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700 m
494 m
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7,4
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29,44 km

218 maal bekeken, 10 maal gedownload

nabij Ruitzhof, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Deutschland)

This beautiful hike through the Hautes Fagnes/Hohes Venn nature reserve takes you from the Vennbahn station of Reichenstein to the highest point of Belgium (Botrange) and back. The hike is on trails, forest roads, and boardwalks. You will find something to eat at Botrange and the Maison du Parc Botrange (Centre Nature).
The hike starts at the parking of the Vennbahn station of Reichenstein, near the Reichenstein Abbey. You cross the cycling path and walk up into the woods past the border stones. About 600 m further you come to a rocky outcrop called Richelsley, with a large cross on top (Kreuz im Venn). A small cave with a Mary statue (Mariengrotte) can be found at the foot. From Richelsley you continue on quiet forest roads (largely paved) around the Pannensterzkopf hill. You descend towards the valley of the Hill/Helle river. Just before you descend you have a great view across the valley towards the Grande Fagne. Below, near the river, you find the Pouhon de Herzogenhügel, a source of ferruginous water. You cross the river and follow a small trail through the moors in the beautiful Helle valley, partly on boardwalks. At the Petit Bongard bush you turn right and follow a trail through the wood until you get to the edge of the Grande Fagne. A single path takes you straight through the moors. In the first section you pass a small lake, typical of the area. It’s called a pingo or palsa, a small lake created by the melting of a lens of ice. A bit further you pass the Geitzbusch, a forest with a lot of dead trees in the middle of the moors. You pass this forest and head for the next collection of dead trees, the Noir Flohay. From here the path turns left towards the boardwalk from Baraque Michel along the Helle. You follow the boardwalk upstream until you get to the Belgian-Prussian border stone. Here you turn left on another boardwalk along the Fagne Wallonne straight towards Botrange. Near Botrange there is a viewpoint across the moors. At Botrange, there is a restaurant, and a small hill with stone steps bridging the gap between 693 m altitude and 700 m (the Baltia tower). Parallel to the main road you walk to the nature center, where there is a small restaurant (‘Fagnetaria’) as well. You cross the road and walk northeast along the Fagne Wallonne and the woods. You turn right on a forest road until you get to the Sentier de la Roer, a small track through the woods taking you along one Roer branch to the other. You then cross the young river and walk on the other side of the Roer until you get to a forest road bridge across the river. A path takes you along the Bosfagne moor before you cross woods to the Nesselo moor and the Scheidbach. Just past this moor I went left through the Rurbusch, but found at the end that the track was off-limits to hikers. I replaced the track for this part with an alternative track, right and then left twice getting you to the same point (the waypoint marked Rurbusch). You follow the forest road, turn right until at the end you walk through grass on a minor path and another minor path through the woods until you get to the forest road. You follow the road until the turn-off taking you to the Schwarzsee, a small reservoir in the Schwarzbach valley. You then follow the valley on a forest road and then a track until you get to the German border. You cross the stream and the border and then walk up into the Ruitzhof enclave. This piece of land is completely surrounded by Belgian borders (part of it the Vennbahn), and consists of pasture with good views of the Eifel. You leave the enclave on the other side and walk back to the starting point.
  • Foto van Along the Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Along the Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Along the Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Along the Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Along the Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Along the Fagne Wallonne
