The High Fens offer a wide variety of walking opportunities for all levels of walkers. Leaving from our house, you can start off on various walks through the fens and the woods taking from just over an hour up to a full day. Some of the paths will lead you through the typical boggy fen patches via wooden boardwalks, preventing your feet from getting soaked. For the experienced walker, there is a three day circular tour of some 70 kilometers around Sourbrodt. We can take you to your starting point and collect you at the end of your day’s walking and we can provide you with a healthy, freshly prepared and packed lunch. See our 'packages' page for the three day walk package.
In Spring, many vistors come to the High Fens and Eifel area for the wild daffodils (or Lent Lily). They form a beautiful yellow carpet in many of the valleys around here. We are happy to help you find the best walks for the daffodils.
Via our links page you can find several websites that offer route descriptions, although unfortunately, so far we have mainly found sites covering our area in Dutch, French or in German. Of course we can help you out with maps and directions.
Although the Ardennes are generally known for their steep hills and rough mountainbike routes, the High Fens area offers good possibilities for the less experienced cyclist as well. Belgium has transformed a number of former railways into walking and cycling paths, called RAVeL, and there is one in our area, that will take you into Prüm in Germany, from where you can take a bus back to your starting point (during the summer months). The RAVeLs offer you both safe cycling away from fast traffic and easy gradual slopes. You can rent bicycles in Sourbrodt and in various villages and towns in the area.
In 2014, the Vennbahn was opened, a long distance cycle pth that runs from Aachen in Germany to Trois Vierges in Luxemburg. It is considered the most beautiful of all Belgian RAVels and it was voted best long distance cycle path of Europe in 2014. The Vennbahn runs through Sourbrodt, so you can cycle parts of the Vennbahn from your Bed & Breakfast. Also, we offer a package including transportation to a starting point from where you can cycle back to La Petite Roer.
Sourbrodt is situated in Belgium’s winter sports area. There are plenty of beautiful runs for cross country skiing in Sourbrodt itself and in many of the neighbouring villages. We also have some downhill skiing slopes, the closest being in the village of Ovifat, which is located 5 minutes by car from La Petite Roer and where you can also do tobaggan. On our links page, you will find a link to a website giving all relevant information about the opening of the runs and slopes, the quality and height of the snow and the length of the tracks. When the ice is thick enough, we prepare a skating rink on the little lake in our garden. If you bring along your ice-skates, you may have the opportunity to skate on the most elevated skating rink in the Benelux.
In the High Fens and Eifel area you will find several Visitor Centers, which offer exhibitions on the local natural environment besides a selecion of maps and guidebooks you can purchase. You can visit Schloss Reinhardstein in Robertville, offering breathtaking views thanks to it’s dramatic setting. The castle is open for guided visits in Summer, but the view alone is worth the stroll and there are several walks around the castle.
In case you want a break from your healthy outdoor activities and long for a cultural experience or maybe just for a day's shopping, there are plenty of interesting towns and cities to choose from. Maastricht, Liège, Aachen, Cologne, Trier and Luxemburg offer you historical sites, museums, restaurants and shops and are well within reach on a day trip from Sourbrodt.
Also, smaller towns like Monschau, Malmedy, Eupen, Spa and Stavelot, are interesting destinations for a days outing within easy driving distance.
There are several artificial lakes in our area, the Lac de Robertville at 5 minutes distance en the Bütgenbacher See at about 15 minutes from La Petite Roer. These lakes offer plenty of opportunities for watersports, ranging from sunbathing and swimming to canoeing, sailing and windsurfing. Both have the Blue Flag label, meaning they are clean and ae run environmental friendly.
In Spa, just under 30 minutes from Sourbrodt, you will find the beautiful 18-hole course of the Royal Golf Club des Fagnes. Members from Belgian and from foreign golfclubs are welcome here for a round of golf.
The Spa - Francorchamps circuit
Lovers of Formula 1 racing or one of the other regular car or motor racing events at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit will find our B&B conveniently located. We are about 20 minutes from “the most beautiful Formula 1 circuit in the world”. And should you be a true racing fan, you could visit the Nürburgring in a day trip from La Petite Roer as well.