Gérardmer

Ski resort, trail resort

Gerardmer is a charming city offering a range of crafts around wooden objects and textile, especially household linen. Tourism is a major economic booster – the lake, ski pistes, a majestic and natural environment, a rich industrial heritage are some of the assets promoted by the Tourism Office. The municipality of Gerardmer, wishing to diversify its tourist offer and to use the skiing domain outside the ski season, has turned into a trail running stronghold. The town is now officially labelled as a “trail resort”, the only one in the Vosges massif.

Entirely dedicated to running in a natural setting, the town offers plenty of opportunities to learn, train and practice whatever the age or level. Eight trail courses are now open, from 6.5 km to 43.9 km-long, with elevations ranging from 300 metres to 1,879 metres, as well as a trail stadium with different workshops and apparels making it possible to train specifically. An information office is also available.

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Gérardmer © Laurie HEGO
Stage town for the 2nd time
Capital City of Vosges (88)
Population : 9,250 inhabitants (Géromois). At its peak around 30,000 people visit the area in the summer
Economy : trade and crafts, Business enterprise centre (enabling the creation and development of business), linen production that contributes hugely to tourism in the town.
Culture : three theatre companies, Music hall, Performing Arts Centre (concerts, theatre, the arts), media library, Institute for mountain promotion, exhibitions and fairs (food, cars), Tower Observatory in Mérelle. Graines des
Toiles Youth Film Festival
Sport : water activities (walks on the lake, bathing, sandy beaches), water sports (rowing clubs, canoeing-kayaking, sailing, diving), Sports Complex (bowling), outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, mountain biking)
Sustainable Development : Local Agenda 21, participation in the Sustainable Development Week, green lanes for cycling and walking, control of energy consumption in municipal buildings
Label : 3 flowers, Famille Plus (recognised to cater well for families)
Proverb : The town owes its nickname of the Pearl of Vosges to Abel Hugo, Victor's brother

The last Dutch victory

Dutch under-23 champion in 2002, Pieter Weening scored in 2005 his first and possibly greatest career victory to date in the only Tour de France stage to finish in Geradmer. Aged 24 at the time, the versatile Dutchman outwitted on the line such an experienced rider as Andreas Kloeden. The victory helped him be named best Dutch rider of the year in 2005. While he confirmed later by twice winning the Tour of Poland and by holding the Giro pink jersey in 2011, Pieter Weening suffered from the crisis hitting his Rabobank team. His 2005 stage win is, oddly enough, the last by a Dutch rider on the Tour. At 32, Weening remains a solid pillar of Australian team Orica Greenedge.

Stage town for the 2nd time
Capital City of Vosges (88)
Population : 9,250 inhabitants (Géromois). At its peak around 30,000 people visit the area in the summer
Economy : trade and crafts, Business enterprise centre (enabling the creation and development of business), linen production that contributes hugely to tourism in the town.
Culture : three theatre companies, Music hall, Performing Arts Centre (concerts, theatre, the arts), media library, Institute for mountain promotion, exhibitions and fairs (food, cars), Tower Observatory in Mérelle. Graines des
Toiles Youth Film Festival
Sport : water activities (walks on the lake, bathing, sandy beaches), water sports (rowing clubs, canoeing-kayaking, sailing, diving), Sports Complex (bowling), outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, mountain biking)
Sustainable Development : Local Agenda 21, participation in the Sustainable Development Week, green lanes for cycling and walking, control of energy consumption in municipal buildings
Label : 3 flowers, Famille Plus (recognised to cater well for families)
Proverb : The town owes its nickname of the Pearl of Vosges to Abel Hugo, Victor's brother

Web sites

Places to see

The lake and boating activities

The lake offers a wide range of water sports and boating activities, not to mention the several trail paths in open nature. The town is rife with sport equipment – sports hall, yacht club and sports centre (ice rink, swimming pool, sauna, bowling and climbing wall).

Nordic and alpine skiing domains

La Mauselaine: winter sports lovers can easily access the ski resort from the town centre by free shuttles and enjoy the 21 pistes and 12 lifts.
Les Bas Rupts: the largest Nordic skiing domain in the East of France with equipped courses and even a ski jumping springboard.
www.gerardmer-ski.com

Cultural venues and dates

Gerardmer hosts every year many national and international cultural events: International Fantastic film festival, Daffodils Festival, triathlon, boat and ski-jumping competitions.
www.mairie-gerardmer.fr/culture

Textile factories

History placed timber and textile at the heart of local industry. Household linen is also a tourist attraction for the Pearl of the Vosges, which maintained its traditional know-how.
www.gerardmer.net/magasins-textilles_francais.php

Architecture, churches and chapels

Several religious building can be found on the communal territory: Saint Barthelemy church, Calvary chapel, Trinity Chapel, La Creuse oratory, church of Kichompre, St Jacques chapel…
http://www.catholique-vosges.fr/circuit-decouverte-des-chapelles-pres-de,1079

© Ville de GérardmerLa Mauselaine, domaine de ski alpin. © Ville de GérardmerLe Festival International du Film Fantastique, un événement d’envergure. © Ville de GérardmerDe nombreuses églises et chapelles composent le patrimoine architectural de la ville. © Ville de Gérardmer
Stage town for the 2nd time
Capital City of Vosges (88)
Population : 9,250 inhabitants (Géromois). At its peak around 30,000 people visit the area in the summer
Economy : trade and crafts, Business enterprise centre (enabling the creation and development of business), linen production that contributes hugely to tourism in the town.
Culture : three theatre companies, Music hall, Performing Arts Centre (concerts, theatre, the arts), media library, Institute for mountain promotion, exhibitions and fairs (food, cars), Tower Observatory in Mérelle. Graines des
Toiles Youth Film Festival
Sport : water activities (walks on the lake, bathing, sandy beaches), water sports (rowing clubs, canoeing-kayaking, sailing, diving), Sports Complex (bowling), outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, mountain biking)
Sustainable Development : Local Agenda 21, participation in the Sustainable Development Week, green lanes for cycling and walking, control of energy consumption in municipal buildings
Label : 3 flowers, Famille Plus (recognised to cater well for families)
Proverb : The town owes its nickname of the Pearl of Vosges to Abel Hugo, Victor's brother

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