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MTB Bütgenbach - Über den schwarzen Hügel Bütgenbach - 25,6 km

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MTB Bütgenbach - Über den schwarzen Hügel

Mountain Bike · East Belgium
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A varied beginners' tour that should not be underestimated. You can expect climbs, flowing trails and 1-2 technical descents.
easy
Distance 25.6 km
2:35 h
350 m
359 m
620 m
501 m
You start out at the Marktplatz (market square) in Bütgenbach and head downwards to the Bütgenbach reservoir dam, before continuing to the villages Berg and Elsenborn. There, several trails lead you along the military training ground and to the forest “Nidrumer Heck”. You use further trails to reach a place named “Knochenmühle” and then pass the “Weywertzer Heck” to continue on forest paths until you get to the “Schwarzer Hügel” (black hill). The name of this hill is a reference to the dark storm clouds that gather in this area in summer to announce coming thunderstorms. Once on top of the hill, you keep taking small, slightly downhill trails and end up at the Wallbrücke. From this bridge, the tour leads you on a tough ascent to the Brückberg, followed by a short downhill ride. Just as you enjoy the descent, you already see the next steep slope up to the village Nidrum and the so-called “paradise”, where a critical section awaits you. If you aren’t trained in technical rides, you should dismount here and push your bike. Thereafter, you follow the Warche in the direction of “Am großen Feld” (at the large field) and finally ride back to Bütgenbach.

Author’s recommendation

These trails are most enjoyable in dry weather.

Those who want to extend the tour can easily combine it with the tour “Bütgenbacher Heck - Wald und Wiesen”.

In summer, you might want to enjoy a refreshing jump into the lake at Venntastic Beach.

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Author
Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien
Update: December 18, 2023
Difficulty
S1 easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
620 m
Lowest point
501 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 25.89%Dirt road 5.43%Forested/wild trail 48.07%Path 17.50%Road 2%Unknown 1.08%
Asphalt
6.6 km
Dirt road
1.4 km
Forested/wild trail
12.3 km
Path
4.5 km
Road
0.5 km
Unknown
0.3 km
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Rest stops

Hotel Bütgenbacher Hof
Hotel Du Lac
Sporthouse Worriken

Safety information

Relatively easy mountain bike ride. Good physical fitness required. After 21.8 km of your ride, you’ll encounter a technically difficult downhill section, where beginners should dismount and walk. 

During the hunting season, make sure to check for closed paths before setting off.

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

Marktplatz Bütgenbach (575 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.426961, 6.205718
DMS
50°25'37.1"N 6°12'20.6"E
UTM
32U 301535 5589835
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Destination

Marktplatz Bütgenbach

Turn-by-turn directions

You start out at the Marktplatz (market square) in Bütgenbach and head downwards to the Bütgenbach reservoir dam, before continuing to the villages Berg and Elsenborn. There, several trails lead you along the military training ground and to the forest “Nidrumer Heck”. You use further trails to reach a place named “Knochenmühle” and then pass the “Weywertzer Heck” to continue on forest paths until you get to the “Schwarzer Hügel” (black hill). The name of this hill is a reference to the dark storm clouds that gather in this area in summer to announce coming thunderstorms. Once on top of the hill, you keep taking small, slightly downhill trails and end up at the Wallbrücke. From this bridge, the tour leads you on a tough ascent to the Brückberg, followed by a short downhill ride. Just as you enjoy the descent, you already see the next steep slope up to the village Nidrum and the so-called “paradise”, where a critical section awaits you. If you aren’t trained in technical rides, you should dismount here and push your bike. Thereafter, you follow the Warche in the direction of “Am großen Feld” (at the large field) and finally ride back to Bütgenbach.

Directions

Coming from the north: N68 from Eupen to Mont Rigi, N676 to Sourbrodt and N647 to Bütgenbach via Elsenborn

Coming from the west: N62 from Malmedy to Baugnez, N632 to Bütgenbach via Waimes

Coming from Germany: A1 – N51 – N421 to Losheimergraben and N632 to Bütgenbach via Büllingen

Parking

Free at the Marktplatz (market square) in Bütgenbach

Coordinates

DD
50.426961, 6.205718
DMS
50°25'37.1"N 6°12'20.6"E
UTM
32U 301535 5589835
w3w 
///unreliable.forefathers.organism
Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Equipment

Make sure to always wear a helmet and check your bike before the tour.

As there are no water points along the tour, you should take enough water and a snack in your backpack.

Similar routes nearby

  • MTB Bütgenbacher Heck - Wald und Wiesen
  • MTB Neue Wolfsbuschrunde Montenau
  • The lake and castle tour
  • MTB – Quarries of the Warche
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Difficulty
S1 easy
Distance
25.6 km
Duration
2:35 h
Ascent
350 m
Descent
359 m
Highest point
620 m
Lowest point
501 m
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