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Leisure Tours on enchanted paths – hiking in East Belgium

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Leisure Tours on enchanted paths – hiking in East Belgium

Hiking Collection by Ostbelgien

26

Tours

77:22 h

179 mi

14,250 ft

In East Belgium, the wanderer's soul finds everything it desires: views that stretch to the horizon and narrow valley gorges that draw your gaze magically into the depths. It’s an unspoilt landscape, the likes of which rarely exist today.

Behind the picturesque backdrop of an Ardennes village, the forest is always waiting. Here, you only need to prick up your ears, sharpen your eyes and switch on your other senses to experience real wilderness. Springs, rivers, lakes – everywhere water gurgles and splashes alongside the paths in East Belgium. In the valleys of the Warche, Our, Göhl, Weser or Amel, you'll make enchanting discoveries.

If you want to climb to the highest point in Belgium, the East gives you the opportunity. On the plateau of the Hautes Fagnes there are sheer endless moorland landscapes with a very special charm. These are the enchanted places and landscapes where you can walk for hours without meeting a soul. You’ll find sparkling streams and picturesque paths, dark spruce and light beech forests that bring light into the green thicket like the windows of a cathedral.

In this Collection, we present you with 26 varied leisure hikes through our region. The Tours are between 3-12 miles (5-20 km) long, so you will find inspiration for a short adventure as well as challenging day hikes. The trails, where you can enjoy the beautiful nature of East Belgium undisturbed, are waiting for you. Take a deep breath and listen to the silence in the moors and forests. You will want to return again and again. Which is perfect because you are always welcome in East Belgium.

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    Tour 1: ‘River Gold’ Montenau – hiking in East Belgium

    Intermediate
    02:31
    5.62 mi
    2.2 mph
    550 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At Montenau, the Amel disappears into the so-called Wolfsbusch, a fir and beech forest that stretches across the borders of East Belgium. The river meanders leisurely through the beautiful forest landscape - and you can accompany it on its journey on this nine-kilometer hike. The tour starts in the tranquil

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  • Intermediate
    02:35
    5.69 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The start of this hike is in the village of Ouren. Before you leave the town to the north, you can make a detour to the castle and watch the archaeologists at the excavation work. You follow the Our for the first few kilometers before you turn onto the Belgian-Luxembourg border and start the ascent.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:26
    7.88 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Bayehon is a torrent, as it is in the book. He significantly influenced and formed the landscape around him. Apparently peacefully, the rippling water meanders through the rocks of the Ardennes. At first you can only guess at its sheer power. From the village of Longfaye you follow its course through

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  • Easy
    01:25
    3.04 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Trôs-Marets is a real mountain stream that has been making its way through slate and quartzite for centuries. On this hike you will explore its wild valley. Although the tour is not particularly long at around five kilometers in length, it should not be underestimated due to the sometimes difficult

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    6.21 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Along the stream - that's the motto of this approximately ten-kilometer hike. Enjoy nature to the fullest and watch the butterflies fluttering around the flowers along the trail. Breathe in the sweet scent of the hay meadows. Enjoy the cool shade in the mixed forests and be enchanted by the babbling

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    6.00 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Ostbelgien rock and water are inextricably linked. They shape the landscape, they form valleys and give mountains their shape. Water is always a source of life and joie de vivre. Its purity is highly valued by all those who wander, live and work here. The Brasserie de Bellevaux, for example, where

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  • Intermediate
    02:50
    6.75 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You are after an active day? Then the lake of Bütgenbach is just right for you. Here you can go fishing, sailing, swimming, canoeing, windsurfing and of course hiking. How about starting a varied day with a ten-kilometer tour around the lake? Let's start in Worriken.

    

    You wander along the bank of the reservoir

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  • Intermediate
    01:29
    3.25 mi
    2.2 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Robertville is nationally known for its reservoir, but a hike here promises some more exciting discoveries. This tour brings you closer to the enchanting Warchetal, over which an imposing castle towers, which could also serve as the perfect template for a real fairytale castle. You can take a look at

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  • Intermediate
    03:42
    8.04 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the foot of the castle ruins, which give the town of Burg-Reuland its name, a top-class pleasure tour begins. Over a distance of around 13 kilometers you will discover the enchanting Ourtal from an unusual perspective, namely from the mountain ranges on both sides of the valley. This results in exciting

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  • Intermediate
    04:03
    9.12 mi
    2.3 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this hike, pure nature awaits you, simply and overwhelmingly. You start in beautiful Heppenbach, not far from the source of the Amel. On your way you touch the two tiny towns of Möderscheid and Hepscheid, otherwise you are only out and about in the untouched nature of the Belgian Eifel. Pack some

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  • Intermediate
    03:15
    7.42 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Early in the morning there is often still dew on flowers and berries in the High Fens - on this plateau with an impressive biological diversity, the morning freshness can be felt even better. Not only in the early hours of the day there is absolute peace and quiet here. There is hardly a more peaceful

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  • Intermediate
    02:18
    5.36 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Welcome to the roof of Belgium. The Signal de Botrange is officially the highest point in the country. A huge high moor stretches around the summit with the High Fens, which is perfect for exciting hikes. After just a few meters you will reach a viewing platform from which you can enjoy a fantastic view

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  • Intermediate
    04:05
    9.30 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Fens plateau is home to countless mysteries and legends. As fascinating and beautiful as nature is up here, it is also rough and relentless. The extreme climate and the barren soil ensure that hardly any people have settled in this area to this day. Hardly any other landscape has inspired and frightened

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  • Intermediate
    02:44
    6.30 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At Kelmis, the Göhl flows through one of the largest zinc and lead deposits in Europe, which was almost fatal to her. Because during the industrial revolution of the 19th century, these natural resources were mercilessly exploited without regard to nature. Luckily, the region was completely rehabilitated

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  • Intermediate
    04:09
    9.36 mi
    2.3 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Manderfeld is quite isolated on the hills in the wonderful landscape of East Belgium. Due to this remoteness and the proximity to the border with Germany, a lively smuggling trade used to flourish here. For hikers, the quiet of the rural area is a magical attraction. Here you can hike for hours through

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  • Intermediate
    04:43
    10.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Xhoffraix is one of the few villages on the edge of the High Fens where the climate is often harsh, even in summer, and the winters are cold and long. Hikers who long for peace and wonderful nature experiences benefit from this secluded location. On this extended hike you will explore the Warche valley

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    5.20 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Robertville reservoir is a popular destination for swimming, fishing and hiking. You start in Robertville, but first turn to the beautiful meadow landscapes above the lake. Quiet paths lead you through the dreamy landscape. You follow the small stream Quarreux. Not far from its headwaters you reach

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  • Intermediate
    02:05
    5.00 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The history of Sourbrodt is not only varied, but also extremely interesting from a cultural point of view: Located at the crossroads of influences and languages, the place has always been a melting pot. It is a typical Walloon village, but the German influence is also evident. The trains of the Vennbahn

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  • Intermediate
    02:09
    5.00 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Raeren is not far from the German border, directly on the route of the disused Vennbahn. The old train station is a popular destination, partly because a cozy café has been set up in one of the old wagons. With a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, you can vividly imagine how steam locomotives used to

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    4.67 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lichtenbach flows towards the Olef and thus towards the German border. It forms a mysterious and remote valley. Hikers appreciate the quiet, as did the smugglers who, in the post-WWII years, took advantage of the remoteness to cross the border unseen. One of them was Johnny Nysten, who was shot dead

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    26
  • Distance
    179 mi
  • Duration
    77:22 h
  • Elevation
    14,250 ft

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