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Prince Charles' Jump

The other way to pass through the northern Vosges mountains is, as already said, the Col of Saverne, which culminates at 410m over the sea. Just before the summit there is a fountain, the Foutain Alsace, which hereunder illustrated aspect hasn't changed since the beginning of the 20th century.

Fountain Alsace

From the Fountain Alsace, you have a quick access to the Prince Charles' Jump. It is a rock, about 10m high, from which a horseman should formerly have jumped with his horse in order to escape to his pursuers. Only the prints from the horseshoes, for ever engraved in the rock where the horse landed, remain from this feat. The prints are visible on the postcard hereafter. The Prince Charles from this legend could be Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine, who waged war in this region during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648).

The horseshoes prints

Here is a fanciful illustration of the jump.

The jump

This is the rock from which we are talking. At its foot, on the platform, there is the Renaissance road built in the 16th century, enlarged in the 18th. This road permitted to cross the col. At this point, you can still see the ruts in the rock, that were traced to guide the wheels of the carriages, and the notches for the blocks. In the hole of the rock, there was formerly a little altar, devoted to Saint Ger.

The rock of the jump

On the following card you can see the layout of the road. The ruts have been engraved into the rock.

The Renaissance Road

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