Peace. Greenery. Enjoyment. Three key words that perfectly describe the Voer region. With barely 4300 inhabitants spread over six church villages, this is the place for a relaxing holiday. The Voer region is a piece of Flanders surrounded by Wallonia and is somewhat reminiscent of the Ardennes, with the hilly terrain, the dense forests and the small picturesque villages where time seems to stand still. Slow travel is not a trend here, but a way of life.
A hiking paradise
Tranquility and hiking are the main reason why people visit the Voer region. The magnificent views and landscapes of this unique region, are not easy to be found elsewhere. The extensive hiking node network ensures that you can plan your trip beforehand. You can squeak the border with the Netherlands because the network connects seamlessly with that of our neighbors. Because of the alternation of hills and deep valleys, the region is also quite a challenge for the more ardent hiker. If you want to climb to the highest point in Flanders, you have to go to the Stroevenbos and the Reesberg, both located in the Remersdaal village.
Cute church villages
Voeren has six rustic villages: 's-Gravenvoeren, Sint-Martens-Voeren, Sint-Pieters-Voeren, Moelingen, Remersdaal, and Teuven. Nature as well as these villages make the Voer region very unique. The authentic half-timbered houses (which are still inhabited !), the churches, castles, and numerous chapels, the historical heritage is abundant here and makes the region enormously photogenic. The old railway viaduct in Sint-Martens-Voeren is a unique eye-catcher and worth a visit.
The most beautiful walk in Flanders
You get a combination of nature and culture during the Bronnenwandeling. In 2012, this hiking route was deservedly voted the most beautiful in Flanders. You start in Sint-Martens-Voeren and walk past the half-timbered houses into the landscape of the Martelberg. Who knows, you might even spot a badger. A little further you arrive in Sint-Pieters-Voeren, at the source of the Voer river. Make sure to take a pause at the Commandery, a beautiful castle in the Maasland Renaissance style. Trout are bred in the pond of this castle, a well-known and delicious regional product that can be tasted in the many local restaurants.
Playing in the woods
Nothing is more fun than scrambling in trees, collecting branches, and crawling into tree houses. The Voer region has several play forests where the children have endless fun. Adventurous and educational, because while playing they learn so much about the animals, trees, and plants in the forest. Tired, but fulfilled, that's the goal.
Tasting local wines
You should definitely taste a glass of the local wine. Due to the rolling landscape, this region is very suitable for viticulture. The Crutzberg winery already won several prices and titles. Tasting sessions take place regularly on Saturdays. You can turn it into an entire day full of wine at Pietershof wine estate. After a guided tour by the winegrower, and the delicious tasting of the wine, you can also walk on your own through the surrounding vineyards. Zwaeneberg wine estate also bottles red wine, which is still unique in Belgium.