Venntrilogie – the premium hiking experience in East Belgium
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On the roof of Belgium, not far from the German border, is Europe's oldest raised bog – a unique landscape that’s a delight to explore. This fascinating moorland is deserted and acts as a natural water reservoir for East Belgium. Wildlife is abundant; the untouched Fens are home to rare black grouse, beavers, lynxes and wolves. A new premium long-distance hiking trail, which is sure to captivate, leads right through this precious natural landscape in connection with the popular Eifelsteig trail.
On six stages over a total of 109 kilometres (67 mi), you discover the Fens’ three different natural regions, each a distinct chapter in itself. Between the border triangle, where Belgium meets Germany and the Netherlands, is Bütgenbach, where you find diverse landscapes that outdo each other in terms of beauty.
First, you follow centuries-old paths through the green landscapes of the Eifel foothills. The gentle hills of the Eupener Land offer you wide views over a rural idyll. Cows and sheep graze peacefully on meadows draped in the enchanting colours of calamine violets. Then you climb the unique High Fens, where dense fog often bathes the moors below, a scene of perfect tranquillity. On sunny days, you won't be able to get enough of the seemingly endless expanses.
The last third of the trail leads you along historic paths through the picturesque Warche valley, where impressive waterfalls plunge into the depths and the legendary Reinhardstein Castle towers proudly on its slope. Finally, you reach the serene Bütgenbach and can reflect on your hike on the shores of the crystal-clear, glittering lake. You’ll never forget this journey through the most beautiful landscapes of East Belgium.
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Last updated: May 17, 2023
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The Vent trilogy begins on the Vaalserberg at the border triangle. You can either reach the starting point comfortably by bus or simply walk the short distance from Aachen or Vaals. Many beautiful and interesting paths lead to the summit. Here the borders of Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands meet…
On the second stage of the Venn trilogy, you will roam the Eupener Land and finally reach the capital of the German-speaking community of Belgium at the foot of the mighty High Fens. After you have left Eynatten behind you, you are immediately back in the countryside. There are only a few small villages…
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At the beginning of the third stage, make sure that you have had a good breakfast and don't forget to take enough food for the trail. You are now entering the mystical and deserted High Fens. You will not find any human settlement on the entire third stage. The landscape is too rough and inhospitable…
Again today there are no significant villages on the way. The catering on the way should therefore be well planned. If you don't have much provisions left after yesterday's long stage through the High Fens, it may be worth taking a short detour to Sourbrodt after the start of the stage. At the entrance…
The fifth stage of the Venn trilogy follows the valley of the Warche. However, it is not always flat along its banks, but you also climb one or the other slope and thus enjoy wonderful views of the valley and the surrounding heights. Right at the beginning it goes up steeply. You take one last look at…
The sixth and final stage of the Venn trilogy will take you to your destination in Bütgenbach. It is mainly about water, as a large part of your hiking route today leads either along the banks of the dam or along the Warche. Your destination for the day, Bütgenbach, is also known nationally, mainly because…
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