The Fen Railway Cycle Path leads you through three countries: Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg – from Aachen over the High Fen, all the way to Troisvierges. With ascents of only two percent you will stroll through the wonderful landscape along the frontier. Along the way, criss-crossing the boarders is especially exciting for children.
Over a hundred years, the Fen Railway was the iron connection between the coalfields in Aachen and the north of Luxembourg. The old industrial connection brought wealth and progress into the cultural valuable region and scenic landscape of the German-Belgium frontier. The Fen Railway existed and survived troubling times between 1889 and 1990, when it was shut down eventually.
These days, the railway line looks a bit different. The steel rails and wooden railroad ties made way for a fantastic cycling path along the green-lined ribbon. Here you experience 125 kilometers of renewed roads along the historical Fen Railway route. Along the way you will see and hear a lot of curiosities, stories and history from the charming regions you are passing. The tour is perfectly made for children, we've cut it into doable stages with a maximum of 34 kilometers per day. Short distances, minimal elevation gain and a maximum of beautiful changing landscapes make it a great family adventure. The single stages are also excellent day trips, easily reached with public transport.
The Vennbahn route begins in the former imperial city of Aachen. This is worth a visit in itself. Especially the Aachener Dom should be looked at, if you are ever here. The hustle and bustle and traffic around the station Rothe Erde, you leave behind on the way quickly.Kornelimünster, a former abbey town, offers a wonderful medieval backdrop. Perfect for a break and to take a look around. Later you can still pass through Wahlheim, where you can marvel at old diesel locomotives at the station. Continue through meadows and forests until you reach today's destination in Raeren.
From the old Raeren train station, with its silent witnesses of bygone days, it goes straight through the forest, always in the border area of Germany and Belgium. You drive to the "Gate of the Eifel", to Roetgen. Here it goes once through Belgium, then again through Germany. Towards Lammersdorf and Konzen the forest becomes a little bit lighter. With a view that reminds one of Switzerland, you cycle into the former cloth-making town of Monschau, which impresses with its splendidly preserved half-timbered houses.
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Passing the old train station of Monschau, we drive to Mützenich, a former smuggling stronghold. Then over the viaduct of Reichenstein, from where you have a beautiful and adventurous view of the surroundings.At Kalterherberg it's over the border to Belgium again. Shortly after the German exclave "Ruitzhof", the unique heath landscape announces the nature park High Venn-Eifel. The fascinating moor area is a gigantic reservoir of water and creates a variety of streams and rivers in the area.A little later, passing the old station building of Sourbrodt. Here, the Vennbahn route winds its way between the two lakes of Robertville and Bütgenbach and finally ends in Waimes.
From Weismes it goes past lush green hills on which many paddocks have found their place. A beautiful sight on the Wolfsbusch. Here you continue towards Montenau. From Born, the route takes you under a viaduct for a change, rather than over it or over and on to the lively town of St. Vith. Here you can dive into a nice local history museum again in the eventful past of the Vennbahn, where you cycle along constantly.
After St. Vith we continue on paved paths. Short it goes through the forest and under a high motorway bridge through to Neidingen. Along small streams and beautiful rivers, it's varied through the landscape. In Lommersweiler it goes through a tunnel in the picturesque Ourtal. Next to Hemmeres it goes again over the border. Back in Belgium, after a few kilometers, the Weweler chapel, which sits high on the Reu's Ouberg, appears on the horizon. At the castle ruin of Reuland today's day's stage also comes to an end.
Now the last stage starts to Troisvierges. Once again look back on the imposing defense tower and off you go. Scenic incredibly charming it goes until you reach the second tunnel of the journey at Lengeler. Unfortunately, this one can not pass through, but that has a good reason: A rare species of bat found its new home in the dark tube to Luxembourg and does not want to be disturbed.But a short drive to the tunnel entrance is already worth the sight. This is indeed overgrown and overgrown with moss. The fortification walls look particularly beautiful and mystical. Since you have to drive around the tunnel, here comes on a short stretch to a strong slope on the biking legs. But a short break and push a piece is also okay. Once you have done that, there are only a few more kilometers left and you have reached your destination, the train station in Troisvierges.Woohooo! That was a great track.