Hiking Highlight (Segment)
The Brackvenn lies on both sides of the Monschauer Straße (N 67), which leads from Monschau to Eupen. The hiking trails are well signposted and there are always information boards along the wooden walkways.
North of the N 67, the Brackvenn is divided into Nahtsief and Puzen. Parts of the area have been renatured. At the northern edge of this area is the duck pond, a pingo or palsen, which was filled with water through drainage ditches in order to have water to extinguish fires in the fens.
South of the N 67 are the Venn areas Im Platten Venn, Hobbe and the Royal Peat Bog. There are several pals or "bog eyes" in this area. One of them, the Hellenketel, is close to the Nahtsief car park.
No peat was extracted in the royal peat bog and the original raised bog vegetation is still preserved. The area is therefore under strict nature protection and is not accessible.
In both parts of the Brackvenn there are several palsen (pingos). They were formed at the end of the last ice age around 10,000 to 11,000 years ago and consist of a round earth wall that surrounds a water hole, the so-called bog eye. These geologically interesting formations can be seen well on aerial photographs, e.g. on google-earth.
As in all Venn areas, there is a risk of fire in the event of prolonged drought. In such a case, a red flag is hoisted at the entrances to the Venn - entering the Venn is then not allowed.
June 22, 2019
Very nice hike over many lakes. There are fever clover and broken leg as plants as well as beaver structures to be seen.
If there is a "red flag", access to the hiking trails is forbidden. Likewise, not all hiking trails in the nature reserve are allowed for dogs.
November 7, 2017
Beautiful path on wooden footbridges through the Brackvenn; the bridges are mostly quite narrow and can be slippery and slippery when wet. In some places the bars are in a not particularly good condition.
The moor may not be entered in dry conditions (red flag). On hot summer days it is better to go early in the morning or in the evening and do not forget sun protection.
June 2, 2019
The Brackvenn is part of the high moor between Monschau and Eupen.
There are mostly easy-to-walk hiking trails here. Sometimes the bridges are very narrow and they can be very slippery when wet and ice.
The paths should not be left for your own safety and for nature conservation!
April 3, 2020
Since May 2010, the headwaters in the northern Brackvenn have been populated by numerous beaver families who, with their activities in the sense of the renaturation of the former marshland, are causing a backwater of the water that is now quite desirable.
October 8, 2021
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