Local geography

The High Vosges mountains are the first obstacle for the air masses from the Atlantic. The Frankenthal glacial cirque (1000 - 1300 metres) is the region of the Vosges most like the Alps.

The westerly winds blow large quantities of snow on to the western slopes of the Vosges, creating every winter on the eastern side a fringe of snow cornices which sometimes cause avalanches. Snowfields can quite often still be found in July.

On the southern side is the Martinswand, a huge rock face, famous among climbers in the High Vosges. At the foot of the glacial cirque is a lake which is almost completely filled with peat bog – the black pool.

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