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GR 56 - Botrange / Monschau

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GR 14 - Nature Park Centre Botrange / Monschau

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  • High Fens
    High Fens
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, CC BY-SA, East Belgium Tourist Agency
What awaits visitors here can only be described in superlatives: the highest point in Belgium, the only raised moorland in the country. And yet, when applied to the High Fens, they are not exaggerations. It is a unique and fragile landscape that one cannot help but be fascinated by.
Open
moderate
Distance 17.2 km
4:35 h
183 m
438 m
660 m
400 m
Embedded deep in the High Fens-Eifel Nature Park is this unique, otherworldly landscape, characterised by its strangely captivating desolation. But its apparent barrenness is only superficial. Though the climate on this high plateau is sometimes harsh, this large grassy moorland is a vital habitat for many plants and animals. The Nature Park Centre tells visitors everything there is to know about this landscape in a very clear and comprehensible way. Armed with this wealth of knowledge, you can then set out down the GR 56 and into the moor. At first, your path is wonderfully soft, and slightly springy as you walk on it. It’s a strange but amusing sensation. You walk close to the German border through sparse woods, passing the mighty crags topped by the “Cross in the Fens”. The hike is wild and romantic as it leads from the Reichenstein monastery through the spectacular Rur Valley all the way to enchanting Monschau.

Author’s recommendation

Monschau is the cultural center of a whole region and one of the most popular holiday and excursion destinations in the Eifel.
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Update: January 24, 2024
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
660 m
Lowest point
400 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 28.43%Dirt road 17.51%Forested/wild trail 36.36%Path 17.22%Road 0.45%
Asphalt
4.9 km
Dirt road
3 km
Forested/wild trail
6.2 km
Path
3 km
Road
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Naturparkzentrum Botrange
Signal de Botrange
Hotel-Restaurant Horchem
Hotel-Restaurant-Café Horchem

Safety information

Dogs are not allowed in the nature reserve.

Tips and hints

East Belgium Tourist Agency npo

Hauptstraße 54

4780 Sankt Vith

+32 80 22 76 64

info@ostbelgien.eu 

www.ostbelgien.eu 

BE 0715 454 578 - RJP/RPM Eupen

Start

Nature Park Centre Botrange (655 hm) (655 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.492968, 6.099935
DMS
50°29'34.7"N 6°05'59.8"E
UTM
32U 294310 5597461
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Destination

Monschau Castle

Turn-by-turn directions

Signage: white and red rectangle.

Public transport

By bus: www.letec.be 

Directions

Please use the route planner.

Parking

At the visitor car park at the Nature Park Centre.

Coordinates

DD
50.492968, 6.099935
DMS
50°29'34.7"N 6°05'59.8"E
UTM
32U 294310 5597461
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Equipment

Hiking boots are recommended.

Similar routes nearby

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.2 km
Duration
4:35 h
Ascent
183 m
Descent
438 m
Highest point
660 m
Lowest point
400 m
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