The climb from Sewen through the Döllertal takes a
prominent place in cycling history
since it was the first ever climbed col in the Tour de France.
was the first to arrive
at the highest point of the road,
where he is honoured with a small memorial.
The ascent itself is one of the most beautiful and most
variable in the Vosges.
The first two kilometers are almost horizontal.
Then a short (1 km) relatively steep (7-8%) ramp is taken
by a few hairpin bends,
after which the road flattens somewhat (5%) to pass the Lac d'Alfeld.
The following 5 kilometers are the most scenic.
A narrow, steep (7-9%) and quiet road winds itself up
through the forests.
Shallow stone walls delimit the road on the valley side
and if you are lucky goat herds block your way.
After this stretch another 4 kilometers
with a very variable slope (1-8%) have to made.
Here the road is wider, the landscape more open
and signs of ski tourism are abundant.
A kilometer before the top you may have a look down
on the Döllertal, situated on your right hand side.