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“Memorial Loop”

Long Distance Hiking · Ostbelgien
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  • Weg des Gendenkens Beschilderung
    / Weg des Gendenkens Beschilderung
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  • / Büllingen Pfarrkirche
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Bütgenbach Brücke
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  • / See Bütgenbach
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  • / Hohes Venn
    Photo: Hike & Trekking Magazine - Lex van den Bosch, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Staumauer am See von Bütgenbach
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Warchetal
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  • / See Robertville
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Haelen Brücke Robertville
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / See von Robertville
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  • / Schildtafel Baltia Hügel
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Baltia Hügel
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Hohes Venn
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Kreuz im Venn
    Photo: Heike Becker, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Signal de Botrange
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Bayehon Wasserfall
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Burg Reinhardstein
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Rocherath amerikanisches Kriegerdenkmal
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  • / Rocherath Hasselpath
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  • / Pfarrkirche Rocherath
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Stadtansicht Monschau Fachwerkhäuser
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Reichensteiner Viadukt
    Photo: D. Ketz, CC BY, East Belgium Tourist Agency
  • / Wirtzfeld Landschaftsrahmen
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  • / Luftansicht Wirtzfeld
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The Memorial Loop 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.

difficult
96.2 km
29:18 h
1447 m
1447 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, Schmuggel, 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 Memorial Loop 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

Updated: December 20, 2019

Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
695 m
Lowest point
400 m
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Rest Stop

Hotel Restaurant La Chaumière du Lac
Hotel-Restaurant Vier Jahreszeiten
Hotel-Restaurant Bütgenbacher Hof
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.

Equipment

Sturdy footwear and normal hiking clothes should be entirely adequate.

Tips, hints and links

A visit to the Natural History Museum at the Botrange Nature Park Centre or the castle at Robertville is well worth it.

Tourist Agency Eastbelgium

Hauptstraße 54

4780 St.Vith

+32 80 22 76 64

www.ostbelgien.eu

info@ostbelgien.eu

Start

Bütgenbach, Monschau or other village centres. (406 hm) (406 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.492054, 6.434426
UTM
32U 318027 5596486

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.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Can be reached by train and bus.

By train to Eupen, and from there the bus to Monschau and Kalterherberg.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

A 1:40,000-scale hiking map with elevations, printed in four languages, is available from the East Belgium Tourist Office webshop or from the regional tourist information offices for a price of €2.50.

https://www.ostbelgien.eu/de/shop/karten

Similar routes nearby

  • GR56 – Losheimergraben - Schönberg
  • GR56 – Bütgenbach - Losheimergraben
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
96.2 km
Duration
29:18h
Ascent
1447 m
Descent
1447 m
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