45. Deadly dangerous history
De Dodendraad/Den Doodendraad
Ruiterstraat (kruising met Beverbeekse heide)
Dive into the past and hike along the reconstruction of ‘Den droad’ (the wire) near Hamont-Achel. This so-called Death Wire was a 332 kilometre long wire fence constructed by the Germans during the First World War, spanning the border between Belgium and the Netherlands. The 2000 volts of electricity on the wires made sure no one from occupied Belgium would be mad enough to even consider fleeing to unoccupied Netherlands. The reconstruction includes boards with information about this special period of border area history and two hiking trails run past it.
- Daily until january 1st, 2022