Activities and tourism
Between Colmar and Mulhouse
The Saint-Barnabé Hotel and Spa is located at the heart of the Alsace region, between Mulhouse and Colmar, in the Haut-Rhin département. This is the ideal location for visitors wishing to tour the region and discover the charming Alsatian towns and villages.
Firstly there is Guebwiller, which is just a few minutes from the hotel, a town full of character that stretches along the river Lauch in the heart of the Florival valley, at the crossroads between the Route des Vins and the Route Romane and just a few kilometres from the Route des Crêtes. In this town, among others, you can take many different footpaths to the summit of the Alsatian round-topped mountains, including the highest mountain, which has taken the name of the town itself: the Grand Ballon, or Ballon de Guebwiller, with an altitude of 1424m.
Heading south, you can explore Mulhouse and its car, train and wallpaper museums. Once you are in this frontier city, you can easily cross over to Switzerland, arriving in Bâle, or Germany, arriving in Freiburg. Heading north, you can visit Colmar, renowned for its art and history, where you can stroll round the charming "Little Venice" quarter or visit the Unterlinden museum.
The Alsace region is also known for its vineyards. Join the Route des Vins, not far from the hotel, and stop off in one of the delightful villages it passes through to sample some of the region’s finest vintages. While you’re there, why not explore the stretches of vineyards on foot or by bike?
You can also enjoy the wide range of sports and leisure activities that the nearby mountain, lakes and rivers have to offer.
Take advantage of the many leisure activities on offer at the Saint-Barnabé Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of the Alsace region.
Have a ball on our mini golf course, which runs the length of our establishment. Golf clubs are available to borrow from reception.
Reward yourself after your sporting exploits by unwinding in our relaxation room on the first floor of the hotel. A computer is available here for guests’ convenience.
Enjoy a good book or leaf through our newspapers in comfort, or choose one of our board games, which are sure to appeal to the whole family.
Finally, why not take a moment to enjoy our cosy bar lounge, open non-stop from 7:30am until the end of service, every day of the week?
Magazines are available. Please ask at reception for any orders outside restaurant opening hours.
Leisure activities and tourism
Explore the heritage of the Alsace region and choose from a wide selection of leisure activities during your stay at the Saint-Barnabé Hotel & Spa in Buhl:
Culture and heritage:
- Murbach Abbey, 5 minutes away from the hotel
- Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Church of St John the Baptiste) in Buhl
- The Hugstein Castle ruins
- The Dominican convent in Guebwiller (Website in French: www.les-dominicains.com)
- The Vivarium du Moulin in Lautenbach-Zell, 5 minutes away from the hotel
- The Alsace Ecomuseum (Website in French/German: www.ecomusee-alsace.fr), in Ungersheim, 10 minutes away from the hotel
- Situated just 20 minutes away from the hotel, Mulhouse is home to several world-renowned museums. The Schlumpf collection is one of the world’s biggest collections of cars (www.citedelautomobile.com) and the Cité du Train is one of Europe’s top railway museums (www.citedutrain.com).
- The Unterlinden Museum in Colmar and the Isenheim altarpiece (www.musee-unterlinden.com)
- The Bartholdi Museum in Colmar (Website in French: www.musee-bartholdi.com)
For more information about all these museums: www.musees-alsace.org
By car, on foot or by bike:
- The Route des Vins in Alsace, a 170km path, which starts in Thann and which passes through Guebwiller, two towns located just a few minutes from the hotel. It will take you through tens of typical Alsatian villages
- The Route des Crêtes, a tourist itinerary which is 20 minutes away from the hotel and which follows the Vosges ridge
- The Guebwiller market: Tuesday and Friday mornings (www.tourisme-guebwiller.fr)
Summer and winter sports:
- The Markstein ski resort is located 20 minutes from the hotel: cross-country and downhill skiing, luges, snowshoeing, paragliding and more (www.lemarkstein.net)
- In Gérardmer, in the Hautes-Vosges mountains, there is a wide choice of sports on offer, in both summer and winter seasons
- Canoe your way down the Alsatian Grand Ried waterways from Grussenheim or Illhausern, 50 minutes away from the hotel
- Golf, horse-riding, fishing etc.
Walks in the mountains
The "Ballons des Vosges" Regional Park, created in 1989 by the Alsace, Franche-Comté and Lorraine regions, is the biggest of France’s Regional Natural Parks, measuring 3000km². Murbach, where the Saint-Barnabé Hotel & Spa is located, is at the centre of Eastern France’s "lungs".
These surroundings are home to many different activities, perfect for families or sports enthusiasts. The best way to discover and appreciate the area is on foot. Luckily, the "Ballons des Vosges" Regional Park has six long-distance walkways and over 7000km of footpaths signposted by the Club Vosgien, an association created in 1872 to promote pedestrian tourism around the Vosges mountains.
It goes without saying that walking and hiking are firmly established activities in this region. Make sure that you’ve got some good walking shoes and follow the signposts to discover the mountains, the crests and their unobstructed view over the Alsatian plain, the forest and the lakes. On a clear day, you can even see the Alps from the Grand Ballon, the apex of the Vosges mountains.
If you’re out in the morning, don’t be surprised if you come across a group of fawns or deer. Our hotel, located at the foot of the Grand Ballon, is ideal for those wishing to discover the protected environment in the Vosges. As there are several levels of walking difficulty, everyone can enjoy exploring the Vosges on foot.
To find out more: www.club-vosgien.com (website in French).
Mountain biking is also growing in popularity in the region. Whether on foot or by bike, get out and enjoy the fresh air in this region, much appreciated by visitors for its unspoilt natural landscapes.