“Criss-crossing European frontiers along a historic converted railway”
The Vennbahn Cycle Route, one of Europe’s longest converted railway embankment bike tracks, takes the visitor through three countries: Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. From Aachen it runs out across the High Fen to finish in Troisvierges. With its mild gradients of about 2%, you take a leisurely tour through 125 kilometres of nature with that special frontier feeling, where Vennbahn folklore and historical fact are friends and neighbours.
Everything you need to plan your tour can be found here: tour planning. Here you can get an initial visual summary: picture track of the stages, as well as an idea of things to see nearby: picture track of the sites. Meanwhile, a taste of the fascinating history and folklore from the glory days of the track can be found at Vennbahn Stories. For your precise route and guide to the different sections, see the tour guide and if you’re looking for an all-inclusive package covering luggage transfer, overnight lodging and board, you can book it directly from the special offers section.
Historic railway line
The heart of the Vennbahn lies in a centennial story of the taming of a geologically difficult terrain. The line re-drew national borders, crossing and re-crossing frontiers to finally transcend them. Originally the rail had to conquer the landscape, nowadays our visitors take part in their own journeys to rediscover that landscape for a different purpose and see it through different eyes.
For over a hundred years, the Vennbahn was the iron link between the coalfields of Aachen and the north of Luxembourg. But this former supply line also brought wealth and progress to this unique natural and cultural living space in the heart of Europe along the German-Belgian frontier. The Vennbahn has successfully survived a turbulent and treacherous period of history, one that sometimes reserved it a vital role
Today the points are set for a new era. Gleaming steel rails and creosote-darkened sleepers have made way for relaxed cycle touring and hiking all along this green-flanked ribbon. Experience 125 kilometres of recycled track on the trail of Vennbahn stories, the many anecdotes and curiosities of this charming region that are ready to enhance your journey.
or how Mützenich became known as the “village on the frontier of sin”. In the post war period, coffee smuggling was a means of survival for some and a road to wealth for others on the Belgian-German border.
Beauty and elevation
or the unique landscape surrounding the High Fen. For roughly 300 years, hedgerows have divided and bordered the agricultural landscape of the northern Vennbahn.
Historical and cultural sites
There are a wide variety of sites to see along the Vennbahn. Starting with the UNESCO World Heritage city of Aachen, crossing the “High Fen Nature Park”, travelling on down to the gardens of Troisvierges and at all points in between you will find enough natural and cultural sites of interest on your 125-kilometre journey to make you feel like an authentic world traveller:
- UNESCO World Heritage Site Aachen
- Former Abbey town of Kornelimünster
- Raeren Pottery Museum
- Der Rur valley reservoir lake (Rursee)
- Historic old city of Monschau
- Nature Park High Fen-Eifel
- Bütgenbach and Robertville reservoir lakes
- Former rail junction of St. Vith
- Burg Reuland and the picturesque Our valley
- The Weiswampach lakes and the gardens of Troisvierges
An experience for the whole family
With its gentle gradients, superb signposting, variety of stories, legends and sites to see, the Vennbahn is the perfect long weekend trip for the whole family. All services are available to make your trip through Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg relaxing, happy and stress-free.
Diverse special offers, something for everyone and constantly being updated. 3 days of cycling and gastronomy all in one package.
If you have any special needs or wishes, feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to be of help to our visitors.