This short stage on the hiking trail GR56 takes you via the 'Warche variant'. From Malmedy, the well made trail proceeds constantly upstream.
Through the archway next to the Taverne St. Pierre on the Place Albert 1er in Malmedy, this tour starts in a fairly spectacular way. It goes up on to the Kalvarienberg, with the climb demanding quite a bit of effort from your legs. Compensation comes in the form of an outstanding view out over the town.
Then on via Chaudes, down into the Warche valley. With this view over the beautiful Warche valley you follow a small hiking trail which winds its way along, sometimes up and sometimes downhill. Some fitness is called for here too. The only constant is the Warche itself, always in view.
After that, you come to the rock formation 'Nez de Napoléon' (Napoleon's Nose), and a little later the majestic Burg Reinhardstein comes into view. N.B.: If you want to visit the castle you need to follow the trail further into the valley, as otherwise you remain on the 'Warche variant', which takes you to the hikers' car-park by the dam wall of the lake at Robertville.
Burg Reinhardstein – guided tours possible at weekends and on public holidays. There is also a small restaurant with regional products and tasty beer.
Rest StopHotel-Restaurant Albert 1er
Hotel-Restaurant L'Esprit Sain
Hotel Restaurant Albert 1er
Restaurant La Chaumière du Lac
No special safety instructions. Dogs must be kept on a leash.
Tips, hints and links
East Belgium Tourist Agency
Tel. +32 80 22 76 64
Please use the route planner.
Malmedy - Place Albert Premier, Robertville - Dam
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