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Pleasure tour 01 - 8,9 km

Walking ·

Formerly, gold deposits gave the river its charm. Today it's the landscapes.

At Montenau, the Amel disappears into the so-called Wolfsbusch, a fir and beech wood which extends out beyond the borders of East Belgium and reminds us that wolves were still at home in the Ardennes right on into the 19th century. Protected by the treetops, we reach the river, which carves its way through the Ardennes massif. Seen from above, the banks of the Amel communicate an almost perfect image of silence and serenity.

Via a timber bridge and some planking the route leads to Thirimont, a hamlet in the middle of a green oasis. Again we cross a bridge and discover traces of former gold-digging activities and long buried dreams of getting rich over night. In the silence you can hear the murmur of the Amel. The call of a cuckoo rings out in the distance. Two buzzards circle overhead. In Montenau nature leaves nothing to be desired.

Junction node network :

Please follow these junctions: 21 > 83 > 84 > 45 > 46 > 21

Information: http://go.ostbelgien.eu/routenplaner-wandern 


The Montenau ham smoking facility is organised in such a way that you can watch original Ardennes ham being made live from A to Z. On weekdays you can watch the men and women at work through large glass windows.


  • Difficulty Medium
  • Distance 8.9 km
  • Duration 2:31 h.
  • Highest point 157 m
  • Lowest point 156 m
LoopRefreshment stops availableGeological highlights

Geographical location

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


  • Difficulty Medium
  • Stamina
  • Experiential value
  • Landscape
  • Highest point 494 m
  • Lowest point 390 m
Recommended season

Safety advice

Be careful, wooden walkways and bridges are very slippery when wet. Dogs are allowed, must be kept on a leash.

Recommended equipment

Classic hiking boots reommanded. Take water and food with you. Eat & drink in Montenau and Ligneuville.

Further information and links

East Belgium Tourist Agency
Hauptstraße 54
4780 St.Vith
Tel. +32 80 22 76 64



Start of the tour

Near the Montenau monastery. Follow direction Montenau and turn right after 100m. GPS coordinates 50.366 - 6.1198


  • DD 50.364139 , 6.1199

End of the tour

Near the Montenau monastery.


Junction node network :

Please follow these junctions: 21 > 83 > 84 > 45 > 46 > 21

Information: http://go.ostbelgien.eu/routenplaner-wandern 

By public transport

By train: www.belgianrail.be 

By bus: www.infotec.be 

Please use the route planner.


Near the monastery of Montenau (towards Ligneuville)

Arriving by train, car or bicycle

Follow the instructions!

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