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Altitude — highest points of the Netherlands and Belgium with LOWA

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Altitude — highest points of the Netherlands and Belgium with LOWA

Hiking Collection by LOWA Benelux

8

Tours

36:24 h

83.3 mi

6,100 ft

Neither the Netherlands nor Belgium are known for their high mountains. Despite this, you can still find some elevation gain if you know where to look. That’s why this Collection, together with LOWA Benelux, leads you on hilly adventures even in these low countries. We’ve collected a total of eight Tours that visit the highest points of the Netherlands and Belgium. One of the Tours – the adventure around the Amerongse Berg – we made in collaboration with the Thru-hiking Community (komoot.nl/user/thruhiking). Just like the other Tours, it’s an ideal area to train for your next long distance hike or hut trek in the mountains.

First, let’s test your knowledge. Do you know what the highest points of both countries are? To refresh your memory: the Netherlands has the Dreilandenpunt on the Vaalserberg. It has a summit at 322 metres (1,056 ft) above sea level and is only one step away from both Belgium and Germany.

Did you expect the highest point in Belgium to be directly on the other side of the border? Well, you'll have to climb a whole lot further south. The highest point in Belgium is Signal de Botrange in the Hoge Venen Nature Reserve. The summit is more than twice as high as the highest point in the Netherlands, at 694 metres (2,277 ft).

The Tours in this Collection are all medium to difficult. In view of the distances involved, allow half a day or a full day for your hike. All walks start near a train station or bus stop or you can drive – the routes are loops. There are also often accommodation options like hotels, B&Bs and campsites nearby, so you can make it a real getaway.

Make sure you have weather-appropriate clothes, because the conditions are often quite unpredictable in the Netherlands and Belgium. Take enough water and something to eat, although on most walks you will pass a restaurant or café where you can take a break.

Always wear good shoes for these walks. LOWA Benelux makes great hiking boots and they’re particularly great for longer walks. They use their proven fit, and are always working on new and better concepts. LOWA's mission is to offer customers an excellent outdoor experience. As a result, the range consists of shoes for all types of hikes, from casual trainers to technical alpine shoes.

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  • Gaining height around the Amerongse Berg — highest points of the Netherlands and Belgium with LOWA

    04:45
    11.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft

    Looking for altimeters in the Netherlands! In our backyard - the Utrechtse Heuvelrug - we set out together with {0} to make quite a few altimeters. At least, for Dutch standards of course 😊

    

    From Amerongen Castle you can make a nice loop over two peaks: the Amerongse and Elsterberg. You walk on narrow

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    12.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In this Tour of LOWA you walk to the top of a special hill, the Tankenberg. The summit is 85 meters on the Egheria estate is surrounded by sagas and legends. According to one of the stories, at the beginning of the era there is a temple here dedicated to Tanfana, a Germanic fertility goddess.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    8.98 mi
    2.3 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Vaalserberg is the highest point in the Netherlands (for the Tour, see komoot.nl/tour/842766733), but Keutenberg, a little further away, is also worth a visit. With its 163 meters, this hill certainly belongs in this Collection from LOWA.

    

    You start this walk at Schin op Geul station, but the route

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  • Difficult
    05:35
    12.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Will you join LOWA in search of altimeters in the low countries? Then this Tour should certainly not be missed. You walk to the highest point in the Netherlands, the Vaalserberg. At 322.5 meters above sea level, the Drielandenpunt is also located on the Vaalserberg, where the Netherlands, Belgium and

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  • Intermediate
    03:44
    8.42 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This Tour from the series in search of altimeters in the Benelux from LOWA takes you to the Kemmelberg in West Flanders. At 156 meters, it is also the highest mountain in that province.

    

    This walk has quite a few altimeters by Belgian standards. 220 up and also 220 down to be exact. You start on the edge

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  • Intermediate
    04:23
    9.94 mi
    2.3 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Zwarte Berg, or actually Zwarteberg, is only a few meters lower than the nearby Kemmelberg from Tour komoot.nl/tour/842772254 . The latter is 156 meters and the Zwarte Berg measures 152 meters. The hill is located exactly on the border of Belgium and France, which is why the mountain is also known

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  • Intermediate
    03:22
    7.51 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Kluisberg is central to this Tour by LOWA. This mountain - or actually hill - is located in the Flemish Ardennes and is 141 meters high. You start your walk in the village of Kluisbergen. By the way, don't be fooled by the town of Mont-de-l'Enclus, which means the same in French. This is just on

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  • Difficult
    05:16
    12.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Are you ready to brave the highest point in Belgium with LOWA? Great, because that is on the program during this Tour to Signal de Botrange. You start this 18-kilometer walk at a bus stop, but we still recommend that you travel by car to the starting point, where there is also a parking lot. That's a

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    83.3 mi
  • Duration
    36:24 h
  • Elevation
    6,100 ft

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