The Ridge Route ('Route des Crêtes') was created during the First World War with the aim of defending the Vosges front. Following the mountain ridges closely, this magnificent route, which links Cernay to Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, allows you to admire landscapes that are typical of the Vosges mountain range, thanks to unforgettable panoramas of its passes, rounded mountains, lakes and stubble fields.
The first occupation of the summits by mountain farmers dates back to the 9th century. The stubble fields were mostly created by people extending the pasture areas around mountain farms, to make what are known as 'marcairies', or areas for keeping dairy cows. With the development of tourism, the latter became farmhouse inns, combining agricultural activity with accommodation on the farm.