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Running in Eupen: capital of the Ostbelgien

Located at the confluence of the Vesdre and the Hill, Eupen is a commercial and industrial city. It reached its peak in the 17th and 18th centuries, thanks to the cloth industry. After being attached to Prussia and then to Germany, Eupen became Belgian in 1920 by the Treaty of Versailles. The capital of the Ostbelgien, the German-speaking Community of Belgium, is a welcoming city with a rich historical heritage, a magnificent nature and an excellent gastronomy.

View on the city of Eupen and the Saint-Joseph church

At an altitude of between 250 and 350 meters, Eupen is made up of two parts: the upper town (Oberstadt), where the historical center and shops are located, and the lower town (Understadt), on the banks of the Vesdre. Its sumptuous baroque mansions, churches and fountains make it one of the main tourist attractions of the region.


Eupen is the capital of the German-speaking Community of Belgium and is one of the nine German-speaking municipalities in Belgium. It is actually only a few kilometers from Aachen in Germany, to which it belonged before the First World War.

The seat of the government of the German-speaking Community

Eupen-Malmedy is now a federated entity of the Belgian state with its own government, parliament, which sits in Eupen, and even its own public media. Don't miss a visit to the IKOB, the only art museum in the German-speaking Community of Belgium, whose collection is devoted to contemporary art.

Industrial heritage

At the end of the 17th century, Eupen was internationally renowned for its high quality fabrics and sheets. The city saw the emergence of ultra-modern dyeing, spinning and weaving companies, grouped together in an industrial district. This important economic development led to the creation of new roads, necessary for the trade of the products, and the construction of numerous infrastructures.

Old merchant house on Gospert Street

Au XVIIIème siècle, les riches familles de marchands de l’industrie textile firent ériger de magnifiques maisons de maître. Profitez de votre run pour partir à la découverte de ces splendides demeures de style mosan dans les rues de la ville basse et de la ville haute.

The garden city

Parc national des Hautes Fagnes

The city of Eupen is located in the immediate vicinity of two exceptional nature reserves: the Hertogenwald (Duke's forest) and the Hautes Fagnes-Eifel nature park. These preserved natural areas offer numerous walks with sublime and varied landscapes. The city is also located a few kilometers from the largest artificial lake in Belgium, which supplies the city with drinking water, thanks to the impressive Vesdre dam.

The downtown area is also full of parks and green spaces for walking. Your walk will take you to the East Park, an "edible" forest of fruit trees and berry bushes, and Loten Park, which forms the boundary between the upper and lower city.

Find all the routes of the city of Eupen on the Jooks application.

Run, walk or cycle with Jooks from St. Nicholas Church to Moorenhöhe Park!

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