The first day

The first day starts in Bocholtz (35 minutes by bus from Natuurvriendhuis Eikhold) and runs via the - just in Germany - village of Orsbach over the chalky plateau of the Schneeberg. This is a southern slope that with sunshine gives beautiful views as far as the Eifel and the Ardennes. The descent then begins via the Vaalser Quartier and the climb to the Vaalserberg starts. From the highest three-country point (once even a four-country point), the route continues on a path through woodland and a descent through meadows and along forest edges. Enjoying the landscape with unexpectedly beautiful views, you leave the Holsetterbos and then also the route. Via the pretty village of Oud Holset, you walk back to the bus stop in Lemiers which takes you back to Eikhold in 30 minutes.

The second day

On the second day, you will take the bus in the morning to Lemiers in 35 minutes and walk through Oud Holset into the Holsetterbos and continue the trail where you left it yesterday afternoon. Through the old Vijlenerbosch follows a stretch of ascending and descending forest paths. The forest has a very old and rich variety of biotopes. It is the only part of the Netherlands where mountains influence the climate and provide the first snow in winter.

Foto Yvette van Eekelen
Photo Yvette van Eekelen

You could continue to follow the forest area into the Eifel and Haute Fagnes, but on this trail you leave the forest at the small village of Rott to start the descent down a stony road to Wahlwiller. A nice resting point before the climb to the Eyserbos offers the little church along the way where you can enjoy unique stations, painted by Aad de Haas in a deeply humanistic handwriting. Via the southern slope above Wahlwiller, you then walk through vineyards and agricultural fields to the start of the Eyserbos. You pass the small hamlet of Piepert, where the peace never fades and where life has the atmosphere of a small farming mountain village. You climb through mountain meadows and emerge at the top of the Eyserbos. You then descend along a stony path to the bottom of Wittum, with Gulpenerberg on the other side of the road. At bus stop Oude Geul you take the bus back to Eikhold (in 35 minutes).

The first day

The first day starts in Bocholtz (35 minutes by bus from Natuurvriendhuis Eikhold) and runs via the - just in Germany - village of Orsbach over the chalky plateau of the Schneeberg. This is a southern slope that with sunshine gives beautiful views as far as the Eifel and the Ardennes. The descent then begins via the Vaalser Quartier and the climb to the Vaalserberg starts. From the highest three-country point (once even a four-country point), the route continues on a path through woodland and a descent through meadows and along forest edges. Enjoying the landscape with unexpectedly beautiful views, you leave the Holsetterbos and then also the route. Via the pretty village of Oud Holset, you walk back to the bus stop in Lemiers which takes you back to Eikhold in 30 minutes.

The second day

On the second day, you will take the bus in the morning to Lemiers in 35 minutes and walk through Oud Holset into the Holsetterbos and continue the trail where you left it yesterday afternoon. Through the old Vijlenerbosch follows a stretch of ascending and descending forest paths. The forest has a very old and rich variety of biotopes. It is the only part of the Netherlands where mountains influence the climate and provide the first snow in winter.

Foto Yvette van Eekelen
Photo Yvette van Eekelen

You could continue to follow the forest area into the Eifel and Haute Fagnes, but on this trail you leave the forest at the small village of Rott to start the descent down a stony road to Wahlwiller. A nice resting point before the climb to the Eyserbos offers the little church along the way where you can enjoy unique stations, painted by Aad de Haas in a deeply humanistic handwriting. Via the southern slope above Wahlwiller, you then walk through vineyards and agricultural fields to the start of the Eyserbos. You pass the small hamlet of Piepert, where the peace never fades and where life has the atmosphere of a small farming mountain village. You climb through mountain meadows and emerge at the top of the Eyserbos. You then descend along a stony path to the bottom of Wittum, with Gulpenerberg on the other side of the road. At bus stop Oude Geul you take the bus back to Eikhold (in 35 minutes).