The “Plateau des Mille Etangs” Menu Heritage and Tours Sceneries and Men History of Men Geology and Climate Landscapes Hautes-Vosges The “Plateau des Mille Etangs” Fougerolles and Val d’Ajol Valleys Ballons of Franche-Comté Vosgian Valleys Haut-Rhin Valleys Wine-growing Foothills Natural Heritage Forests High Stubble Lakes, Ponds, Peatlands Ravines, Cliffs and Scree Slopes Calcareous Grasslands Orchards Local Products and Craftsmanship Marque Parc (Park Label) Wood Cladding Mineral and Natural Spring Waters Wooden Toys Honey and Fruit Juice Wooden Furniture for Children Products Fougerolles Orchards and Kirsch Fish Farming Vosgian Cattle Breed Cheeses Small Fruit, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants Alsatian Wine Smoked Meats and Andouilles Craftsmanship Textile Granite Lava Sandstone Wood industry Farm Shops Farmhouse-Inns Farm Markets Cultural Heritage Thermal Heritage Industrial Heritage Farms Country of Art and History Religious Heritage Intangible Cutural Heritage Heritage and Memory Castles Thematic Roads and Tracks Tourist Routes Barefoot Trails Treetop Adventure Park Museums and Heritage Sites Thermal Baths Environment Awareness Structures Parks and Botanical Gardens Venues for Shows, Exhibitions and Festivals At the Park Doors Colmar Belfort Lure Mulhouse Luxeuil-les-Bains Remiremont Saint-Dié-des-Vosges Nature activities Guided Walks and Discovery trails A Farm, A Hike Mountain Guides Pedestrian Hikes Club Vosgien / Club Alpin (Vosgian / Alpine Clubs) Reception Centres for Educational Stays Winter Activities Mountain Biking and Cyclo-Tourism Fishing Trail Aeromodelism Water Sports Equine Activities Climbing Skydiving Nature vacations Camping in Nature Panda Lodgings and Guesthouses Hôtels au Naturel (Hotels in Natural Settings) Quatenary glaciers erosion shaped today’s gentle contours. Still, the glaciers left assorted traces in their wake: grooved rocks, moraines, boulders (including of peatlands)… as well as manifold small water basins that men created as early as the Middle Ages. The piscicultural use of these basins accounts for the Scandinavian-like landscape. Deforestation favoured pastoral-exploited meadows. Because they used a lot of water and wood, metalworking, glass-making, as well as wood or stone artisans settled in the valleys. Each nook in the ground is occupied by a water body concealed by forest or surrounded by pasture lands. The small ponds (less than 50 ares) are most present. If their cold and acidic waters do not allow for much productivity, they are nonetheless good for traditional carp breeding. Leisure and relaxing activities by the watershore progressively replaced traditional fish farming. Abandoned ponds naturally fill with mud, or even turn into peatlands with great biodiversity. They also shelter carnivorous plants: the drosera. On the plateau, crosses and sandstone quarries testify to Man’s stoneworking craft in ancient times.