Belgium High Fens (Hoge Venen)

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Gert Lucas

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The High Fins are an exceptional natural reserve in Belgium and deserve to be treated as such.

About this spot
The plateau of the High Fens is one of the last pieces of wilderness in our region. It is located in and around the Eupen-Monschau-Malmedy-Spa quadrangle. The core of the area is a ridge of old slate, with peaks up to 694 meters above sea level, the highest part of the entire Benelux. 10,000 years ago - after the last ice age - the first raised bogs formed on the poor, poorly permeable soil.

On the flanks of the high plateau are villages and small towns, but the core of the area, the size of half a province, is quite unspoilt, with no habitation or traces of agriculture. In the desolate primeval landscape on top of the plateau, the vastness and the raw emptiness predominate, especially in winter. A rough environment, but a dream for real hikers and nature lovers!

The soil here is extremely nutrient-poor, the climate downright arctic. Everything here grows very slowly. That could hardly be otherwise in an area where winter lasts 8 months and where only 4 months have been reserved for spring, summer and autumn together ...

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