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GR 56 - St. Vith / Ligneuville

Long Distance Hiking recommended route

GR56 – St. Vith / Ligneuville

Long Distance Hiking · Sankt Vith
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  • Panorama St.Vith
    / Panorama St.Vith
    Photo: ostbelgien.eu/D.Ketz, CC BY, Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
  • / Büchelturm St.Vith
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  • / Pfarkirche St.Vith
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  • / Rathaus und Zentrum St.Vith
    Photo: ostbelgien.eu/M.Balkow, CC BY, Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
  • / Rodter Buchen
    Photo: ostbelgien.eu/M. Balkow, CC BY, Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
  • / Wandern am Rechter Bach
    Photo: ostbelgien.eu/M. Balkow, Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
  • / Waldlehrpfad auf dem Tomberg.
    Photo: ostbelgien.eu/M. Balkow, CC BY, Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
  • / Rodter Wald
    Photo: ostbelgien.eu/M. Balkow, CC BY, Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
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This GR stage takes you from St. Vith via Rodt and Recht to Ligneuville, where GR56 reconnects with the 'Amel variant'. There's a very varied hike awaiting you here.
Distance 18.9 km
5:00 h
238 m
362 m
589 m
339 m

From the lively little town of St. Vith we begin by walking towards the wind turbines at Rodt, already visible at long range. When we get to the Tomberg in Rodt itself, a section of mixed woods with characteristic beech trees begins. Via paths some of which are quite small, we walk past places where the typical bluestone was painstakingly mined. In the village of Recht you can still find older houses in which these stones were used.

From Recht, a beautiful trail leads through the woods towards Stavelot and the Amel valley. At the Autobahn E42 we walk down into the extensive Amel valley. Shortly after the village of Pont, we leave the regular long-distance hiking trail GR56 and turn off towards Ligneuville, which lies on the 'Amel variant'. This very flat trail takes us straight to the 'trout farm capital', as Ligneuville is also fondly known.

Author’s recommendation

The leisure centre on the Tomberg and the slate mine in Recht are popular destinations for tours in the region.
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Update: January 06, 2022
Highest point
589 m
Lowest point
339 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Leisure Centre "Tomberg"
Restaurant Pip-Margraff
Hotel-Restaurant du Moulin
Hotel-Restaurant Zur Post
Restaurant Steineweiher
Café Ratskeller

Safety information

No special safety instructions. Dogs must be kept on a leash.

Tips and hints

East Belgium Tourist Agency 

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

Tel. +32 80 22 76 64




St.Vith - main street. GPS start coordinates 50.279861,6.126721 (477 m)
50.280507, 6.126073
50°16'49.8"N 6°07'33.9"E
32U 295250 5573770


Ligneuville church. GPS coordinates 50,375385.6,054325

Turn-by-turn directions

ST.VITH - Coming from the main street (the main shopping street in Sankt Vith), we start at the big roundabout formed by the main street, Aachener Straße, Rodter Straße and Malmedyerstraße. We choose the Malmedyerstraße and from here we follow the white-red hiking signs of the GR56 towards Malmedy and right. At the end of the cemetery wall at the end of the village we turn left into Hünningerweg.

The slowly ascending, narrow farm track leads us to the country road N675. We cross it here and turn right around a Toyota car dealership. Shortly afterwards, at the next junction, we take the right of the two narrow roads. This leads us now slightly downhill to the village Ober Emmels. Careful we are walking on side roads and/or farm tracks and we have to expect vehicle traffic again and again.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train: www.belgianrail.be 

By bus: www.infotec.be 

Getting there

Please use the route planner.


St.Vith, parking lot Rodterstraße near the football field.


50.280507, 6.126073
50°16'49.8"N 6°07'33.9"E
32U 295250 5573770
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

" On GR-Ways through East Belgium " - Free brochures > www.ostbelgien.eu

Author’s map recommendations

St.Vither Land & oberes Ameltal – Hiking map / IGN - 1:25.000 / www.ostbelgien.eu - Webshop


Hiking boots recommended.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Similar routes nearby

  • GR56 – Amel / Losheimergraben
  • GR56 – Burg-Reuland / St. Vith
  • GR56 – Schönberg / Burg-Reuland
  • GR56 – Ligneuville / Amel
  • GR56 – Büllingen - Schönberg
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18.9 km
5:00 h
238 m
362 m
Highest point
589 m
Lowest point
339 m
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