Fantastic regional footpaths — GR hiking paths in East Belgium
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Hiking is very popular in East Belgium and a particularly dense network of trails has developed in the region between the Eifel, the Ardennes and the High Fens. As early as the 1950s, the first Belgian GR long-distance hiking trails started cropping up. Since then, a network of hiking trails has grown up in this relatively small area, the density of which few regions can match.
The GR long-distance trails aren’t circular routes but lead you over longer distances through the most beautiful areas with impressive viewpoints and interesting cultural sites. You can also do multi-stage Tours, hiking for days at a time.
In this Collection, we present 17 Tours that you can combine to create your very own long-distance hike. The different variants of the GR 56 main route are complemented by the GR 573 and GR 563 secondary routes, which, together with the main route, will take you to the most beautiful corners of East Belgium.
You can easily find refreshment stops and accommodation along the network of hiking trails. You can get to the starting points easily by car, but you can also get there by bus. Some towns and cities are even connected to the railway network.
Ready to discover East Belgium on the GR 56? Then simply follow the red and white trail markings and this Collection, and let yourself be enchanted by the unique landscape.
At the beginning of this tour there is a visit to the nature park center, which will provide you with all kinds of information and knowledge about the Hohes Venn-Eifel nature park. Equipped with this, you then hike through the fascinating and unspoilt moorland, which lies on a high plateau. Here is the…
Reinhardstein Castle, which you can see at the beginning of the tour, is enthroned on a rocky spur. After this view, it goes down into the Warche river valley. Here, from the foot of the castle rock, the river plunges 60 meters into the depths as a waterfall. This makes it the highest waterfall in Belgium…
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On this tour you follow the course of the Amel for almost 22 kilometers and hike through a far-reaching hilly landscape with lush green meadows and fields. You will pass through small villages such as Valender, Heppenheim and Hepscheid. If you don't want to stop off in the villages, there is an unusual…
On this tour you will be guided through sections of forest that are occasionally interrupted by fields and meadows. Above all, the landscape in the valley of the Großweberbach is very beautiful. No wonder it was placed under nature protection.
In addition to nature, there are also small churches to discover…
At almost 15 kilometers, it is a relaxed tour that takes you through the low mountain range of the Belgian Eifel. This offers some great panoramic views of the hilly landscape.
Here the hiking trails are often accompanied by streams or even crossed by them. After heavy rain, the path next to a stream…
This tour starts in Bütgenbach, which is located directly on the reservoir of the same name. At the beginning you can familiarize yourself with the architectural feature of the storage bridge, then you walk along the lake shore in the direction of the Warchetal. Always along the water, you always have…
You will be guided through the lovely river valley of the Amel on this almost 16-kilometer tour. The start is in Ligneuville, which you leave on the main road and dive into the Amel Valley. It is easy to walk along a forest path almost always along the banks of the Amel.
North of Montenau you pass the…
If you like hiking through forests, you will have a lot of fun on this tour, which is exactly 20.5 kilometers long.
At the beginning you make a short detour to the former train station of Losheimergraben. Then you go into the dense green, which is only occasionally interrupted by clearings. You will be…
The Warche River, which is around 40 kilometers long in total, is your constant companion on this tour. You won't always see him, but you will always have a view of his river valley.
As soon as you have left your starting point in Malmedy, a few meters of altitude await you on this tour. But once these…
This stage takes you along a panoramic path along the Warche. Here, near Falize, it is worth making a detour to the mighty rocky outcrop Rocher de Falize. From its top you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Warchetal.
Just a few kilometers further, the next rock with a magnificent view awaits you: Rocher…
This stage of the GR 56 hiking trail is a fairly short tour of the "Warche-Variant".
You start in the old town of Malmedy and leave this place quickly in a northerly direction. Your calves will soon be strained, because a crisp ascent follows that leads to the "Chapelle du Calvaire". Already on the way…
If you like hiking along bodies of water and need to cool down every now and then, this tour with two lakes and almost the constant path along a river is just right for you.
Your tour starts at the dam wall of Lake Robertville, which takes you along meandering paths along the reservoir. At the beginning…
On this approximately 20-kilometer-long stage of the GR 56, a hilly country with fascinating valleys and beautiful panoramas awaits you.
From Schönberg you first hike uphill to the "Bürgschaft" viewpoint. The path takes a little effort, but you will be rewarded with a great view of the city of Schönberg…
In addition to two stately churches, an unusual museum awaits you on this almost 20-kilometer stage. You start your tour from St. Vith in the direction of Tomberg, where not only a ski hut with rustic food awaits you, but also the beer museum. Then it goes through a forest and then you pass the place…
This hike focuses on a former farm, a church and a moated castle from the 15th century.
If you arrive by car, you start in the center of Eupen. Out of the city you follow a piece of the Weser, then touch a section of forest at the beginning, which you soon cross. Then it goes across meadows and fields…
This varied hike takes you to the highest point in Belgium. You walk the 25-kilometer route along the banks of the Hill, on boardwalks over the plateau of the High Fens to the Signal de Botrange at 694 meters. The route is a stage of the 160-kilometer long-distance hiking trail GR 573. The white and…
This hike takes you from the "Roof of Belgium" a good 23 kilometers down into the Warchetal to Malmedy. The varied tour starts at the nature center in Botrange. The hike is a stage of the GR 56 long-distance hiking trail.
From the starting point it is not far to the highest point in Belgium, the Signal…
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