The Vennbahn Cycle Route runs 125 kilometres (77 mi) between Aachen and Troisvierges This is one of the longest railway paths in Europe and has already won several international awards for good reason. The traffic-free route runs through the heart of eastern Belgium, brushing the Eifel and the Ardennes. Three different countries, cultures, beautiful landscapes like the Hautes Fagnes and exciting history await on this European border route.
This adventure makes it easy to overcome borders and altitude difference. Originally designed for steam railways in the late 19th century, the paths never exceed 2% gradients and overcome altitude differences with ingenious routing and plenty of loops. This was good for the old steam locomotives and now for cyclists. In this Collection, we’ve divided the route into six stages for you.
After the Vennbahn closed, most of the tracks were replaced with asphalted cycle paths which have proven very popular over the years. The Vennbahn Cycle Route is quite easy; you ride through unspoilt natural landscapes far from any traffic. This makes it ideal for a relaxed bike Tour and family rides. If you don’t want to cycle the entire route, you can flexibly plan daily stages. We’ve also included various side routes and detours.
On your way, you visit beautiful places like Kornelimünster, Monschau, St. Vith and Burg–Reuland, to name but a few. Here, you can stop off and enjoy local specialities, find accommodation and enjoy yourself. So, what are you waiting for? Get on your saddle and experience the Vennbahn Cycle Route.
The start of the Vennbahn cycle path is directly at Aachen main station. For example, you can travel comfortably by train from the direction of Cologne and get started straight away without delay. If you are not in a hurry, which we hope, you can of course take a short detour to the nearby old town of…
The first 15 kilometers of the second stage are almost entirely slightly uphill. Thanks to the smooth, paved bike path and the skilful routing, you don't have to make any particular effort. Roetgen, the first place you pass on today's stage, is on the German side of the border. Here you have various…
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Welcome to the High Fens. This is probably the loneliest stage of the Vennbahn cycle path, but definitely one of the most beautiful. Pack a little more provisions in Monschau, because today you won't find many places to stop. In slight ups and downs you drive over the entire length of the stage through…
The first half of this stage runs slightly downhill until you cross the Amel near Montenau. Then it goes uphill again, but as you are already used to on the Vennbahn cycle path with only a slight incline. So you can concentrate entirely on the sights along the way. After the stages through the High Fens…
On the fifth stage you leave St. Vith behind and slowly but surely lose altitude. Except for two short sections, it's almost always slightly downhill, so you can let it roll easily and concentrate entirely on the beautiful landscape. After almost eight kilometers you will reach the Our and thus the border…
After Germany and Belgium, you will visit the third country on the Vennbahn cycle path on this stage: Luxembourg. Topographically, this is probably the most demanding stage of the tour, although this is of course to be seen in relative terms. The climbs are a bit more irregular than at the beginning…
In Waimes, the RAVeL L45 cycle path branches off from the Vennbahn route. So you can use it as an additional detour or as a feeder to get to the Vennbahn from the west. The path leads from Waimes via Stavelot to Trois-Ponts and, like the Vennbahn cycle path, uses a former railway line. It is comfortable…
The RAVeL L45a cycle path leads from the German border at Losheimergraben directly to the Vennbahn, crossing the Hohes Venn-Eifel nature park. The former railway line on which the cycle path was laid is also known as the Venn-Querbahn. You can use this path, for example, to get from the Vennbahn to the…
This feeder can be used to get from Eupen to the Vennbahn route. Incidentally, Eupen is connected to the railway line between Oostende and Welkenraedt, so you can easily travel by train from all directions. Conveniently, this tour also begins right outside the gates of the train station. So you can start…
Coming from Schönberg, this feeder route takes you directly to the route of the Vennbahn. The other way around, you can use the route as an extension of your tour or as a separate day tour. Either way you drive through the beautiful landscape of the southern Eifel and always follow the course of the…
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