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Visitors can delight in the old diesel locomotives on the still existing parts of the track network at the former railway station in Raeren. Then the route takes you through the forest on the German-Belgium border towards Roetgen, the “Gateway to the Eifel”. Now, a veritable alternating of the boundary lines will begin. The Vennbahn crosses German and Belgian territory several times during this stage of the trip. The woodland scenery slowly becomes less prominent towards Lammersdorf and Konzen, and many a person is put in mind of Switzerland. With these impressions, you reach the former cloth-making town of Monschau with its magnificently preserved half-timbered houses.Show map
For more than a century, the Vennbahn was the iron link between Aachen and the north of Luxembourg. An eventful period in the truest sense of the word which gave rise to a great deal of history and stories. There are a total of 20 locations around the Vennbahn where you can search for traces of the peculiarities of the countryside and people of the region. The stories are visually underpinned by comics typical of Belgium. Have fun on your discovery tour!
The Ambassador Hotel Bosten is situated in Eupen at the foot of the High Fens Nature Park, not far from the Weser reservoir.More information
Crossing the impressive Reichenstein viaduct, you pass through Kalterherberg and the German exclave “Ruitzhof”, back into Belgian territory. The one-of-a-kind heath heralds the High Fens. This fascinating high moor acting as a gigantic reservoir and, at the same time, the namesake of the Vennbahn, makes it necessary to build bridges over numerous streams and rivers. Past the old railway station building of Sourbrodt with a considerable number of well-preserved relics from railway history, the Vennbahn runs between the lakes of Robertville and Bütgenbach and finally ends in Waimes.