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The holiday region of East Belgium is in a 'green belt' on the outskirts of the Eifel and Ardennes. With its varied landscapes, its well signposted cycling and hiking trails and its excellent gastronomic amenities, this holiday region is especially popular with discoverers and gourmets.

Discover special places – a foray through villages and towns

The holiday region of East Belgium is in a 'green belt' on the outskirts of the Eifel and the Ardennes. With its varied landscapes, its well signposted cycling and hiking trails and its excellent gastronomic amenities, this holiday region is particularly popular with discoverers and gourmets.

The holiday region of East Belgium comprises eleven municipalities, some of which belong to the Walloon administration of Belgium, and some to the German administration. The extreme north, with the point at which the borders of three countries – Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands – converge, is just under 100 km from the southernmost point at the borders to Germany and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. With an area of 1036 km², East Belgium seems surprisingly large from a cultural, linguistic and culinary point of view.

The best known tourist destination is the High Fens, where a slate mountain ridge stretches skyward, reaching a height of 694 m. Not just because of its geological elevation, this conservation area constitutes a bridge between north and south. But many of the small towns and villages have also retained their character to a greater extent, and have an incredible range of local cultural events and attractions to offer.

On a foray through East Belgium, it becomes clear how charming and inviting the villages and towns are. There's a great range of new experiences that opens up to the visitor if he or she is open to them. Whether it's history or culture, nature or architecture, half-timbered houses or bluestone, meadows or woodland, fortress or manor house, church or chapel, railway or leisurely cycle touring path, each of these places has its historical, scenic, cultural and social peculiarities.

In the more recent past, many of these places have worked hard to give themselves a level of quality all their own: they reinforce their singularity, their own special character with a range of regional specialities that includes organic bread and Ardennes ham, spirits and beer, and organic food such as cheese and other high-quality dairy products. The whole of this range 'made in East Belgium' demonstrates the entrepreneurial elan and the wealth of culinary ideas in East Belgium on the one hand, and the high-quality gastronomy on location with its very own East Belgian 'fragrance' on the other.

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Hohes Venn 16(c)eastbelgium

High Fens

For hikers and nature-lovers

Without any doubt, the High Fens are among the most unspoiled landscapes in the Eifel and Ardennes region. They are one of Europe's last moors, lying between the towns of Malmedy, Eupen, Spa and Monschau. With all its watercourses, this nature park is very suitable for hiking. You can find the most beautiful walks through the landscape of the High Fens here.

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Eupen Panorama Moorenhoehe 03(c)eastbelgium

Municipalities & tourist info

It's the location that counts

East Belgium is a holiday region which sets great store by nature and linguistic diversity. Within Belgium, the population sees itself as a link between the German and French linguistic and cultural areas. The 'natural experience region of East Belgium' comprises nine German-speaking municipalities and the neighbouring French-speaking municipalities of Waimes and Malmedy. 

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