The High Fens-Eifel Nature Park in eastern Belgium is doubtless one of the most beautiful regions in the country. At 72,000 hectares it is also one of the largest and most emblematic nature parks in Wallonia.
With its moorlands and peat bogs, forests and streams, man-made reservoirs, and picturesque villages, the High Fens-Eifel Nature Park offers an amazing palette of landscapes worthy of the most beautiful picture postcards less than an hour from Liège. The park is divided into different regions :
- The approaches to the fens or Avant-Pays Fagnard extend to the north-west. The forests, gently rolling hills, and vast meadows grazed by dairy cattle contribute to the incontestable charm of the hills that rise towards the Eifel.
- Once past this sloping land known as the déclivité fagnarde, you reach the High Fens Plateau. It is the highest part of Belgium, with high points culminating at 672 m (Baraque Michel) and 694 m (Botrange) above sea level. Here the forests give way to a vast open expanse, a land of peat bogs criss-crossed by moors that is unique in Europe. This vast open expanse is the largest nature preserve in Belgium.
- Then, to the south, rises the Upper Eifel, with its high wooded hills, man-made lakes, and picturesque Ur Valley.