There are some well signposted walks that you can take...these range from mega 36km ones that will take all day to more reasonable 3 or 4 hours ones. Here's the one we discovered that takes about 3 hours and is around 8 - 9 km and coveres some interesting forests, farm land, dales and hills.
Halfway along the perimeter road of the camp (the one that runs parrallel to the main road) you'll see a gap in the hedge and a signpost with walk numbers on it. Initially you need to follow the L3 walk in the direction of Larochette...this number is arrowed on signs and trees...walk through the forest, go past the excellent view of chateau Larochette, past the little lookout tower then take the steep steps down into Larochette..here you can stock up on bottles of water...bear right out of the town and keep following the L3 signs and they'll take you up some steep steps behind some houses ...then you'll get to a signpost (see picture)_ from here start following the H2 signs...this is a shorter route the L3...thereafter keep going on following the H2 signs ...these will take you in a 5km circuit until you get back to the signpost...then retrace your 'L3' steps back to the camp....ENJOY!
You find this tiny museum just opposite the railway station building. It used to belong to the railway station too. There is a big glass window when you go up the few steps and through it you will see remnants of the big old Larochette factory of cloth manufactoring.
Or Chriechinger Haus as it is called in the local languge is the only completely restored building of the former castle. It's an impressive tall structure and on the backside there is a little cubicle sticking out without floor and one wonders whether with an appropriate floor it could have been the toilet or a rubbish shute. These days you don't have to pay attention as nothing will fall down.
The castle dates back to the 11th century. But it is thought that already in the Roman Empire there was some kind of castello built on the same rock.
The castle is open daily from Easter until 31st October from 10 am until 6 pm and the entry fee is 2 Euro for adults and 1 Euro for kids over 6.
We couldn't go inside as we were one day early and after 6 pm on top of that.
The ruins of Larochette castle are dominating this small charming town at a 150 meters height the White Ernz, an affluent of the river Sure.
The main castle is accessed better by car unless you feel like walking there from the centre of the town.
The main castle which is built of stone is protected by a surrounding wall that nowadays is destroyed for its main part. Luckily a large part of the rest of the castle is restored.
The restored part gives you a fine impression of how a castle life of the 12th century could have been like. You see where the dining room was, the storage room and the bedroom. Paintings resemble of what the rooms might have looked like at these times.
The ticket for self tour was at the time of our visit 2 euros.
You can make lovely panoramic photos over Larochette and the surrounding forest.
The best alternative option (apart from visiting the castle) is leisure walking in well marked footpaths around the city. Regional walking maps are available.
There is also a neo-romanesque parish church with Art Nouveau frescoes (open daily 10-17:00) and also an exhibition of textile machines ans tools.
Above the village, you will see the castle. It's from the 11th century and formerly consisted of 5 houses from which only one is left, the other are ruins. You can either climb up the hill to get there or you drive there. Admission for adults is 1,50 Euro.
The center of town is called "Bleech". The square area has recently been done up and looks very pleasant. Here you find the hotels, restaurants and cafés and shops.
Between the market square and the castle you will find this old railway station "Larochette". There is a plaquette on it saying that the trains obviously run from 15.02.1882 until 02.05.1948.
This big church just off the market square was built from 1860-62 by the architect Charles Arendt. Inside you will find the paintings of the choir section by Nicolas Bruecher.