Active relaxation is beneficial.

Hotel Bütgenbacher Hof is situated in the heart of the Ardennes, where nature beckons visitors to explore its fascinating beauty. The High Fens – Europe's largest upland moor – provide impressive nature adventures, as do dense forests, rolling meadows and open fields. Just a stone's throw away, Lake Bütgenbach is very popular with tourists, not least because of all the types of water sport that can be practised there.


Experience nature.

East Belgium is a paradise for those who love hiking and walking! How about starting with the 10.2 km loop around Lake Bütgenbach? You can easily plan many more tours with the "Nodemapp Hike" app. The region around our hotel has a total route network of more than 1,350 km. In summer 2019, junctions and signposting were also installed throughout the area so that visitors can enjoy the best hiking comfort.


Spend your holiday in the saddle.

Various cycle routes are just waiting to be discovered. If you wish to take things a little gentler you can follow the RaVeL routes – disused railway tracks that have been specially converted for cyclists and walkers. By the way, Bütgenbach is situated on the former “Vennbahn” – the disused railway line running between Aachen in Germany and Troisvierges in Luxembourg. If you're looking for a bit of adventure, you might prefer to ride your mountain bike through the surrounding fields and forests. The "Nodemapp Bike" app helps you to plan your journey.

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Our 6 most beautiful excursion recommendations

The lake of Bütgenbach - Hotel

The lake of Bütgenbach

The lake, which covers 120 hectares and was created by the dam, has its charm at any time of year. Just enjoy the view of the lake from the peaceful shore or explore it from all angles. The circular trail leads along 10.2 kilometres of paths close to the shore around the lake and is accessible by foot or bike.
In summer, the VENNtastic Beach opens with a sandy beach, beach volleyball court and pedal boat/kayak/stand-up paddle hire.

The High Fens - Hotel

The High Fens

The extensive plateau of the High Fens, which covers an area of 5,000 hectares, is unique in Europe. This upland moor has been a protected nature reserve since 1957, making it the oldest protected natural area in Wallonia region. It is famous far beyond the national boundaries and known as the jewel of the High Fens–Eifel Nature Park straddling the Belgian-German border.

Reinhardstein Castle - Hotel

Reinhardstein Castle

Reinhardstein Castle is situated in the valley of the Warche near Robertville. Having fallen into decay after 1812, it was rebuilt stone by stone in 1970 and now offers guided tours at weekends, on public holidays, in the school holidays and every Wednesday.

Reinhardstein Castle is 14 km (20 minutes' drive) from the hotel.

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Slate Mine & "Bluestone" museum

Slate Mine & "Bluestone" museum

From the 18th century to the early 20th century, the village of Recht was a centre of bluestone mining. Today, the 8-km bluestone hiking trail is reminiscent of the one-time significance of this blue-grey shale. Although the route is shorter in the visitors’ mine itself, a very special experience awaits you. Make your way underground while wearing helmets. The 800-m round trip through galleries and mining halls conveys an image of the hard and dangerous life of the miners in their day-to-day work.

A great experience also for children and in bad weather!

The mine is 20 km (25 minutes drive) from the hotel.

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Heppenbach nature and art adventure trail

Heppenbach nature and art adventure trail

The nature and art adventure trail in Heppenbach is where the entire family can experience nature with all their senses. The educational trail shows the beauty and diversity of the forest, highlighting why it needs our protection. The walk is 2.6 km in length and therefore suitable for all the family.

Heppenbach is 10 km (15 minutes drive) from the hotel.

Visit Monschau - Hotel

Visit Monschau

Monschau is a small German town just over the border from Belgium. It is well-known for the hustle and bustle within the old walls of this medieval town with its idyllic half-timbered houses and narrow cobbled streets.

The town of Monschau is 25 km (25 minutes' drive) from the hotel. Monschau is also easily accessible by bike via the Ravel cycle path. 

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