Ovelo - The High Fens in the eastern part of the Hertogenwald

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Ovelo - The High Fens in the eastern part of the Hertogenwald

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  • High Fens
    / High Fens
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, ostbelgien.eu
  • / High Fens
    Photo: D. Ketz, ostbelgien.eu
  • / High Fens
    Photo: D. Ketz, ostbelgien.eu
  • / Ternell
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  • / Ternell
    Photo: C. Charlier, ostbelgien.eu
  • / Brackvenn
    Photo: D. Ketz, ostbelgien.eu
  • / Brackvenn
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  • / Monschau
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  • / Monschau
    Photo: D. Ketz, vennbahn.eu
  • / Monschau
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  • / Leykaul
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m 800 700 600 500 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Naturzentrum Haus Ternell Naturzentrum Haus Ternell Kloster Reichenstein Railbike Naturpark Hohes Venn Getzbach Monschau

Almost 40% of the route follows the Vennbahn itself, affording an unexpected panoramic view of the valley across the German Eifel-Ardennes region. You cycle through dense forests and along the untouched peatland of the High Fens.
moderate
34.8 km
2:32 h
276 m
288 m
The first 12-km stretch along the Vennbahn takes you through German territory. Astonishingly, the 10m wide strip of railway line is Belgian territory, since Germany was made to surrender the cantons of Eupen, Malmedy and St. Vith, including the Vennbahn, to Belgium as a consequence of World War One. Boundary stones still lying alongside the former railway line testify to that. You will not come across any further villages and houses after “Entenpfuhl”. The High Fens are the dominant feature over the next 7 km, or more precisely the areas of the General and Imgenbroich Fens. This conservation area was recently returned to its original state as a result of the “Life” project. Left to their own devices, moors naturally develop into woodland. This peatland was renaturalised by felling the exotic grey alder in vast numbers. The Getzbach has its source here at a height of 600 metres. Several kilometres further on it flows into the Weser reservoir. The only sign of human life in the gigantic Osthertogenwald is the Haus Ternell nature centre, where you can relax over a drink or a snack. The remaining 13 km of the route will take you between tall trees and alongside burbling wild creeks.

Author’s recommendation

A small forest museum has been set up behind the brasserie at the visitors’ centre “Haus Ternell”.
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Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
Updated: November 26, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
655 m
Lowest point
478 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Ride carefully on public roads.

Tips, hints and links

Ternell: Brasserie-Restaurant Haus Ternell, Ternell 2-3, Eupen, T +32 87 300 048

Konzen (D): Atschi's Imbiss (bei Kn 24)

Küchelscheid: Waffle Time, Railbike, Am Breitenbach 35, T +32 80 685 890.

 

East Belgium Tourism Agency

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

Tel. +32 80 22 76 64

www.ostbelgien.eu

info@ostbelgien.eu

Start

Küchelscheid, Am Breitenbach 35, next to node 38 (505 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.521231, 6.206589
DMS
50°31'16.4"N 6°12'23.7"E
UTM
32U 301991 5600313
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Destination

Küchelscheid, Am Breitenbach 35, next to node 38

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow the cycle route nodes: 38> 51> 52> 53> 54> 84> 85> 63> 72> 38

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

www.belgiantrain.be

www.infotec.be

 

Getting there

Please use Google Maps.

Parking

Free parking at "Railbike", Am Breitenbach 35, 4750 Leykaul

Coordinates

DD
50.521231, 6.206589
DMS
50°31'16.4"N 6°12'23.7"E
UTM
32U 301991 5600313
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Equipment

  • Helmet
  • Sportswear
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Roadworthy bike
  • Drinking bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain protection
  • Camera

Similar routes nearby

  • Die Moor-Route
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  • Ovelo – From the Weser dam to the Vennbahn
  • Ovelo - Around Bütgenbach Lake
  • Die Warche-Route
  • Die Energie-Route
  • Wiesen-und Heckenlandschaft
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
34.8 km
Duration
2:32h
Ascent
276 m
Descent
288 m
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