The city of Aachen is special in many ways. Located on the crossroad of Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, Aachen is Germany’s westernmost city that is brimming with diversity. In Aachen, you will find a great mix of history as you explore the streets of the beautiful old town, combined with the city’s flair as a modern university town. With more than 45,000 students, RWTH Aachen University is the largest university for technical courses in Germany. But, not only the city centre is worth visiting, Aachen’s surrounding countryside on the edge of the Eifel is beautiful too. Discovering this area on your bicycle is perfect. With the Aachen Summer of Cycling, the city is celebrating and promoting its well-developed network of routes. Every year since 1995, the city signposts a different themed circular route which is ideal for families and novice cyclists. In this Collection, we show you five of the most beautiful and exciting Aachen Summer of Cycling Tours.
On these rides, you follow in the footsteps of Charlemagne, Charles the Great, who loved Aachen so much that he made the city the centre of his empire. You will experience the beautiful green surroundings of the city and go on a ‘shopping trip’ to organic farms south of the city. You cycle along the Vennbahnweg, one Europe’s most beautiful railway trails, and explore an exciting mix of culture, nature and history. In the borderland north of Aachen, you discover impressive manor houses and learn about the history of customs in the Locht customs Museum. The German/Dutch industrial area Avantis provides you with a living example of how the relations with neighboring countries are cultivated today. Finally, on the ‘Tour de Science’, the latest Tour of the Aachen Summer of Cycling, an exciting ride around the RWTH campus awaits you with many interesting buildings where history and modern architecture meet.
What are you waiting for? Grab your bike and explore the city of Aachen and its exciting history on great bike paths that make each of these five routes an unforgettable experience.
Charlemagne ruled the Franconian Empire as king from 768 to 814. He initiated cultural and spiritual reforms and had them built: churches and monasteries as well as more than 100 "imperial palaces", which he had built scattered throughout his empire in order to be able to live "appropriately" when traveling…
On this approximately 23-kilometer bike tour, you take an excursion into the countryside south of Aachen. On the way you will pass picturesque castles and idyllic ponds. And you stop at a historic estate on which healthy organic vegetables are sprouting today - so you better mount your basket on the…
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On around 26 kilometers, this round offers you an exciting mix of culture, nature and history. On the way you will get to know the beautiful Vennbahnweg, which runs on the route of a former railway line and offers you a truly enjoyable ride.
You start at the “Rothe Erde” train station, right in the center…
This 30-kilometer tour takes you north from Aachen to the Dutch border, where you can find out more about the history of customs in the Zollmuseum Locht. The German / Dutch industrial area Avantis, on the other hand, is a living example of how openly the relationship with the neighboring country is cultivated…
The Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen celebrated its 150th birthday in 2020! As a “university of excellence”, it is one of the best technical universities. More than 46,500 students are being prepared for their professional life by around 10,000 employees - so it's no wonder that RWTH…
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