Passing enclosed pastures and meadows, the trail is also a journey through time to the former zinc spar mine in Kelmis.
Between pastureland and farmland our gaze turns to the ridges, most of which are densely forested. Cattle graze on the meadows in the valleys. Here we come to Lontzen brook, which we follow into Kelmis forest. At the "Casinoweiher" pond, we follow the course of the river Geul for a while.
The fact that it flows through one of the largest zinc and lead deposits in Europe was a disaster for the Geul. During the industrial revolution in the 19th century, mineral resources were largely extracted without any regard for fauna and flora. Today, the abandoned mining area has been completely redeveloped and returned to nature.
On various hiking trails you can explore this recognised nature reserve where information boards explain the importance of the former calamine mining industry to Kelmis and the surrounding area. Afterwards we ascend to Eyneburg Castle and then we enter a real picture-book forest. We reach Lontzen at dusk.
Yellow calamine violets, an extremely rare species from the violet genus grow here between April and September.
Pass unhindered through woods and meadows.
Proper hiking boots. Stop for a bite to eat in Kelmis.
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Level with the Casinoweiher pond or in the centre of Lontzen.