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Three Country Highpoints in an Afternoon

March 9, 2012

I wrote this trip report on summitpost about climbing three country highpoints in a day, which I did with my dad on 27 June 2011.

Vaalserberg, Netherlands

My dad and I flew into Brussels from Prague. After an issue with a lost bag, which I found on another carousel, we were off to bag three country highpoints in an afternoon. Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg highpoints were the goals. It was about noon, and first we drove to the Netherlands. The highpoint, outside of Vaals, was an easy drive. We parked at the bottom of the hill in Vaals and walked up a paved path to the highpoint. It took about 10 minutes of leisurely walking to get to Vaalserberg. There were a couple towers along the way. The first was in a café, and the one next to the highpoint marked the borders of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Vaalserberg

Me at Vaalserberg.

 

Vaalserberg

Me at Vaalserberg.

 

Highpoint of Netherlands

Highpoint of the Netherlands.

 

Highpoint of Netherlands

My dad and I at Vaalserberg.

We walked down the path and jumped in the car, headed for Signal de Botrange.

Signal de Botrange, Belgium

Signal de Botrange, Belgium’s highpoint, was on the side of a highway. We knew it would not be an issue. We drove to the highpoint, and parked at the far side of the parking lot so we at least walked a bit. The highpoint is 694 meters, but there is a 6 meter staircase to 700 meters.

Highpoint of Belgium

Signal de Botrange from the parking lot.

 

Highpoint of Belgium

Me on the staircase to Belgium’s highpoint.

 

Highpoint of Belgium

700 Meters, with help from a 6 meter staircase to nowhere.

 

Highpoint of Belgium

Another nearby marker.

 

Highpoint of Belgium

Another nearby marker.

 

Highpoint of Belgium

My dad and I.

It was an easy highpoint and we got back in the car to drive to Luxembourg.

Burgplatz and Kneiff, Luxembourg

The drive to Luxembourg was not easy, the highway was closed for construction so we had to drive on small farm roads for awhile. We got back on the freeway and drove to Burgplatz. We saw the tower along the side of a road, and drove to it.

Highpoint of Luxembourg

me at Burgplatz, Europe’s Highpoints book in hand.

 

Highpoint of Luxembourg

My dad at Burgplatz.

 

Highpoint of Luxembourg

Commemorative plaque for the Grand-Duke’s visit in 1960.

 

Highpoint of Luxembourg

Tower at Burgplatz.

Around the corner we drove to Kneiff, the new disputed highpoint. It was a little walk up a hill from the freeway.

Kneiff

Me at Kneiff.

Three country highpoints in an afternoon…not bad.

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