"Sainte Marie-aux-Mines" Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines by BeChar
Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 2 photos
Sainte Marie-aux-Mines is situated in the valley of Liepvre (Vosges) which used to be the geographical separation between German protestant and French catholic people. This valley is also called Val d'Argent ("Silver valley") due to its millennium mineral activity. Today, a well-known international mineral fair takes place every year (Euro Mineral).
The city is also famous for its textile production. In the XIXth century, more than 30 manufactures were producing high quality tissu. Today only one is left but the international fair Mode & Tissus is held twice a year (Textile in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines ).
The community “Amish”, created in 1693 by Jacob Amman in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines, has elevated the handicraft of patchwork into an art. Every year, Sainte Marie-aux-Mines is the centre of a European Patchwork meeting.
Staying in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines is also valuable to see its typical village (preserved from wars, with some houses dating from the XVIth century) and to enjoy the nature. We came in February 2005 within a group of 28 people ready to spend 3 days walking, skiing, ... We found accommodation in Club Vosgiens, just large enough to hold all of us.
It had snowed before our arrival and we enjoyed fresh snow and generously shining sun. The first day was dedicated to walk (with snowshoes) to "Le Brézouard". On the next day, some of us chose to go skiing at Lac Blanc, 8 km far from the gîte. And the last day, some people walked with snowshoes, others without, while the rest preferred cross-country skiing. All snow material was rent at Schlitte Sports, in the village Le Bonhomme, 4 km far from the Gîte.
We reserved the whole refuge for us (7 rooms for a total of 28 single beds). 3 showers (not so many for 28 people) but... more travel advice
For those who can not attend to the mineral fair or tissue event in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines, they can visit Maison de... more travel advice
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