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Route of Commemoration

Long Distance Hiking · East Belgium
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The Route of Commemoration is a 96-km hiking loop that was opened in 2015. It passes many important battlefield and points of historical interest along the German-Belgian border, and joins up with other hiking trails in the municipalities of Büllingen, Bütgenbach und Waimes on the Belgian side of the border and Hellenthal and Monschau on the German side.
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Distance 96.2 km
29:18 h
1,447 m
1,447 m
695 m
400 m
Along the way, you will find a total of 30 information signs providing information in four languages about the war history of this area, like the Battle of the Bulge, smuggling, the Siegfried Line and many other topics. The picture that emerges is that for centuries, this region has been a flashpoint of history, and a place where borders have come and gone. And of course, it has also been the site of some of the bloodiest battles in the history of war. The boundary stones, bunkers and memorials all bear witness to this.

But this hike will also introduce you to the fascinating and varied landscape of the Eifel-Ardennes region. Although these border towns do belong to one country or the other, the hiker comes away from the Route of Commemoration having seen the close cultural connections and brotherhood that unites these people to this day.

Author’s recommendation

Obviously, for most hikers 96 km would be an ambitious effort for a single day. Officially, the loop is broken up into six stages. With a li­ttle planning, however, one can break it up into several day hikes of 10-25 km each. The whole loop is marked (look for the “dove of peace” icon), so it is easy to find your way back to it at any point.
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Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
Update: January 24, 2024
Difficulty
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Highest point
695 m
Lowest point
400 m
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Track types

Asphalt 21.43%Dirt road 33.39%Forested/wild trail 17.82%Path 26.44%Unknown 0.89%
Asphalt
20.6 km
Dirt road
32.1 km
Forested/wild trail
17.2 km
Path
25.5 km
Unknown
0.9 km
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Rest stops

Hotel-Restaurant des Bains and NUXE Wellness Spa
Restaurant Brüls

Safety information

There is some danger of slipping as you hike on the steeper passages along the lakeside.

Tips and hints

East Belgium Tourist Agency npo

Hauptstraße 54

4780 Sankt Vith

+32 80 22 76 64

info@ostbelgien.eu 

www.ostbelgien.eu 

BE 0715 454 578 - RJP/RPM Eupen

Start

Bütgenbach, Monschau or other village centres. (406 hm) (406 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.492054, 6.434426
DMS
50°29'31.4"N 6°26'03.9"E
UTM
32U 318027 5596486
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Destination

Bütgenbach, Monschau or other village centres.

Turn-by-turn directions

The loop takes hikers from Monschau via Küchelscheid, Botrange, Sourbrodt, Ovifat, Robertville, Bütgenbach, Krinkelt, Rocherath and Hellenthal, through the Eifel National Park via Höfen, and then back to Monschau. It can easily be broken up into six stages.

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train: www.belgiantrain.be  

By bus: www.letec.be  

Coordinates

DD
50.492054, 6.434426
DMS
50°29'31.4"N 6°26'03.9"E
UTM
32U 318027 5596486
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Author’s map recommendations

A hiking map on a scale of 1:40,000 with an altitude profile is available in four languages in the web shop on ostbelgien.eu and at the tourist information centres in the region at a price of €2.50.

Equipment

Sturdy footwear and normal hiking clothes should be entirely adequate.

Similar routes nearby

  • GR56 – Losheimergraben - Schönberg
  • GR 15 - Monschau / Eupen
  • GR56 – Büllingen - Schönberg
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
96.2 km
Duration
29:18 h
Ascent
1,447 m
Descent
1,447 m
Highest point
695 m
Lowest point
400 m
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