Grenzwandern

Cross-border tours

Nature and culture right on the doorstep in the border area between Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. You've never experienced the region like this before: the cross-border routes offer a network of hiking trails which combines landscape attractions with cultural and historical sights.

 

Cross-border routes in East Belgium


Experience the landscape, the culture and the history of this region where the borders of three countries converge. Through the expansive hedgerow landscape of East Belgium, along rows of gnarled beech trees on the historical landgraben, a former military trench, or through the charming Göhl valley – you can surpass yourself here!

 


Nature and culture in the border area between Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. You've never experienced a region like this before: the cross-border routes offer a network of hiking trails which combines landscape attractions with cultural and historical sights.

Marked by international signposting, these trails go through quiet woods, green meadowland and river valleys. They pass by Burgundy stones, the Siegfried Line, the landgraben ….

Clear information boards take you on a journey into the turbulent past of these historical places.

Info: www.grenzrouten.eu

 


Memorial route – a circular tour of historical battlegrounds

The idea for this memorial route was born in 2007 at one of the annual friendship meetings between the municipalities of Monschau and Bütgenbach. It quickly became clear that the route would have to be extended to include the neighbouring municipalities of Weismes, Büllingen and Hellenthal in order to do proper justice to the history of the Battle of the Bulge in our region.

The circular route runs via existing hiking trails to the major battlegrounds of the northern Eifel. A total of 30 text boards in four languages give an explanation of what happened in historical terms. The routes and the historically relevant events were selected in collaboration with historical experts from the various communities.

Brief description:

Length of the circular route:   94 km
Signposting:    in both directions
Number of boards: 30
Languages: German – French – Dutch – English
Maps: Monolingual hiking maps in German – French – Dutch – English for a nominal

charge of €2.50, available in our web shop and all tourist information centres


>> hiking map (€2.50) available in the web shop

 


The Göhl valley route from the source to the Maas

A wondrous, mysterious stream flows in this beautiful valley. Its turbulent waves tell the story of the Three Borders. Today, it is known as 'the Göhl'. A long time ago, it was called Gulia. Gulia the narrow, Gulia the deep …

On the edge of Aachen Forest, between Köpfchen and Lichtenbusch, at the border between Germany and Belgium, you find the source of the Göhl. Soon, lots of small watercourses converge to form the fast-flowing Göhl, which meanders some 56 km through the Land of Three Borders and the Pays de Herve (Land of Herve). You can walk through the Göhl valley from the source to the Maas, familiarising yourself with a border region which offers rich history, culture and diversity.

The Göhl valley route - the Via Gulia from the source to the Maas has a length of about 53 km and can be walked in stages. You can of course just explore a section of it, or GR 563 'Pays de Herve', following the GrenzRouten and the Krijtlandpad. The tourist information offices of the Land of Three Borders, Pays de Herve and Zuid-Limburg will be glad to assist.

>> Hiking maps in the web shop

 

 


Video 'Hiking in East Belgium'