Pleasure tour 26 – The wood of the dukes

Walking · Eupen

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

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.

Hiking in the junction system:

Follow the hiking route nodes: 62 > 71 > 5 > 49 > 25 > 36 > 96 > 62 More information: 


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.


  • Difficulty Medium
  • Distance 8 km
  • Duration 2:18 h.
  • Highest point 182 m
  • Lowest point 182 m
LoopRefreshment stops availableBotanical highlightsFaunistic highlights

Geographical location

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


  • Difficulty Medium
  • Stamina
  • Experiential value
  • Landscape
  • Highest point 507 m
  • Lowest point 374 m
Recommended season

Safety advice

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.

Recommended equipment

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

Further information and links

East Belgium Tourist Agency 

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

+32 80 22 76 64

Start of the tour

Down by Ternell house.


  • DD 50.584917 , 6.129577

End of the tour

The hike ends at Ternell Nature Centre.


Hiking in the junction system:

Follow the hiking route nodes: 62 > 71 > 5 > 49 > 25 > 36 > 96 > 62 More information: 

By public transport

By train:

By bus:

Please use the route planner.


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

Arriving by train, car or bicycle

Follow the instructions!

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Map recommended by the author

High Fens - hiking map - IGN - 1:25.000 /  - Webshop