December 16th 2010: Exactly 66 years after the start of the Battle of the Bulge (also known as Von Rundstedtoffensiv, Ardennenoffensief, Bataille des Ardennes, Battle of the Ardennes), here we are again in the middle of a snow storm in Belgian Ardennes. Just 900 meters from the Elsenborn Ridge between Elsenborn and the pittoresque village of Wirtzfeld. This time, everything is peacefull however.
Due to the outcome of the movie The Wereth Eleven, a war drama that happened only 8 miles from Wirtzfeld, our region gets again much attention!
So, welcome in the Ardennes and enjoy your stay in Wirtzfeld Valley.
Wirtzfeld is a small village in High Belgium at an altitude of 1,800 ft (600 meters). It boasts a picturesque church, and is situated next to the famous forests of the Battle of the Bulge.
The artificial lake of Bütgenbach (only ¾ of a mile – 1,200 metres away) offers many kinds of water-sports.
Sight-seeing flights over Lake Bütgenbach or the High Fens with “Ultra Light Machines” can be reserved for you (weather depending) with friendly pilots at a small airstrip nearby.
In the immediate vicinity you will find numerous hiking- and mountain-bike trails, and in the winter Alpine skiing and cross-country tracks.
An 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, horse trekking, a casino and many inviting restaurants with excellent gourmet cuisine are also close by.
The Formula-1 racetrack Spa-Francorchamps is only 30 minutes by car, as well as the charming towns of Monschau, Malmedy and Stavelot.
A personal diary (WebBlog) kept by Hubert Savelberg in the Dutch language and thousands of photographs on what there is to see and do in Wirtzfeld is available on the Internet at www.wirtzfeld.be