GR 56 - Botrange / Monschau

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GR 56 - stage Nature Park Centre Botrange/Monschau

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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.

moderate
17.2 km
4:39 h
260 m
518 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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Author
Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
Updated: November 25, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
660 m
Lowest point
401 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

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

Safety information

Dogs are not allowed in the nature reserve.

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

Nature Park Centre Botrange (655 hm) (655 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.492968, 6.099927
UTM
32U 294309 5597461

Destination

Monschau Castle

Turn-by-turn directions

Signage: white and red rectangle.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By bus: www.infotec.be

Getting there

Please use the route planner.

Parking

At the visitor car park at the Nature Park Centre.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Equipment

Hiking boots are recommended.

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  • GR 56 - Etappe Bütgenbach / Büllingen
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.2 km
Duration
4:39h
Ascent
260 m
Descent
518 m
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