On the way to Lake Eupen, not so far from the city centre, we see landscapes resembling those from the far north of Canada.
As soon as you've turned your back on Eupen, you are surrounded by forest in its stunning autumn colours. The wide hiking trail runs along the Weser, which feeds Lake Eupen upstream. We pass through three different forests. Our way is flanked by beeches, oaks and firs, one forest after the other. At the dam, stairs lead to the "Weser Dam Visitor Centre", a restaurant with a spectacular panorama, providing a good excuse to linger and soak up the views.
The damming of the water has carved out many small bays and coves into the hilly shore at Hertogenwald forest. Yes, it actually feels reminiscent of lake landscapes in Canada. We leave the shore and walk towards a beech wood. Behind a curve, a house emerges which seems secluded and remote at the same time. Further down, the path is less slippery again and laid with pebbles. We return to Eupen, a town in the midst of precious unspoilt countryside.
The hike leads through the woods. A long hike that presents no significant difficulties, with well signposted paths.
Wear hiking boots, pack water and a light snack.
Tourist Agency Eastbelgium
+32 80 22 76 64
Please use the route planner.
Opposite Hotel Bosten, at the roundabout in the lower town.