Stage 30. Butgenbach (BE) to Hellental (DE)

Stage 30. Butgenbach (BE) to Hellental (DE)

Bütgenbach (Province Liège) is located in the German-speaking eastern part of Belgium and has more than 5,500 inhabitants. In 1795 Bütgenbach was annexed by the French and in 1815 it became Prussian. In 1920, Bütgenbach was given to Belgium in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles. In 1932 a dam was built in the river Warche and Lake Bütgenbach was created. In the winter of 1944, General Eisenhower was stationed here for a few days during the Battle of the Bulge.

Hellenthal has 8000 inhabitants and the mostsouthern municipalty of Nordrhein-Westfalen and consists of 60 villages. Hellenthal is located on the edge of the Eifel National Park and the Oleftalsperre is one of the largest reservoirs in Germany. The reservoir contains about twenty million cubic meters of water and is fed by the river Olef, a tributary of the Urft that flows through both Belgian and German territory. The dam protects the surrounding municipalities against high water and is used for drinking water extraction. The reservoir is completely surrounded by forests.

Overview map and stats:

Start:Butgenbach (BE)
Coordinates (DD):50.430058 / 6.209715
End:Hellental (DE)
Coordinates (DD):50.491701 / 6.434909
Distance:24,3 kilometers
Ascent:363 meters
Descent:511 meters
Elevation map:
Path, dirt road, nature trail:60%
Asphalt, road:40%
Pdf route map:Go for download to page here
Gpx track:Go for download to page here
KML file:Go for download to page here
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Some highlights:

Wirtzfeld has 400 inhabitants and is located on the stream Holzwarche a tributary of the river Warche and flows into Lake Bütgenbach.

Krinkelt-Rocherath is the a reference to two villages in Belgium that became the scene of some fierce fighting between American and German troops in the first days of the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, read more…

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