Just a short drive from urban centres as Brussels, Maastricht and Aachen lies on one of the most beautiful spots of nature in this little corner of Europe: the Hautes Farnes or Hoge Venen (High Fens). Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a bit and wonder at the moorlands and take beautiful pictures while you’re at it.
At the Belgian-German border lies a lovely nature reserve: the Hautes Farnes, where you’ll find moorland, bogs, woods, and lakes. It’s a great place to escape city life and go for a hike. Bring your camera, because there’s lots to see!
One of the most interesting things about the moorland is how it manages to be tinderstick dry and dripping wet at the same time. You might be standing in puddles to your ankles, but still be afraid you’ll set the whole area on fire, because everything above ankle level is so dry. In fact, when the red flags are out, large areas of the reserve are closed to the public because of the fire hazard.
But no worries, outside of the protected areas there’s still loads to be seen. Notice the funny way the grass grows looking like a character out of the Addams Family.
You can’t camp on the moors because it’s too vulnerable (we want people visiting it after us to be able to enjoy it as well), but in the hills and woods around it there’s excellent camping to be done.
There is nothing quite like waking up next to a little stream, seeing the early morning sunlight through the trees.
All in all, it’s a great escape from everyday life to go hiking in the Hat Fagnes. There are hundreds of hiking tracks so there’s always one that is the right length for you. Bring some friends and a camera, and have fun.