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Pleasure tour 26 – The wood of the dukes

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  • Vom Wald der Herzöge Ternell
    / Vom Wald der Herzöge Ternell
    Photo: Dany Heck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Vom Wald der Herzöge Ternell
    Photo: Dany Heck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Vom Wald der Herzöge Ternell
    Photo: Dany Heck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Vom Wald der Herzöge Ternell
    Photo: Dany Heck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Vom Wald der Herzöge Ternell
    Photo: Dany Heck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Vom Wald der Herzöge Ternell
    Photo: Dany Heck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Vom Wald der Herzöge Ternell
    Photo: Dany Heck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Vom Wald der Herzöge Ternell
    Photo: Dany Heck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Vom Wald der Herzöge Ternell
    Photo: Dany Heck, East Belgium Tourist Agency
m 700 600 500 400 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Naturzentrum Haus Ternell Getzbach Stauwehr

A majestic aura: the centuries-old Hertogenwald bears its name with good reason.

moderate
8 km
2:18 h
182 m
182 m

In the 17th century, Haus Ternell, in the heart of the Hertogenwald, served as a hunting lodge for a wool industrialist from Monschau. Today, it's the ideal starting point for walks and hikes. The clearing is some 500 metres above sea level and takes you into Belgium's largest enclosed forest area. Just a few steps and there you are, already deep in the forest, surrounded by green undergrowth. Yet the Hertogenwald is the very opposite of a sombre fairy-tale wood.

The sun's rays penetrate the leaf covering and make the streams and rocks glitter. At the end of the trail lies a lost valley. Isolated tree stumps rise from the dark river bed. Between granite rocks and steep slopes we follow the little river, which grows and grows before it joins the Weser. At the halfway point it goes uphill again, so that we reach the opposite bank. Here the Getzbach flows, and it accompanies us back to Haus Ternell, where we started from.

Author’s recommendation

The Fen and Forest Museum offers the young and the young at heart the opportunity to expand their knowledge of natural history and their environmental awareness.

www.ternell.be

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Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien

Updated: January 24, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
507 m
Lowest point
374 m
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Safety information

The route alongside the river Hill is somewhat more challenging. The way back along the Getzbach is easier.

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

Down by Ternell house. (494 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.584917, 6.129577
UTM
32U 296808 5607601

Destination

The hike ends at Ternell Nature Centre.

Turn-by-turn directions

Signposting: green cross.

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

Parking at Ternell Nature Centre. GPS-Coordinates N503516 - E60777

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

High Fens - hiking map - IGN - 1:25.000 / www.ostbelgien.eu  - Webshop

Equipment

Wear tall hiking boots, take water with you and drop into House Ternell for refreshments.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8 km
Duration
2:18h
Ascent
182 m
Descent
182 m
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