The Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park
Wattwiller mineral water emerges from the ground in the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park, an area of outstanding beauty covering several hundred thousand hectares. The Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park was created in 1989 and is located in three regions (Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comté). It includes 208 municipalities and has a surface area of 3 000Km². It is one of the largest regional nature parks in France. The mission of the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park is to maintain a constant balance between the protection of natural and cultural heritage, and local economic development.
The park encompasses many varied areas such as the Hautes-Vosges and its wooded hillsides, the valleys of the Vosges, the Haut-Rhin and Franche-Compté, and also the lower Vosges area. It also contains marvelous rare natural environments such as Hautes-Chaumes, peat bogs, beech-pine woods, hillside oak and beech forests. Five nature reserves serve to protect these environments which are among the most prestigious of the great ridge.
These very diverse reserves are home to plants and wildlife that are emblematic of our massif: boreal owl, lynx, peregrine falcon, common capercaillie, slender cotton-grass, large pink, cranberry, sundew, arnica, etc… The Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park is a place where people live, and from the earliest times they have harnessed water, timber, stone and underground resources.