Farmhouse-inns hail from a great marcaire tradition, over ten centuries old, when monks, land clearers and breeders used to send their herds grazing in altitude.

These marcaires, cowherds and cheese makers welcomed the first hikers towards the end of the nineteenth century: botanists and other curious travellers, to whom they offered a simple meal and bedding above the stable. This type of inn developed with the creation of a Club Vosgien in 1872. Encouraged by official accreditation in 1971, the Farmhouse-Inns Association proposed a charter to its members, who are first and foremost farm operators; this charter is based on hospitality, farm products use, architectural setting and environmental function.

On the Park Territory, 43 farmhouse-inns are members of the Farmhouse-Inns Association in the Haut-Rhin region, and 4 farmhouse-inns are members of the Bienvenue à la Ferme (Welcome to the Farm) Label by 4 Chambres d’Agriculture des Vosges (Vosgian Chambers of Agriculture). Regional dishes are served there, produced by local farms in a friendly and welcoming setting. Some even offer accommodation, in dorm or guest rooms.

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The Maison du Fromage
The famed Munster Cheese has its own House in Alsace! Follow each manufacturing step along a tour filled with meaning and feeling: films, exhibitions, educational workshops, tours of the stable, Munster cheese-making demonstration, tasting… little by little, you will grasp what lies behind the sheer beauty and originality of this valley.

The “Munster fermier” (Farm Munster Cheese)
To find out all there is to know about the farm Munster cheese, terroir, fabrication, Munster AOC, marcairies, Munster recipes etc.

Transhumance across the Munster Valley
Munster Valley Tourist Office

Haut-Rhin Farmhouse-Inns Association
+33 (0) 389 201 068

Welcome to the Farm Network
Chamber of Agriculture in the Vosges Region +33 (0) 389 292 360

A Farm, a Walk

itinéraire de balades - fermes aubergesThe Ballons des Vosges Regional Natural Park has mapped out a selection of hikes and walks to be enjoyed before or after your meal, that offer great views of the landscape, surrounding nature and cultural points of interest.

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