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High Fens Travel Guide

High Fens Travel Guide

The High Fens (Hautes Fagnes in French), located in the eastern parts of Belgium, are Belgium’s largest nature reserve. The park stretches between the cities of Eupen in the north, Monschau in the east, Spa in the west and Malmedy in the south. The High Fens consist mainly of raised bogs, and low, grass- or wood-covered hills, moorland and forest.

The highest point in Belgium

The highest point in Belgium is located in the High Fens at Signal de Botrange with 694 meters above sea level. It should be noted that we’re not standing on a mountain top, but on a plateau. The landscape was formed during the last ice-age about 10.000 years ago.

Weather and climate at the High Fens

Due to it’s location and altitude, the High Fens are known to have a slightly different climate then the rest of the country. In general, temperatures are always a few degrees lower and the area experiences more rainfall. During winter, the High Fens are most likely the first place in Belgium to catch snowfall.

Hiking at the High Fens

High Fens Hiking Trail

No matter what time of the year, the High Fens are a perfect destination for short walks or long hikes through a diverse landscape. The unique landscape changes with the seasons. Long winter walks are just as pleasurable as short summer hikes. Keep in mind that the area has a colder and wetter climate compared to the rest of Belgium. Once the sun sets, it can cool down fairly quick, which can be a serious issue during winter months. Be prepared and bring some extra (rain-) clothing.

For your safety and conservation of the delicate nature, please always stay on the assigned paths.
Due to fire hazards, access to certain parts of the area might be closed off. There is a general no-fire policy!

High Fens Hiking startpoints and destinations

Here are a few idea’s for your hiking destinations in the High Fens:

Signal de Botrange

Belgium’s highest point, located in the centre of the High Fens. It’s the perfect starting location for your hikes.


Hike around the caste in the beautiful scenery and search Belgium’s highest waterfall.

Bayehon Waterfall

This 8m high waterfall in Longfaye is well worth the hike.

Hoëgne valley

The valley of the Hoëgne between Solwaster and Hockai is the scenery of one of the most beautiful hikes in Belgium.

Lakes and dams

Being the highest point in Belgium, the High Fens act like a spongy roof, collection a large amount of water. Most of the water gets absorbed by the peat soil, before it gets released again, forming the source of several rivers in the area. Most of this water gets collected in 3 huge lakes with a damn to act as a water reservoir that’s responsible for a large part of the drinking water in the Liège Province.

High Fens tourist map

Where to stay at the High Fens

A large amount of accommodations in the area consist out of holiday homes and are located at the southern parts of the High Fens near Malmedy and Butgenbach. It’s possible to find a basic cottage or apartment for under 50€ per night. More luxurious or larger accommodations range up to 150€ per night and more.

Winter sports at the High Fens

Due to the relatively cold climate at the High-Fens compared to the rest of Belgium, this area has in winter the most chance of snowfall. Therefore it’s no surprise this area has several ski-centers where you can practice cross-country skiïng, alpine skiïng or some old fashioned sledging.

You can find a full list of all Ski-centres at the High Fens on this link: