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Kids on Tour - Into the moorland on boardwalks

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Kids on Tour - Into the moorland on boardwalks

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    Kids on Tour - Hohes Venn
    Photo: Benno Hermes, CC BY-SA, East Belgium Tourist Agency

A colourful wetland adventure

easy
Distance 6 km
1:35 h
68 m
67 m
677 m
611 m

A lot of the High Fens is marshy moorland, impossible to visit. Except you can: on boardwalks, which will keep your feet dry as you walk out over the wettest parts. In spring, the cotton grass – like tiny clouds on a stick – nod gently in the wind. Here and there, the bare skeletons of old spruce trees rise up out of the landscape. The trees fell victim to a fire in 2011 and have haunted the landscape ever since – a sight to guarantee goose bumps, especially in foggy weather! The water in most of the ponds is blackened by the peaty soil, but on sunny autumn days, the fen grass glows a reddish-orange, creating an unforgettable colour scheme, rich in contrasts.

After about a third of the way you will pass a cross. This is the Cross of the Betrothed, commemorating a tragic tale of young couple who became lost in a snowstorm in 1871. You can read the full story on the nearby information panel – a warning that you have to take care in the High Fens. Close to the cross is a boundary stone that once marked the border between Belgium and Prussia. The lettering on the sides tells you in which part you are standing. The path winds on past birch trees, heather and ferns, and small streams emerge from the scrub from time to time, gurgling quietly.

Author’s recommendation

More information under: www.ostbelgien.eu/en/walking/walking-with-kids 

The brochure is only available in German, French and Dutch.

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Author
Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
Update: August 03, 2023
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
677 m
Lowest point
611 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 8.43%Dirt road 15.72%Forested/wild trail 52.21%Path 23.63%
Asphalt
0.5 km
Dirt road
0.9 km
Forested/wild trail
3.1 km
Path
1.4 km
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Safety information

Not suited for prams.

Dogs must be on a leash in the nature reserve

Tips and hints

East Belgium Tourist Agency

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

Tel. +32 80 22 76 64

info@ostbelgien.eu 

www.ostbelgien.eu   

Start

N68 Eupen > Malmedy | Parking Baraque Michel GPS: 50.518924, 6.063373 (669 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.518897, 6.063111
DMS
50°31'08.0"N 6°03'47.2"E
UTM
32U 291813 5600446
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Destination

N68 Eupen > Malmedy | Parking Baraque Michel GPS: 50.518924, 6.063373

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train: www.belgiantrain.be   

By bus: www.letec.be  

Parking

Parking Baraque Michel

Coordinates

DD
50.518897, 6.063111
DMS
50°31'08.0"N 6°03'47.2"E
UTM
32U 291813 5600446
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Equipment

Make sure to wear hiking shoes and clothes according to the weather. 

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6 km
Duration
1:35 h
Ascent
68 m
Descent
67 m
Highest point
677 m
Lowest point
611 m
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