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Pleasure tour 12 – The big fen loop

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  • Noir Flohay im Hohen Venn
    / Noir Flohay im Hohen Venn
    Photo: Michael Sänger, CC BY, ostbelgien.eu
  • / Wandern im Hohen Venn
    Photo: HIKE&trekking_Magazine_Lex_van_den_Bosch, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Noir Flohay im Hohen Venn
    Photo: ostbelgien.eu, CC BY, ostbelgien.eu
  • / Noir Flohay im Hohen Venn
    Photo: ostbelgien.eu, CC BY, ostbelgien.eu
  • / Wandern im Hohen Venn
    Photo: ostbelgien.eu/D.Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Wandern im Hohen Venn
    Photo: ostbelgien.eu/D.Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Noir Flohay im Hohen Venn
    Photo: Michael Sänger, CC BY, ostbelgien.eu
m 1000 900 800 700 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Parkplatz Botrange Baraque Michel & Kapelle Fischbach Signal de Botrange Parkplatz Botrange Neûr Lowé Venn Wallonisches Venn Poleûr Venn Les Wés

Starting from Signal de Botrange, we walk to the viewing platform of Walloon Fen, from where you can enjoy an incredible view out over the heath and moor landscape.
easy
8.7 km
2:22 h
73 m
73 m

We follow the path on the left which winds its way along the fen, using the wooden footbridges built on piles above the moor: the heritage of a construction technique which was already being used in the early Middle Ages on a route that led through the Fens, the via Mansuerisca. At Les Wez we're in the middle of nowhere, right in the heart of the nature reserve. What vastness!

A place at which travellers surely shuddered, only to breathe a sigh of relief when they discovered the inn at Baraque-Michel. You return via Poleur Fen, where traces of human activity from more than a hundred years ago are still visible today. The discovery tour continues at Neur Lowé, a microcosm in itself which is home to all the plant species from the plateau of the High Fens.

Author’s recommendation

You can stop off for some refreshment at the Nature Park Centre or the Signal de Botrange.

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Updated: January 23, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
699 m
Lowest point
629 m
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Rest Stop

Fagné'téria

Safety information

A long hike with many sections on wooden footbridges. Dogs are not allowed in the nature reserve.

Tips, hints and links

East Belgium Tourist Agency 

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

Tel. +32 80 22 76 64

www.ostbelgien.eu  

info@ostbelgien.eu 

Start

Signal de Botrange - Visitor car park (692 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.501648, 6.093517
DMS
50°30'05.9"N 6°05'36.7"E
UTM
32U 293892 5598444
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Destination

Signal de Botrange - Visitor car park

Turn-by-turn directions

Signposting: blue rectangle, 'blueberry' logo

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train: www.belgianrail.be 

By bus: www.infotec.be 

Getting there

From Brussels - Liège - Maastricht or Aachen (BAB 44) via motorway E 40, exit Eupen N 67 to Eupen N 68 direction Malmedy, at the Mont-Rigi junction direction Botrange

 

From Verviers or Trier (B51) via motorway E 42, exit Malmedy, N 68 to Malmedy, N 68 direction Eupen - Baraque Michel, at the junction Mont-Rigi direction Botrange

Parking

Large parking lot at the Signal de Botrange.

Coordinates

DD
50.501648, 6.093517
DMS
50°30'05.9"N 6°05'36.7"E
UTM
32U 293892 5598444
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

You’ll find hiking guides in the East Belgium webshop

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map at the foot of the High Fens- - IGN - 1:25.000 / www.ostbelgien.eu - Webshop

Equipment

Hiking boots recommended. Dogs are not allowed in the nature reserve.

Similar routes nearby

  • Vennwanderung am Naturparkzentrum Botrange
  • Naturlehrpfad Neûr-Lowé
  • Naturlehrpfad Facetten des Venns
  • Kids on tour - Das Polleur-Venn - Mont-Rigi
  • Naturlehrpfad Poleur Venn
  • Kids on Tour - Aventure près de la cascade
  • Kids on Tour - Auf Stegen durch die Moorlandschaft
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.7 km
Duration
2:22h
Ascent
73 m
Descent
73 m
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