The Venn-Eifel-Moselle-Runde is the ideal bike ride to explore the treasures of the Eifel. There is a lot to discover in the well-known low mountain range: gentle hills, rushing streams, innumerable castles and bubbling mineral springs. The untouched nature and the charming mix of medieval villages, castle ruins, and exciting museums offer you everything you need for a relaxing and delightful cycling holiday.
The infrastructure of the Venn-Eifel-Mosel-Runde is outstanding. About half of the distance of the route consists of former railway lines, which were exemplarily planned and free from traffic. This means you will also only find a few steep climbs as the route is relatively flat. And if it goes up a long hill, you are rewarded with a spectacular view over the hilly landscape of the Eifel and the Ardennes.
The round trip begins and ends in Trier, which you can easily reach by train from all directions. We divided the 176 miles (284 kilometer) lap into six medium-difficult routes. You can find suitable accommodation on all routes. You can often find these along the way which makes it easy to extend a route by one or two days, making it easier.
The route takes you along rivers like the Kyll, which have carved deep ravines in the low mountain range, creating a unique landscape. Two stages also lead through Belgium: on the Vennbahn and the Vennquerbahn, you will cycle through the countryside of the Ardennes in eastern Belgium. Back in Germany, you follow the Enz and the Prüm until the mouth of the rivers in the Sauer. Along the border with Luxembourg, you will now follow the Sauer to the Moselle, which will take you back to Trier.
The Venn-Eifel-Mosel-Runde is rated by the ADFC as a quality bike route with 4 stars.
You start your journey on the Venn-Eifel-Mosel-Runde in the lively city of Trier on the Römerbrücke, the oldest bridge in Germany. You follow the Moselle to Pfalzel, the historic district of Trier with its famous ramparts and the oldest inhabited stone house in Germany.At the confluence of the Kyll you leave the Mosel and turn into Kylltal. Shortly thereafter, part of the bike path is expected to end in late 2020. Fortunately, Deutsche Bahn has set up an hourly free shuttle bus between the Ehranger Mühle bus stop and the Kordel train station. The bus ride was added as an off-grid section. Further information can be found here: bauprojekte.deutschebahn.com/media/projects/7256/docs/HZ_kuckuckslay-tunnel-wegefuehrung-v3.pdfFrom Kordel the bike path leads through the wildly romantic Kylltal and follows the countless meanders of the river. Small, pretty villages are on your way, such as Hüttingen with its small waterfall in the middle of the village.On the stage, you will always expect smaller and larger slopes. So also just before your waypoint. After the climb you have but from the highest point of a beautiful panoramic view of the hilly landscape and a view of the collegiate church Kyllburg.In Kyllburg your first stage ends and you will find inns as well as a campsite for the overnight stay. The outdoor swimming pool, which lies idyllically in a Kyll loop, provides for a refreshing dip.
Today you continue your journey in the valley of the rushing Kyll, the longest and most water-rich river in the southern Eifel.The valley widens and there are many cultural treasures left and right of the river. These include the former Cistercian monastery in Stankt Thomas or the mighty Bertradaburg in Mürlenbach. According to tradition, Charlemagne was born here.Halfway through the stage you will reach an area rich in mineral springs. The Linden Spring is right on the path and you can refill your water bottles with fresh mineral water here.Shortly after you reach the spa town of Gerolstein. The city is not only known for its springs, but offers itself with the many sights and restaurants for a longer rest.On the last leg of the stage you follow the Kyll upriver. Soon you will reach the small town of Birgel. There, especially the historic water mill is worth seeing. In the neighboring village of Lissendorf your today's stage ends. Here you will find some accommodations and a few kilometers away in the direction of Steffeln a beautiful campsite.
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Your day begins with a ride on beautiful cycle paths through the Kyll Valley, past small villages and castle ruins. After 13 kilometers you reach the Kronenburger See. Above the lake towers the tiny medieval old town of Kronenburg. The townscape has hardly changed for over 400 years and is dominated by the huge castle ruins.Soon you will reach the German-Belgian border. In the border town of Büllingen there is an extraordinary museum world, the Ardenner Cultur Boulevard, where there is also a fascinating model railway system.The railway is a good keyword, because since Jünkerath you drive on the Vennquerbahn, an exemplary developed bike path on the former railway line. On the way, there are still some relics from the railway time to admire, such as an old water pump.You follow the beautiful Bahntrassenradweg to Bütgenbach. Here you can find hotels and a campsite. The treasure of the place is its huge reservoir, a beautiful recreational area including a sandy beach.
Your stage today is all about the Vennbahnradweg. It is a model railway track in the border area between Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. At the track there are always relics and buildings from the railway past to admire. These include viaducts and train tunnels.Some former stations were not only restored, they were breathed new life by a meaningful reuse. A particularly successful example is the interesting history museum in Sankt Vith.The hilly area of eastern Belgium is known for its original and agricultural landscape and is very popular with cyclists. In Montenau you can taste delicious ham in a ham smokehouse and pack it in your saddlebag.After a rapid descent you reach the border again and a short distance later you drive through a former railway tunnel. Right behind it is Bleialf, your stage destination. Here are a few places to stay and a campsite.
Your day starts with an idyllic drive through the Alfbachtal. The bike path meanders through a beautiful and natural landscape, in which you can see the one or the other beaver with a bit of luck.In Pronsfeld the Alfbach flows into the Prüm. At the former station of Pronsfeld old wagons and locomotives are set up. Here begins the next Bahntrassenradweg, the Eifel-Ardennes cycle path. He follows 25 kilometers to Neuerburg.The winding streets of Neuerburg are worth a break and a tour of the medieval town. For 500 years, the parish church has stood on a cliff above Neuerburg and above it the present rectory with its round tower, which once belonged to the city wall.Then follow the Enz cycle path along the Enz and later the Prüm to your final destination Holsthum, where the two rivers unite.
The last leg of your journey begins with a drive through the narrow valley of the wild Prüm, past the Irrel waterfalls. Then you follow the Prüm, until it flows into the Sauer.You are now on the border with Luxembourg. Here it is worth a short detour to Echternach with its beautiful old town.Then you drive on well-developed bike paths on the German side of the Sauer until it flows into Wasserbillig in the wide Moselle.The last 13 kilometers of the Venn-Eifel-Mosel-Runde lead you on beautiful cycle paths without slope along the Moselle back to Trier.Trier station has long-distance connections in all directions. In Trier, there is also only one to discover. If you want to stay one more night, you will find a variety of hotels and also a campsite right on the Moselle.