Peacefulness at the foot of the "Hohes Venn"
Raeren is an old pottery village characterized not only by its placid forests and meadows but also by many historical buildings.
Right next to Raeren castle (14th ct.) for instance is "Haus Raeren" (14th ct.), a late medieval tower house in its original design. Surrounded by a moat on which one might see a family of white swans, the historic building with its small windows and loop holes is situated in the middle of a neat park.
"Haus Raeren" is private property and belongs to the family Blank. The father of the current owner was André Blank, a famous painter whose oil paintings and glass windows can be admired in the Pottery Museum Raeren, the parish church St. Nicholas and the "Marienheim".
Further historic buldings in Raeren are the "Knoppenburg" (17th ct.), "Haus Bergscheid" (16th ct.), St. Nicholas Church (18th ct.) or the Anna Chapel (18 ct.) near the museum.
Numerous meadow paths running through the spacious landscape invite for long walks and lead to the numerous historic buildings in the village of Raeren.
Six hiking trails lead from the Pottery Museum Raeren to different parts of the village, inviting travelers to explore Raeren on their own. Hiking maps are available at the tourist information in the Pottery Museum Raeren.
One hiking tour, "On the traces of the Raerne Potters", starting right beside the Pottery Museum Raeren leads past "Haus Raeren" and the Periolbach to the so-called "Hohe Brücke" (High Bridge). At the height of seven metres the High Bridge leads across the bed of the "Periolbach", a former sunken road used to transport Raeren ceramic on horses and carts. The spot where carters used to drive onto the road is still visible today. The entire area is part of the protected landscape of Raeren.
Only some hundred meters further is the farm "Am Blar" where the grandparents of famous German poet Josef Ponten used to live in the early 20th century. Following the path, you eventually reach the Mary's Home ("Marienheim"), an idyllic former bark mill (17th ct.) which serves today as one of the best and most comfortable homes for the elderly in the region.