The region of East Belgium may be relatively small, but it offers you the chance to get close to a huge variety of nature. You can discover rugged moors, rushing wild rivers, great viewpoints and blooming meadows on your hikes at the cultural and linguistic intersection of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. In this Collection, we introduce you to seven particularly beautiful walks that show you the beauty of eastern Belgium’s landscape. The hikes vary in length and difficulty, but they all have one thing in common: they let you immerse yourself in nature.
The hiking trails in the region are well signposted. If you feel like a bigger challenge, then you can extend the two stages on the long-distance trails GR 573 and GR 56. Malmedy is the ideal place to base yourself to explore East Belgium. The town is centrally located between the starting points of the hikes and has a special charm in the summer when the streets are full of colorful flowers. The other cities in the region may also surprise you with their unique charm, adding to the region’s special diversity.
Lace up your hiking boots, pack a picnic in your backpack and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes between the Eifel and the Ardennes.
At the height of Montenau, the Amel disappears in the so-called Wolfsbusch, a fir and beech forest that extends across the borders of eastern Belgium. The river winds leisurely through the beautiful forest landscape - and you can accompany him on his journey on this ten-kilometer hike. Start of the tour is in the quiet town of Montenau.The first few miles you run through the dense Wolfsbusch. The name of the forest recalls that until the 19th century, the wolf was still native to the Ardennes. After a good four kilometers, you will hear the murmur of the Amel, which you will then cross. By the way, the name Amel is Celtic and means water.On flat forest paths you continue hiking and follow a section of the long-distance hiking trail GR 56. You cross a bridge again and discover traces of earlier gold mining activities and long-buried dreams of rapid wealth.Just before you enter Montenau, the path leads you past the monastery. An old manor, built by the Antwerp merchant Grisar just a few years before the outbreak of the First World War.You're hungry? Then worth a visit to the ham smokehouse Montenau. Here you can watch during the week during the production of the original Ardennes ham and then of course try the hearty delicacy.
The start of this twelve-kilometer hike is in the village of Ouren. Before you leave the village to the north, you can make a detour to the castle and watch the archaeologists in the excavation work. The first few kilometers you follow the Our, before you turn on the Belgian-Luxembourg border and begin the ascent.After 210 meters of altitude difference you will be rewarded with a boundless panorama in the truest sense of the word: across national borders you will be able to see beautiful hills and valleys. After the forests of the Ardennes begins here on the hill the Eifel, the other large forest area on the edge of Ostbelgiens. In front of you are meadows and fields.The path leads you through a spruce forest gently downhill to the Europadenkmal on Dreiländereck. Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg meet here. And the Our joins again. On the last kilometers, the path leads you through Peterskirchen, until you arrive back at the starting point and relax on the bank of the Our.
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Along the stream - this is the motto of this good nine-kilometer hike. Enjoy nature to the full and watch the butterflies flutter around the flowers along the way. Breathe the sweet scent of the meadows. Enjoy the cool shade in the mixed forests and be enchanted by the splashing of the streams. The starting point of the hike is at the Lourdes Grotto in Schönberg.You walk up a gentle slope. Once on the Knieberg, the route leads east to another protected valley. Here the Großweberbach winds through the landscape. Your way will take you along the shore. At the end of the tour you will reach the broad valley of the Our and make a short detour to the lookout point Bürgerschaft. Because from here you have a very nice view. In Schönberg you will find several ways to stop by.
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 until you reach the dam after one and a half kilometers. The building is 23 meters high, 140 meters long and consists of several vaulted arches. The path leads you over the wall and offers you a great insight into the architecture.Continue along the shore of the lake. Again and again you come to beautiful resting places over, where you can make a small picnic and enjoy the lake panorama. After just under eight kilometers you get an insight into the nature reserve of the Warche. Here you can discover typical alpine plants such as the fennel and the black knapweed.Not much longer, then you have circled the lake and come back to the starting point. For refreshment you can jump in the seaside resort in the cool water and either active or rather relaxed enjoy the rest of the day on the lake.
A hike, as if through another world - on this 20-kilometer circular tour you dive into a heathland reminiscent of tundra areas in northern countries. You will be accompanied on your way through the wild nature of the Eschbach. The hike starts at the car park Petergensfeld near Roetgen.On the first section of the route you will accompany the Weser, from where the Eschbach branches off. High ferns and grasses give you a first taste of the heathland that thrives in the east of the High Fens. This part of the cross-border plateau between Germany and Belgium is less well-known, but more original and rougher. After a good eight kilometers, you can take a break at the Reinartzhof, the highest point of your tour, and enjoy your provisions.You hike gently through the forest downhill, until you are back on the river and follow the idyllic path along the water. Accompanied by the splashing of the Eschbach, you hike back to your starting point on a beautiful route. There you can reward yourself with coffee and cake at Café Wanderbar.If you still have time for a detour, then it is worth a visit to the nearby Weser dam, an impressive and mighty dam. On a plateau above the wall is the "visitor center Weser dam". There you will find a restaurant with outdoor terraces, playgrounds and a 33 meter high observation tower. This has been converted in recent years in addition to a climbing tower.
This varied hike takes you to the highest point in Belgium. You hike along the 25-kilometer route along the banks of the Hill, on boardwalks over the high plateau of the High Fens to the Signal de Botrange at 694 meters. The route is a leg of the 160-kilometer GR 573 long-distance hiking trail. The white-red hiking trail gives you the direction.Start of the hike is in Eupen. After leaving the village, hike along an idyllic forest road along the hill. You cross more streams, wander over rock and root passages before you leave the Hertogenwald and reach the Herzogenhügel. On the plateau of the High Fens, a different world awaits you: peat grass determines the vegetation here. Over wooden walkways you pass the rough as well as beautiful landscape of the high moor. The last few kilometers to the Signal de Botrange you go over wide grassy paths. From the observation tower you have a great panoramic view.From the Nature Park Center Botrange you can take the bus 394 back to Eupen. Definitely pack provisions for the hike, as there are no places to rest on the way.
This hike will take you from the "roof of Belgium" down to the Malawi Valley for about 23 kilometers. Start of the diversified tour is at the nature center in Botrange. The hike is one stage of the long-distance hiking trail GR 56.From the starting point it is not far to the highest point in Belgium, the Signal de Botrange at 694 meters altitude. From here, you hike gently downhill through the Venn and then follow one of the most beautiful torrents in the area, the Trô Maret, down the valley.After a good five kilometers, you will hike on wide gravel paths through the beautiful landscape of the Polleur-Venn. Enjoy the harsh landscape of this region and let the beauty of nature affect you. Soon, the short and crisp climb to the small town of Bernister awaits you.From the outskirts the path leads you directly into the valley, past the monument to the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. The steep path takes you quickly down to Malmedy. Once at the bottom, cross the Warche over an old quarry bridge and reach your destination. In Malmedy you will find several restaurants for a successful completion of the hiking day.At the starting point of the tour you will come from Malmedy by bus.