14. 610 France (8/8)
14. 610 France (8/8)
Grand Est

14. 610 France (8/8)

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2720km long in France, the route of Columban's exile in 610 is divided into 8 parts, which can be followed successively or indistinctly. This last part of a particularly winding route crosses Alsace along the Rhine towards the south.
Around 610, expelled from Luxeuil, Saint Colomban and the Irish monks were taken to Nantes under the guard of armed soldiers who were in charge of taking them on a ship to Ireland. But, barely on board, they managed to escape and, fearing they would be caught, began an incredible journey through many countries. Most of the journey into exile takes place in France from East to West and then back again after Nantes. The itinerary mainly follows the great rivers and the vineyards often planted on their banks while crossing the historic cities that mark them out.


These two successive crossings of France are not the most direct way to reach the Swiss border to the east of Luxeuil, only 110km away. But they do reflect the strong image of a determined Columban who had left Ireland for good, with no desire to return.

The eighth part (8/8) is divided into 8 stages of an average daily distance of 24km:

  1. Lauterbourg - Fort-Louis
  2. Fort-Louis - Gambsheim
  3. Gambsheim - Strasbourg
  4. Strasbourg - Obenheim
  5. Obenheim - Marckolsheim
  6. Marckolsheim - Neuf-Brisach
  7. Neuf-Brisach - Ottmarsheim
  8. Ottmarsheim - Basel
  • Departure : 67261 Lauterbourg (France)
  • Arrival : 4000 Basel (Switzerland)
  • Towns crossed : Grand Est and Basel-Stadt

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Access and parking

Lauterbourg is accessible by bus and train.
Basel is accessible by all types of public transport: plane, bus and train.

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