Welcome to The Eastern Cantons
For Belgium's finest area of walkable wilderness, numerous little-known castles and even a couple of ski slopes, head to the 854-sq-km Eastern Cantons. Known in French as the 'Cantons de l’Est', or in German as 'Ost Kantonen' (www.eastbelgium.com), this area is also a historico-cultural quirk – Belgium’s officially German-speaking area, with its own Germanophone parliament in Eupen, though two of the region's 11 communes are actually Francophone, most notably the town of Malmédy. The greatest attraction here is the Hautes Fagnes area of moorlands between Eupen and Malmédy, edged by beautiful areas of deep-cut forested valleys. Both towns hold excellent carnivals and make good bases for regional exploration.