Border routes - On the tracks of a political art product

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“Border routes - On the trail of a political artefact”

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Neutral Moresnet was the fourth state in the border region for more than a hundred years.

easy
18.4 km
4:15 h
248 m
248 m

Kelmis, Moresnet, Dreiländerpunkt (the border triangle), Preuswald and Hergenrath - these coordinates trace the course of the hiking route, which more or less circles the area of the former mini-state of Neutral Moresnet. The second theme of the route is religion: The route follows a long section of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela, which leads through Preuswald Forest and is also the historic processional route between Aachen and Moresnet. While the trails in the northern part of the route run mainly through wooded areas, the paths in the southern part more often cross open meadows and skirt the built-up areas of towns and villages.

Author’s recommendation

"VIEILLE MONTAGNE" MUSEUM IN KELMIS

The museum subtly illustrates the political and historical peculiarities of the "neutral territory of Moresnet", the history of the zinc industry and the "Vieille Montagne". It also has an extensive collection of minerals from the surrounding area. Photographs are on display to show the characteristic and rare flora of a zinc-bearing soil. Details of the utopian transformation of the neutral territory into an Esperanto-speaking state and regional folklore are also presented.

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Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
Updated: December 03, 2019
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
334 m
Lowest point
163 m
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Safety information

18.4 km. Long hike along roads and paths, not difficult.

Tips, hints and links

Tourist Agency Eastbelgium

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

+32 80 22 76 64

www.ostbelgien.eu

info@ostbelgien.eu

Start

Kelmis, Altenberger Straße / Emmaburgweg (182 hm) (182 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.709767, 6.012915
DMS
50°42'35.2"N 6°00'46.5"E
UTM
32U 289111 5621807
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Destination

Kelmis, Altenberger Straße / Emmaburgweg (182 hm)

Turn-by-turn directions

Border Routes – Route 2

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.

Coordinates

DD
50.709767, 6.012915
DMS
50°42'35.2"N 6°00'46.5"E
UTM
32U 289111 5621807
w3w 
///mini.rider.strongly
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Author’s map recommendations

Equipment

Hiking boots recommended.

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  • Border routes – From the foot of the Eifel to the Mergelland
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
18.4 km
Duration
4:15h
Ascent
248 m
Descent
248 m
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