Pleasure tour 14 - 9,9 km

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Pleasure tour 14 – In the land of the calamine

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  • Im Land des Galmeis Kelmis / Lontzen
    / Im Land des Galmeis Kelmis / Lontzen
    Photo: Dany Heck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Im Land des Galmeis Kelmis / Lontzen
    Photo: Bild: Grenzrouten, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Im Land des Galmeis Kelmis / Lontzen
    Photo: Bild: Gemeinde Lontzen, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Im Land des Galmeis Kelmis / Lontzen
    Photo: Bild: Hahnbueck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Im Land des Galmeis Kelmis / Lontzen
    Photo: Bild: Gemeinde Lontzen, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Im Land des Galmeis Kelmis / Lontzen
    Photo: Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien, East Belgium Tourist Agency
m 500 400 300 200 8 6 4 2 km Schloss Thor Eyneburg

Past pastures and meadows with fences, this trail is a journey back in time to the former zinc spar mines in Kelmis.

moderate
9.9 km
2:37 h
76 m
78 m

Between pastures and arable land your gaze falls on the crests of the hills, most of which are covered by woods. Livestock grazes on the meadows in the valleys. Here we meet the Lontzen stream and follow it into Kelmis Forest. At the 'casino pond' we join the course of the Göhl for a while.

The fact that it flowed through one of Europe's largest zinc and lead deposits was a fateful circumstance for the Göhl. During the industrial revolution in the 19th century the mineral resources were mined extensively without any heed being paid to the fauna or flora. Today, the disused mining area has been completely redeveloped and renaturated.

This acknowledged conservation area can be explored on various different hiking paths, with information panels explaining the importance of calamine mining in former times for Kelmis and the country around it. After that, uphill to the Eyneburg and we walk on into a real picture-postcard forest. At dusk we reach Lontzen.

Author’s recommendation

Between April and September yellow calamine pansies (viola calaminaria) grow here, an extremely rare species from the genus of the violets.

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Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
Updated: January 23, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
249 m
Lowest point
180 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Saveurs du Tilleul

Safety information

Pass unhindered through woods and meadows.

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash.

Tips, hints and links

East Belgium Tourist Agency 

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

+32 80 22 76 64

www.ostbelgien.eu

info@ostbelgien.eu

Start

Along the lake towards the castle. From Lontzen, go up Maria-Theresia-Strasse. GPS-Coordinates Kelmis: 50.7121 6.011, Lontzen: 50.6813 6.0068 (188 hm) (188 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.712758, 6.011147
UTM
32U 288999 5622144

Destination

The Lake (Casinoweiher)

Turn-by-turn directions

Signposting: green rectangle.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train: www.belgianrail.de

By bus: www.infotec.be

Getting there

Please use the route planner.

Parking

Level with the Casinoweiher pond or in the centre of Lontzen.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Eupener Land & Göhltal - hiking map / IGN - 1:25.000 www.ostbelgien.eu - Webshop

Equipment

Proper hiking boots. Stop for a bite to eat in Kelmis.

Similar routes nearby

  • Industrielehrpfad Kelmis
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  • Göhl valley route Via Gulia - source of the Göhl - Kelmis
  • Kids on tour - Eynatten
  • Pleasure tour 19 – Meadow trails
  • Kids on Tour - Naturlehrpfad Raeren
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.9 km
Duration
2:37h
Ascent
76 m
Descent
78 m
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