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I will have to disagree on this observation. According to geological studies the Hoge Venen region (which is Dutch for Hautes-Fanges – not the name of the mountain), and in fact most of the Ardennes, originated from an relatively fast geological uplift in the Miocene period. So, even as there is still some volcanic activity in the area, the origin of the uplifting is not volcanic.
Ik zie dat je nederlands bent, da's iets makkelijker. De hoge Venen is inderdaad het gebied van de halve ardennen. De venen zelf zijn kraters opgevuld met, je raad het nooit, veen. Het is wel degelijk oud vulkanisch gebied (60 miljoen jaar geleden). Toen waren de bergen daar alleen een stukkie hoger.
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It is an old vulcano, like Baraque Fraiture and Baraque michel. It is called de Hoge Venen.
Al year round: 6.1 °C
In January: -1.0 °C
In July: 16.0 °C
Annual average precipitation: 1400 mm
Average number of rainy days per year 172
Average number of days with snow per year: 43
Average number of foggy days per year 175
The Belgium government has built a tower 6 metres high next to the summit that places whoever climbs it at exactly 700 metres above see level.
You're mixing facts. The Ardennes/Eifel were first uplifted in the Devonian when (I believe the Caledonian and Avalonian plates collided with the proto-European plate) It rose to fairly lofty peaks, probably comparable to the Pyrenees nowadays, and then got eroded out to close to sea level during the Cretaceous. In the Miocene volcanic uplifting started again creating all these wonderful craters in mostly the Eifel region, and which continues even today. (around 0.4 mm/year) Centre of volcanic activity has shifted eastward from the Miocene though, from the Belgian-German border to the eastern Eifel, with the last major eruption (VEI 5-6, comparable with Pinatubo) at Laachersee, NW of Koblenz, Germany. This was in 10.930 BCE. Because the Eastern Ardennes haven't seen any volcanic activity in the last 5-6 million years, the craters there are filled up with peat, creating high marshland.
For up to date information on public access and closing of some of the areas in the park call the Natuur Centrum 00 32 (0) 80 44 03 00. It is open from 10:00 to 18:00 hours every day.
A good option is to stay in Robertville (a few kms south of the summit). From here you can plan a whole day walk all the way up to Signal de Botrange - going trough some of the nicest parts of the park.