Discoveries, attractions and things worth seeing

Hilly landscapes with panoramic views, impressive river valleys, wild ravines, well prepared hiking, cycling and MTB trails to suit all tastes. The holiday region of East Belgium offers a wide range of possibilities for discoverers, adventurers and those who are just looking for some recreation.

East Belgium can go one better: anyone who has already visited this 'vibrant garden of Europe' knows that a holiday in East Belgium has lots of wonderful discoveries, attractions and sights in store. The range of destinations and unusual experiences is very wide.

Particularly in summertime, sport and leisure activities are popular with holiday guests. The two big reservoirs at Bütgenbach and Robertville and the region's outdoor and indoor swimming pools offer great amenities for relaxation, refreshment and activity. In times of bad weather, there are lots of indoor sports to choose from. Anyone who prefers more extreme amusements can choose from unusual sports with a high fun factor such as e-scooting, Railbike and paintball.

In the museums and other facilities of the nature park, visitors can learn a good deal about the nature of the country and its people, and about its history, industry and craft. Castles and fortresses invite you to come and visit. The places of pilgrimage, chapels and churches, monuments, memorials and museums which remind us of the military history have some impressing experiences in store.

Anyone wishing to discover the unique landscape, hospitality and originality of East Belgium and the Eifel-Ardennes region in an authentic, informative and entertaining way can do so in comfort by car or motorcycle. The tour offer takes those who are interested to several attractions and provides them with the necessary information. The motoring routes, listening tours, historical and urban tours and educational nature trails offer a wide range of possibilities.

East Belgiums people stand out by their conviviality, their hospitality and their awareness of tradition. The last of these can particularly be seen on traditional feast days such as carnival, fairs (kermis) and at the Christmas markets of the region. They are also proud of the products which are made in the region. Beer, spirits, chocolate and pralines, but also natural products such as trout, Ardennes ham and honey from numerous production sites, all 'made in East Belgium' with a very special diligence and pride.

Bracht Motorradfahrer 05(c)eastbelgium
Bracht Motorradfahrer 05(c)eastbelgium

Recommended tours

Nature, culture and enjoyment

East Belgium has a lot to offer. As well as a landscape which is perceived as beautiful for the very reason of its having such an unspoiled character, you will also experience the raw charm of the local inhabitants as something special. Following the autoroute, you can discover the country, its people and its attractions in comfort and without having to worry about the weather. Combined with the listening tours, you can learn interesting facts whenever you like, at your own pace and in accordance with your own interests.
 

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Malmedy Kathedral 06(c)eastbelgium

Art and culture

A rich museum landscape and a wide range of cultural amenities

Between the northern border triangle near Kelmis and the southern one near Ouren, there's a little piece of Europe waiting to be discovered along the former borders: mediaeval castles and manor houses, small chapels and churches, and old farms and estates. With festivals, open-air music and theatre, or in one of the well equipped concert halls, supply meets demand.

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Buetgenbach Joggen Stausee 05(c)eastbelgium

Sports and leisure

Countless leisure activities ensure fun and entertainment in East Belgium

There are plenty of options to organise your holidays in East Belgium. Bike & skate parks, fishing, riding, golf and fun sport – these are the things you can experience here in summertime. Bathing lakes and outdoor swimming pools give you the chance to cool down. In winter, visitors are attracted by the pistes and cross-country skiing trails. As for those who wish to explore the attractions and destinations in the Eifel-Ardennes region by car or motorcycle, we recommend them to follow the motoring routes through East Belgium. 

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Buetgenbach Wandern Stausee 17(c)eastbelgium

Holidays with children

No risk of getting bored on these family holidays

Beavers in the river valley, animal tracks on the forest floor, a fallen tree trunk – on a short holiday with children, nature becomes a playground. Hiking and cycling become experiences. And there are lots of child-friendly attractions for family excursions too, such as sports grounds and playgrounds, swimming pools and bathing lakes, fortresses and castles, climbing gardens and educational trails. 

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Kelmis Narzissenwanderung 02(c)Robert Schmetz
Kelmis Narzissenwanderung 02(c)Robert Schmetz

Typical East Belgium

Discover the characteristics of the region yourself

Exuberant carnival celebrations, contemplative Christmas markets, the roar of the stags in the rutting season – all characteristics of a region that speaks many languages. East Belgium is marked by the beauty of its landscapes and its closeness to nature and over the centuries, quite unique customs and traditions have developed here. It's well worthwhile for holidaymakers to come and experience these right close up. 

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Made in Ostbelgien 02(c)D Ketz eastbelgium

Regional products

'Made in East Belgium' stands for quality and enjoyment

East Belgium has many fascinating aspects. A wonderful landscape, quality-oriented small and medium-sized companies, and a high living standard are just as much a part of this as a distinct pleasure in enjoyment. Products from East Belgium reflect on the outstanding quality of the region, the culture of its people, and their skill as craftsmen. 'Made in East Belgium' stands for high quality products which find their way to the consumer by short routes.

 

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