the bivouac areas allowed in the Bruche valley, as well as the identification of protected areas, water points, refreshment points, picnic areas and shelters.

PLEASE NOTE: Information provided is subject to change. In particular, the availability of water points or access to certain forest areas during periods of drought may be subject to change. Before setting off, check with the town hall of the commune concerned, consult (french) prefectoral decrees or forest weather forecast.

  • OpenTopoMap
  • Google map

Information is non-contractual and cannot be reproduced.

Find out more about protection zones (french):


Please prepare your stay on the move carefully using these materials and, if possible, please inform the Schirmeck Tourist Office beforehand ( – 03 88 47 49 87) about the route you will be taking and the places where you are planning to bivouac.