At the gateway to the Fagnes area, between groves and forests
Situated halfway between the towns of Limbourg and Eupen, the village of Baelen has existed for eleven centuries! It name comes from the Celtic “bal” (on the bank) and “en” (river), explaining the geographic position of this place.
The villages of Baelen and Membach, situated on the borders of the Hertogenwald and the groves of the Herve, offering the image of a sumptuous contrasting landscape between the orchards of the north, the huge forest of the dukes in the south and, in the middle, a rural area full of character at the gateway to the Fagnes area.
Furthermore, Baelen’s architectural heritage is enhanced thanks to the Saint-Paul Church and its very characteristic spiral tower (called a twisted tower). As for the church in Membach, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, it stands out due to its tower with a bulbous roof.
The Gileppe Dam, partly on Baelen-Membach territory, is undeniably a major attraction for tourists. Its 78-metre high panoramic tower houses an information centre and a quality brasserie restaurant. Today, the Gileppe Dam, its monumental lion and its lake attract visitors (tourists and inhabitants) in search of walks, peace and quiet and nature !
We must of course mention the superb natural heritage of Baelen-Membach. These landscapes can be discovered throughout the course of several marked routes, going through pretty hamlets and offering magnificent scenic views. The diversity of the landscapes give these hamlets their character: within a few kilometres, you go from the typical groves of the Herve area to green forest and finally end up in the Fagnes.
All this is to be enjoyed (more than once) on foot, by bicycle, alone or with the family!