A broad forest track takes you along the Fagne Wallonne and spruce forest. The Roer river has two sources in the Fagne Wallonne to your left.
  • Foto van Baltia Tower
  • Foto van Baltia Tower
  • Foto van Baltia Tower
  • Foto van Baltia Tower
  • Foto van Baltia Tower
  • Foto van Baltia Tower
Artificial hill named after a Belgian military officer. The steps take you up to 700 meters altitude.
  • Foto van Boardwalk and path along Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Boardwalk and path along Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Boardwalk and path along Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Boardwalk and path along Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Boardwalk and path along Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Boardwalk and path along Fagne Wallonne
A boardwalk and then an unpaved road takes you along the Fagne Wallonne towards the Botrange.
  • Foto van Boardwalk Helle valley
  • Foto van Boardwalk Helle valley
  • Foto van Boardwalk Helle valley
  • Foto van Boardwalk Helle valley
  • Foto van Boardwalk Helle valley
  • Foto van Boardwalk Helle valley
Beautiful board walk along the Helle (or Hill) river.
  • Foto van Border
  • Foto van Border
  • Foto van Border
  • Foto van Border
  • Foto van Border
Border between the German enclave Ruitzhof and Belgium
  • Foto van Border stone
  • Foto van Border stone
  • Foto van Border stone
  • Foto van Border stone
  • Foto van Border stone
  • Foto van Border stone
Border stone in the woods
  • Foto van Descent Hill valley
  • Foto van Descent Hill valley
  • Foto van Descent Hill valley
  • Foto van Descent Hill valley
  • Foto van Descent Hill valley
Here you descend towards the Hill/Helle valley with view to the Grande Fagne
  • Foto van Forest Road
  • Foto van Forest Road
  • Foto van Forest Road
  • Foto van Forest Road
  • Foto van Forest Road
Paved forest road between Sourbrodt and Kalterherberg
  • Foto van Geitzbusch
  • Foto van Geitzbusch
  • Foto van Geitzbusch
  • Foto van Geitzbusch
  • Foto van Geitzbusch
  • Foto van Geitzbusch
Forest with quite a few dead trees in the middle of the Grande Fagne
  • Foto van Hill crossing
  • Foto van Hill crossing
  • Foto van Hill crossing
  • Foto van Hill crossing
  • Foto van Hill crossing
  • Foto van Hill crossing
Crossing of the Hill river
  • Foto van Hill valley
  • Foto van Hill valley
  • Foto van Hill valley
  • Foto van Hill valley
  • Foto van Hill valley
  • Foto van Hill valley
Trail through the Hill valley
  • Foto van Kreuz im Venn / Richelsley
  • Foto van Kreuz im Venn / Richelsley
  • Foto van Kreuz im Venn / Richelsley
  • Foto van Kreuz im Venn / Richelsley
  • Foto van Kreuz im Venn / Richelsley
  • Foto van Kreuz im Venn / Richelsley
Big cross on top of the Richelsley rocks
  • Foto van Lookout point Botrange
  • Foto van Lookout point Botrange
  • Foto van Lookout point Botrange
  • Foto van Lookout point Botrange
  • Foto van Lookout point Botrange
  • Foto van Lookout point Botrange
Viewing platform on the edge of the Fagne Wallonne
  • Foto van Mariengrotte
  • Foto van Mariengrotte
  • Foto van Mariengrotte
  • Foto van Mariengrotte
  • Foto van Mariengrotte
Small 'cave' in the rocks with Mary statue
  • Foto van Minor path
  • Foto van Minor path
  • Foto van Minor path
  • Foto van Minor path
Minor path through grass and then woods.
  • Foto van Noir Flohay
  • Foto van Noir Flohay
  • Foto van Noir Flohay
  • Foto van Noir Flohay
  • Foto van Noir Flohay
  • Foto van Noir Flohay
Collection of dead trees in the middle of the moors. Peculiar sight
  • Foto van Path through Fagne des Deux Séries
  • Foto van Path through Fagne des Deux Séries
  • Foto van Path through Fagne des Deux Séries
  • Foto van Path through Fagne des Deux Séries
  • Foto van Path through Fagne des Deux Séries
  • Foto van Path through Fagne des Deux Séries
Straight trail through the Fagne des Deux Séries, part of the Grande Fagne
  • Foto van Petit Bongard
  • Foto van Petit Bongard
  • Foto van Petit Bongard
  • Foto van Petit Bongard
  • Foto van Petit Bongard
  • Foto van Petit Bongard
Bush at the edge of the moors
  • Foto van Pingo or Palsa
  • Foto van Pingo or Palsa
  • Foto van Pingo or Palsa
  • Foto van Pingo or Palsa
  • Foto van Pingo or Palsa
  • Foto van Pingo or Palsa
Little lake called a pingo or a palsa (I am not sure). Formed by a lens of ice pushing away the ground and then creating a lake after melting
