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Pleasure tour 19 - 7,8 km

Walking · Raeren

A leisurely country outing between flowering hedgerows. The contrast to the woods in the nearby High Fens could hardly be greater.

We start off at the castle, which is well worth seeing and whose walls also house an unusual pottery collection. On this beautiful spring day, a hike through the country around Raeren sounds tempting. The village, its houses and farms lie scattered in the landscape, surrounded by meadows and connected up by charming trails and paths.

We follow the course of the Iterbach, which pours forth into the open landscape, patterned by hedgerows. On both sides of the trail there are broad meadows and fields. On the horizon you can make out copses, hedges and orchards. At the edge of the wood, the former Vennbahn runs past. You could tell where it was from a long way off in the old days by the dense black plume of smoke from its steam locomotives.

Water tanks, cables and locomotives provide clues to the strategic importance of this border station. Near the embankment, a trail runs across the country to Rott. We climb over the low parts of the fence and go from one meadow to the next, surrounded by a sea of flowers.

Hiking in the junction system:

Follow the hiking route nodes: 60 > 9 > 82 > 54 > 79 > 31 > 71 > 36 > 51 > 39 > 99 > 24 > 92 > 80 > 47 > 24 > 60

More information: https://www.ostbelgien.eu/en/walking/hiking-route-planer 

Hints

Raeren Castle - A pottery museum is now housed in the 14th century building.

Difficulty

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Distance 7.8 km
  • Duration 2:02 h.
  • Highest point 66 m
  • Lowest point 66 m
LoopFamily friendlyCultural/historical value

Geographical location

  • Country Belgium
  • Region Région Wallonne
  • Province Verviers
  • Municipality Raeren

Details

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Stamina
  • Experiential value
  • Landscape
  • Highest point 340 m
  • Lowest point 274 m
Recommended season
JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

Safety advice

A not overly difficult walk.

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash.

Recommended equipment

Refreshments available on the way. Raeren is definitely worth a visit in spring, when the meadows are full of flowers.

Further information and links

East Belgium Tourist Agency 

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

+32 80 22 76 64

www.ostbelgien.eu

info@ostbelgien.eu

Start of the tour

Pass alongside the castle, then turn right. GPS-Coordinates: 50.678917 - 6.120550 (274?hm)

Coordinates

  • DD 50.67888 , 6.120758

End of the tour

At the castle

Route

Hiking in the junction system:

Follow the hiking route nodes: 60 > 9 > 82 > 54 > 79 > 31 > 71 > 36 > 51 > 39 > 99 > 24 > 92 > 80 > 47 > 24 > 60

More information: https://www.ostbelgien.eu/en/walking/hiking-route-planer 

By public transport

By train: www.belgianrail.de

By bus: www.infotec.be

Please use the route planner.

Parking

At the top of the castle.

Arriving by train, car or bicycle

Follow the instructions!

Recommendations by the author

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Map recommended by the author

Eupener Land & Göhltal - hiking map / IGN - 1:25.000 www.ostbelgien.eu - Webshop