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Discover the High Fens

Without any doubt, the High Fens are one of the most unspoilt landscapes in the region Eifel and Ardennes. They are one of Europe's last high moors and lie between the towns of Malmedy, Eupen, Spa and Monschau. This mysterious nature park, through which many watercourses run, is very suitable for hiking. Come and discover the most beautiful walks through the landscape of the High Fens.

Activities in the High Fens

There are still a few authentic wilderness areas in the High Fens. And they're right in the middle of the rectangle formed by the towns of Eupen, Monschau, Malmedy and Spa. In the core zone, the slate mountain ridge stretches skyward, reaching heights of up to 694 m. This is also where the highest point in the Benelux countries is. Some 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age, high moors formed on this barren ground which holds water so well.


Even today, they still characterise parts of the immense plateau of the Fens and exude a rare, primaeval flair. The plateau is framed by small fenland villages and towns with centuries of history. But to this very day, the remaining ancient wilderness areas of the moor are almost completely unadulterated, original and wild, and the traces of human settlement they bear are only minor. No wonder, in this primaeval landscape that seems almost surreal, it is vastness and barrenness that predominate.

Especially in winter, the Fens seem inaccessible and, in some unreal way, as if they have come from another age. And it's exactly that that increases their charm for hikers and nature-lovers, who like to feel as if they have been transported back into a dim and distant past for a while. The soil is low in nutrients, and the climate has features which are nothing short of arctic. Here, the clock seems to tick more slowly than elsewhere.

Growth proceeds at snail's pace – relax, travel on foot, take pleasure in the opportunity to unwind and the sublime views. These are all things that nature landscapes like the High Fens offer the visitor.

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Things worth knowing about the High Fens

One of Belgium's oldest nature reserves

Without any doubt, the High Fens are one of the most unspoilt landscapes in the Eifel and Ardennes. And yet they're right in the middle of the rectangle formed by the towns of Eupen, Monschau, Malmedy and Spa.

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Hiking in the High Fens

The most beautiful hiking routes in the Fens

Discover the most beautiful landscapes and panoramas of the region on these sign-posted hiking routes.

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Vennbahn 168 Draisinen Kalterherberg©vennbahn

Activities in the High Fens

Destinations for outings, cycling or skiing

The High Fens – more than just impressive natural landscapes and wonderful walks. Here you can discover more possibilities for active leisure and relaxation. 

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Accommodation in the High Fens

Comfortable overnight stays in a family atmosphere

The High Fens are among the most attractive holiday regions in Belgium. Throughout the conservation area there are lots of possibilities all the year round for booking accommodation with a congenial family atmosphere.

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Gastronomy in the High Fens

Discover the great range of gastronomic amenities in and around the High Fens

The High Fens are in a region where nature and enjoyment meet. The people are imbued with Belgian savoir-vivre. They know how to enjoy life. So it's no surprise that there's a big range of gastronomic amenities for visitors.
 

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