  • Foto van Pouhon de Herzogenhügel
  • Foto van Pouhon de Herzogenhügel
  • Foto van Pouhon de Herzogenhügel
  • Foto van Pouhon de Herzogenhügel
  • Foto van Pouhon de Herzogenhügel
Source with water containing iron.
  • Foto van Prussian border stone
  • Foto van Prussian border stone
  • Foto van Prussian border stone
  • Foto van Prussian border stone
  • Foto van Prussian border stone
  • Foto van Prussian border stone
A border stone between Belgium and Prussia. The border ran from here along the Hill from Eupen to Baraque Michel.
  • Foto van Reichenstein Station
  • Foto van Reichenstein Station
  • Foto van Reichenstein Station
  • Foto van Reichenstein Station
  • Foto van Reichenstein Station
  • Foto van Reichenstein Station
Former station on the Vennbahn, now an access point to the new cycling path.
  • Foto van River crossing
  • Foto van River crossing
  • Foto van River crossing
  • Foto van River crossing
  • Foto van River crossing
  • Foto van River crossing
Here you walk through the Roer river (not too deep), and continue along the river to the bridge.
  • Foto van Ruitzhof
  • Foto van Ruitzhof
  • Foto van Ruitzhof
  • Foto van Ruitzhof
  • Foto van Ruitzhof
  • Foto van Ruitzhof
German enclave with farms, fields and beech trees. Good views of Kalterherberg and the Eifel.
  • Foto van Rurbusch
  • Foto van Rurbusch
  • Foto van Rurbusch
  • Foto van Rurbusch
  • Foto van Rurbusch
Forest near the Roer river.
  • Foto van Schwarzbach valley road
  • Foto van Schwarzbach valley road
  • Foto van Schwarzbach valley road
  • Foto van Schwarzbach valley road
  • Foto van Schwarzbach valley road
  • Foto van Schwarzbach valley road
Forest road through the Schwarzbach valley
  • Foto van Schwarzsee dam
  • Foto van Schwarzsee dam
  • Foto van Schwarzsee dam
  • Foto van Schwarzsee dam
  • Foto van Schwarzsee dam
Dam creating the Schwarzsee
  • Foto van Schwarzsee viewpoint
  • Foto van Schwarzsee viewpoint
  • Foto van Schwarzsee viewpoint
  • Foto van Schwarzsee viewpoint
  • Foto van Schwarzsee viewpoint
  • Foto van Schwarzsee viewpoint
Viewpoint across the Schwarzsee.
  • Foto van Sentier de la Roer
  • Foto van Sentier de la Roer
  • Foto van Sentier de la Roer
  • Foto van Sentier de la Roer
  • Foto van Sentier de la Roer
  • Foto van Sentier de la Roer
Here you enter a trail along the Roer river which is closed between 2 hours before sunset to 2 hours after sunrise to protect red deer.
  • Foto van Signal de Botrange
  • Foto van Signal de Botrange
  • Foto van Signal de Botrange
Highest point of Belgium with a restaurant, large parking, telecommunication tower and the small Baltia tower which brings you up to 700 m
  • Foto van Stellerholz forest road
  • Foto van Stellerholz forest road
  • Foto van Stellerholz forest road
  • Foto van Stellerholz forest road
  • Foto van Stellerholz forest road
  • Foto van Stellerholz forest road
Paved forest road
  • Foto van Trail along the Schwarzbach
  • Foto van Trail along the Schwarzbach
  • Foto van Trail along the Schwarzbach
  • Foto van Trail along the Schwarzbach
  • Foto van Trail along the Schwarzbach
  • Foto van Trail along the Schwarzbach
Trail along the Schwarzbach valley
  • Foto van Unpaved forest road
  • Foto van Unpaved forest road
  • Foto van Unpaved forest road
  • Foto van Unpaved forest road
Unpaved forest road taking you to the Sentier de la Roer
  • Foto van Zwischen dem Busch - Nesselo
  • Foto van Zwischen dem Busch - Nesselo
  • Foto van Zwischen dem Busch - Nesselo
  • Foto van Zwischen dem Busch - Nesselo
Between two forests is a small moor called Nesselo

2 commentaren

  • Foto van elce2106

    elce2106 11-jan-2019

    Tjaart, wat een mooie omgeving om te wandelen. Bij mij ook goed bekend. Sfeervolle weergave van de tocht door de vele foto’s. Je geeft een moeilijkheidsgraad van matig op, ik denk dat voor de meeste mensen ‘t een echte uitdaging is, om deze tocht na te lopen, gezien de lengte en het hoogteverschil.

  • Foto van Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp 11-jan-2019

    Bedankt Elce voor je review en beschouwing. Mooi dat het goed bevallen is. Ik heb matig aangegeven omdat het niet te steil is, maar de kwalificatie is subjectief. Het is natuurlijk wel langer en op sommige plekken wat modderig.