Welcome in Moselle
In the heart of the Vosges de Nord Regional Nature Park, at the gateway to Lorraine, Alsace and Germany, the village with its 700 inhabitants, takes its name from the bears that were thought to have roamed the valley years ago.
Nowadays, there are no longer bears roaming the forest but stags, deer, wild boar and foxes which are forever present in this walking paradise surrounding the village.
“Le grand étang” (the big lake), a fisherman’s haven which can be found at the western end of the village, is also a bird reserve. It is situated in a ‘Biosphere Reserve’ designated by UNESCO. The Zinsel du Nord, a 1st grade river, flows through the length of the village. There is also a place converted for swimming on the leisure grounds known as ‘Ramstein Plage’
Countryside and Tourism
For nearly 100 years, the natural resort of Baerenthal has been a key position for tourism in Pays de Bitche. It has preserved its natural countryside because the community has adapted to the flow of tourists and managed to avoid the anarchic building of second homes. Their efforts were rewarded in 1987 when the village was attributed with the label “Station Verte de Vacances”