Pleasure tour 21 – Another world

Walking ·

Raw and untouched, this landscape is a challenge to body and mind. This hike takes you deep into the wood and up to the edge of Kutenhart Fen.

Somehow, you feel reminded of heath landscapes or tundra zones in more northern countries. In this hot August the Eschbach has run dry. We follow the dried-up river bed towards the source and push ahead into natural surroundings that seem to get wilder and wilder.

The tall ferns and grasses already herald the heath landscape that flourishes in the east of the High Fens. A particularly barren area that people seem to avoid. After a bend, we come to the remains of the Reinartzhof, whose landholdings lay on the edge of the fens.

In 1953, a particularly heavy snowstorm cut the farms off from the world outside and the inhabitants had to be provided for by helicopter. In fact, the agricultural business was never to recover completely. 5 years later the farms in the catchment area of the Weser dam were dispossessed to protect the quality of the water. Since then, nature has regained control of the former hamlet, and absolute silence now reigns.

Hiking in the junction system:

Follow the hiking route nodes: 32 > 95 > 38 > 21 > 87 > 98 > 92 > 37 > 90 > 93 > 87 > 21 > 95 > 32

More information: https://www.ostbelgien.eu/en/walking/hiking-route-planer 

Hints

Highlights along the way are the Reinartzhof, the Kutenhart-Venn, the Eschbach and the Weser Valley.

Difficulty

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Distance 15.4 km
  • Duration 4:39 h.
  • Highest point 174 m
  • Lowest point 174 m
One-way routeBotanical highlightsFaunistic highlights

Geographical location

  • Country Belgium
  • Region Région Wallonne
  • Province Verviers
  • Municipality Raeren

Details

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Stamina
  • Experiential value
  • Landscape
  • Highest point 518 m
  • Lowest point 378 m
Recommended season
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Safety advice

A long, very pleasant hike with sporting challenges along the streams. Difficult paths along the Venns.

Dogs are not allowed on this hike.

Recommended equipment

Waterproof hiking boots must be provided! Pack drinks and a small refreshment.

Further information and links

East Belgium Tourist Agency 

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

Tel. +32 80 22 76 64

www.ostbelgien.eu  

info@ostbelgien.eu  

Start of the tour

Petergensfeld car park. At the parking lot down the street. GPS coordinates: 50,646 - 6,176

Coordinates

  • DD 50.647 , 6.18351

End of the tour

Petergensfeld car park.

Route

Hiking in the junction system:

Follow the hiking route nodes: 32 > 95 > 38 > 21 > 87 > 98 > 92 > 37 > 90 > 93 > 87 > 21 > 95 > 32

More information: https://www.ostbelgien.eu/en/walking/hiking-route-planer 

By public transport

By train: www.belgianrail.be 

By bus: www.infotec.be 

Please use the route planner.

Parking

Take the Raeren-Roetgen road to the right in the direction of the shooting range.

Arriving by train, car or bicycle

Follow the instructions!

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Map recommended by the author

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