It takes some time before we have left Eupen behind us. The Hill is with us every step of the way. We enter the Hertogenwald. A little stream bubbles, babbles and finds its way down the jagged rocks. The sound of splashing water is never far from you. We follow a broad forest track until we reach the Black Bridge (Schwarzen Brücke). Suddenly, our path is lined with tree roots and stones, and our forest track widens again. We cross a few more streams before we leave the forest; we have reached the Duke’s Hill (Herzogenhügel). A stream, the Spohrbach, flows into the Hill, and then we enter the plateau of the High Fens. It is hilly. The vegetation is almost all peat grass, with only the occasional tree. The path through the High Fen is not easy. At Pont Marie-Anne Libert we cross the Hill one last time and continue further across the plateau. Our path is now wide, straight and grassy. Soon, we reached the highest point in Belgium: the Signal de Botrange, at 694 m.
This stage is just under 23 km long, almost all of it woods until reaching the edge of the Fen. Although there are no very steep climbs on this stage, it is uphill essentially the whole way.
Rest stopsBotrange Nature Center
Safety informationSturdy footwear is a must, and be sure to take enough food and water!
Tips and hints
Tourist Agency of Eastbelgium
Tél. +32 80 22 76 64
Getting therePlease use the route planner.
ParkingEupen has 942 parking spaces close to the city centre.
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EquipmentHiking boots are recommended.
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