Hiking Highlight (Segment)
The Brackvenn lies on both sides of the Monschauer road (N 67), which leads from Monschau to Eupen. The trails are well signposted and along the boardwalks there are always information boards.
North of the N 67 is the Brackvenn divided into Nahtsief and Puzen. Parts of the area have been renatured. At the northern edge of this area lies the duck's nest, a pingo or palsen, which was filled with drainage ditches with water to have firefighting water for fires in the Venn.
South of the N 67 are the Venngebiete Im Platten Venn, Hobbe and the Royal peat bog. In this area there are several Palsen or "Mooraugen". One of them, the Hellenketel, is located near the parking lot Nahtsief.
In the royal peat bog no peat was mined and the original bog vegetation is still preserved. The area is therefore strictly protected and is not accessible.
In both parts of Brackvenn there are several pals (pingos). They originated at the end of the last ice age about 10,000 to 11,000 years ago and consist of a round earth wall, which surrounds a water hole, the so-called Moorauge. These geologically interesting formations can be easily recognized on aerial photographs, e.g. on google-earth.
As in all fens, there is a risk of fire from 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 with many footbridges. If the parking lot Nahätief too full, as Gerd suggests it already above, there are a few meters further towards Mützenich still a Parkpaltz. Both parking spaces are connected by a small path through the forest. So you do not have to be in the street ditch from A to B.
November 7, 2017
Beautiful way on wooden bridges by the Brackvenn; The ridges are mostly quite narrow and can be smooth and slippery when wet. In some places, the bridges are in a not very good condition.
In drought (red flag) the moor must not be entered. On hot summer days better early in the morning or in the evening go and do not forget sunscreen.
June 2, 2019
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