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Epen en Bocholtz is a 12.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Epen, Limburg, Netherlands that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Distance: 12.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,459 feet Route Type: Point to Point



bird watching


partially paved


wild flowers


historic site

The country point: An exceptionally beautiful walk that leads through the southernmost hills of the Netherlands to the country point in Vaals. But before you get there, you walk from Epen through the valley of the Geul. It is at Cottessen that the 58 km long Maas River enters our country and winds its way through the South Limburg landscape in a beautiful way. The Geuldal, how could it be otherwise, is a protected area. In Cottessen, where you walk past an ugly campsite, there are very old farms and it is considered the most beautiful area of Limburg. Pass the Heimans quarry in Cottessen. There is slate here and the hard coal sandstone. It is the only place in the Netherlands where this hard carbon rock comes to the surface. Mr Heimans has discovered this on the basis of fossils and it is now a geological monument, where the KNMI has erected a seismograph underground because of the stable soil structure. Walk through the pond forest and the Mansbos towards Vaals and the corresponding mountain. Now it is not too bad with that mountain, because you slowly run into it through a back. If you are at the top you are at the highest point in the Netherlands (322.7 m) as well as at the three-country point between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The Duivelsberg near Nijmegen, with its 76m, cannot match that. The special feature of the three-country point is that it had not been so long ago that it was a four-country point, and that is an extremely rare matter. In the world there are apparently those points, but if you take the cards, it just doesn't match those points. However, in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Neutral-Moresnet had such a point. Moresnet came into existence when after the fall of Napoleon the Netherlands and Prussia could not agree on the borders. That of course had to do with raw materials. The zinc mine in Kelmis was the apple of contention. Eventually it was decided to create a kind of neutral area of 344ha under the motto "nobody's anything". Such an area is also called condominium. Not really a state, but an area where smugglers, gin distilleries and no conscription existed. The mayor of Kelmis was the head of state of the elongated cake point south of the Vaalserberg summit. Belgium took over the administration after 1830, but such a tax haven is never gone. It took until 1920 before Moresnet was dissolved. This to the great sorrow of the Esperantists, who had wanted to establish their seat here. There are also two new lookout towers at this point: the King Baudouin Tower and the Wilhelminators. You can use the lift or scrambling for a fee to enjoy the view even higher than 322mm. Anyway, at the four-country point, turn sharply to the left and walk through the German country. If you look through the trees, you will discover various bunkers from wartime. But the Landweer from the 14th century must also run somewhere here. The Snow Mountain (Schneeberg) was the viewpoint for the Germans to keep an eye on Limburg (Siegfried line). It is not the snow from which the mountain takes its name, but from the white ground color of the lime. Walk through the peaceful village of Orsbach (it does have one of the largest mink farms in Germany) and arrive in Bocholtz in Limburg. At the time actually within the Limburg patchwork Belgian territory, but the request to be incorporated into Belgium was not granted at the time. The 19th century church is, how could it be otherwise, from Pierre Cuypers.

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