From the (free) parking lot by parc de Pourtalès, there are two paths, each leading to very different spaces and atmospheres.
• On one side, the beautiful scenery around Château de Pourtalès opens on a large sculpture park and the château gardens.
• On the other side of the parking lot, you’ll find the forêt de la Robertsau. This place means a lot to us because it offers a break, far away from the urban environment, although the city is only a few hundred meters away. It’s also important to us because we chose to have our wedding pictures taken there
As you walk along the asphalted path (for cyclists and pedestrians only), the trees start to form a tunnel of foliage. In the spring, the ditches are full of blooming wild garlic.
The tapping sound of woodpeckers resonates throughout the forest. If you’re very lucky, you might even spot a deer!
Old stone kilometer markers and bunkers from the war have been gradually covered in greenery – nature has taken over again.
The sound of horses’ hooves is muffled on the dirt tracks below the raised path.
Long-haired Highland cows graze in the surrounding fields. Frolicking dogs swim in the little ponds, under the watchful eye of their owners.
You can continue your walk along the dyke, past fields and farms until you reach the village of la Wantzenau.
In July 2020, the forêt de la Robertsau was made a national nature reserve.