The name of the La Planche des Belles Filles refers to a local legend. La Planche des Belles Filles is said to be the scene of a terrible massacre during the Thirty Years War. Between 1618 and 1648, a terrible conflict between Protestants German Princes and Imperial Catholics was internationalized with the intervention of France and its cruel Swedish ally. In the snowy winter of 1635, the Swedes, led by Mansfeld, a brutal warlord acting for Richelieu, confine the Rahin Valley near Plancher-les-Mines. The peasants of the valleys of Rahin and Tasty (side Belfort), fled to the mountains of St. Anthony with their goods and lean cattle. The wives and daughters, fearing the cruel acts of the Swedes, went up to the highest peak of the Ballon d'Auxelles where they thought to be safe. But a betrayal led the Swedes to the refuge of the farmers. The massacre lasted until dawn and they were all killed, except for one child who managed to escape and ran up to alert the women. But in the snow, his traces were easy to follow, and the soldiers followed him closely. The women understood the risk and knew torture and death would be their fate. To avoid this, they descended via the steep slopes of the Ballon and threw themselves in a black pond. Only one girl could escape from drowning and was able to tell this story. Since that time, the pond and the board ("Planche") surrounding it, bears the name of "Belles Filles".
The Planche des Belles Filles is situated in Jura. This climb belongs to the Vosges.
Starting from Plancher les Mines,
the Planche des Belles Filles ascent is 5.5 km long. Over this distance, you climb 453 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 8.2 %.
The maximum slope is 14 %.
Look for other sides to climb the Planche des Belles Filles.
Since 2005, the Planche des Belles Filles will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2017 : Vittel - La Planches des Belles Filles on 05/07/2017
Tour de France 2014 : Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles on 14/07/2014
Tour de France 2012 : Tomblaine > La Planche des Belles Filles on 07/07/2012
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