Welcome to Graufthal!

Surrounded by dense forests and overlooked by huge pink sandstone walls, Graufthal owes its origin to a Benedictine convent first mentioned in the 12th century. Near the remains of the abbey, the Maisons des Rochers offer to this unique site in Alsace a particular beauty.

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True witnesses of the past, the Maisons des Rochers represent a rare heritage in Alsace.
Let yourself be surprised and come discover this place full of history!

2024 informations

Calendar and opening hours

Self-guided tours in small groups do not require a reservation.

Free entry
for children under 12

2 €/ person
for young adults (12-18)

3 €/ person
for adults over 18

From March 20 to November 11

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

July/August: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sundays and public holidays

10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Heritage Day: 18 September

Free entry + guided tour at 3pm


Graufthal films

The Graufthal abbey

A look back at the restoration and consolidation works on the Graufthal abbey.

Reportage : Maisons des Rochers

France 2 Alsace – 14 août 2013


The Maisons des Rochers are a must-see if you are visiting the region!
Recommended duration: less than one hour

4,5/5 – 101 TripAdvisor reviews

beat s

“Very cool string of houses built into the rock cliff above Graufthal. The houses were abandoned in 1958 after the last inhabitant died, and can now be visited as a museum. Worthwhile visiting if you are in the area. “


Jbachfro, Copenhagen, Denmark

“Stayed in the area and quickly visited these cliff side houses. Interesting history and the kids were entertained.”


Belgian1971, Antwerp, Berlgium

“Extremely fascinating. The last inhabitant lived there until 1958. She had no running water, no electricity, no bathroom. Why did the people who lived there decided to go and live in the rocks? They must have been at their wits’ end, life must have been pretty rough…
It is charming and beautiful to visit, yet you also feel the tristesse.”


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