At a glance

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.

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Attractions Don’t miss any of the highlights along the Vennbahn!

High Fens Distance to the Vennbahn: 5 km

Nature reserve with unique flora and fauna and one of the last preserved high moors in Europe.

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Robertville Lake Distance to the Vennbahn: 1,5 km

The construction of the dam almost 90 years ago has made Robertville a Mecca for those in search of rest and relaxation. The idyllically located bathing lake spans an area of around 198 acres.

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Bütgenbach Lake Distance to the Vennbahn: 4 km

The location and its dam are a popular local recreational area offering outstanding sports and leisure facilities.

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Discover the Vennbahn stories

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!

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Bicycle-friendly accommodation along the cycle path bed+bike

Hotel Hirsch Distance to the Vennbahn: 0,5 km

Family-run business in a rural setting with 28 guest rooms in 2 categories.

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Gîte d’Etape des Hautes Fagnes Distance to the Vennbahn: 3 km

Situated at the highest point in Belgium and surrounded by green countryside, the lodge is the perfect destination at any time of the year.

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Hotel Domaine des Hautes Fagnes Distance to the Vennbahn: 3 km

Lying close to the highest point in Belgium, in the heart of the High Fens Nature Reserve, the Hotel Domaine des Hautes Fagnes provides the ideal setting for relaxing days, gastronomic experiences or seminars.

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Hotel Restaurant La Chaumière du Lac Distance to the Vennbahn: 2,5 km

This family-run hotel is situated by the banks of Robertville Lake, near the High Fens Nature Reserve.

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Hotel Bütgenbacher Hof Distance to the Vennbahn: 3 km

The hotel is located in the market square in Bütgenbach by the lake.

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Holiday House Arnika Distance to the Vennbahn: 2 km

Although this holiday home is not far from the centre, it is still located in a peaceful setting.

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Beverly Weekend Distance to the Vennbahn: 3 km

This family-friendly establishment offers its guests a large common spa area featuring a swimming pool, sauna, infrared cabin and fitness room.

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Camping Worriken Distance to the Vennbahn: 3 km

The campsite is situated by the banks of Bütgenbach reservoir and offers all-year pitches up to 100 m².  The campsite is an integral part of Worriken centre with restaurant, swimming pool and sandy beach.

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Sporthouse Worriken Distance to the Vennbahn: 3 km

The “Sporthouse” offers 28 barrier-free double rooms and is situated in the sports and leisure centre “Sport- und Freizeitzentrum Worriken” by the banks of Bütgenbach Lake.

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Villa Zum Biert Distance to the Vennbahn: 3 km

This villa lies on the edge of the village in peaceful and natural surroundings and is ideally suited for holidays and seminars.

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Hotel Schröder Distance to the Vennbahn: 15 km

The hotel has a total of 10 cosily furnished rooms, all equipped with a telephone and television.

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De Eifelhoeve Distance to the Vennbahn: 15 km

This accommodation is the ideal starting point for hiking and cycling tours on the border between Germany and Belgium.

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Hotel Eifeler Hof Distance to the Vennbahn: 15 km

Manderfeld is among the most high-lying villages in Belgium. The spectacular landscape of woodland and meadows with numerous elevations and deep, picturesque creek valleys is ideal for hiking and cycling.

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B&B Silberhütte Distance to the Vennbahn: 15 km

This accommodation offers 4 light and cosy guest rooms, including a spacious, child-friendly family room. The rooms can be booked individually or as a very comfortable holiday apartment with living room, kitchen and sauna for up to 11 people.

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Hotel Drosson Distance to the Vennbahn: 6 km

Hotel Drosson is centrally located near Bütgenbach Lake and pampers its guest in its in-house spa facilities with an infrared cabin and indoor swimming pool.

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La Romance du Lac Distance to the Vennbahn: 4 km

The guest house is set in green surroundings. The house offers 4 rooms and 1 suite, all of which are equipped with en-suite facilities and a flat-screen television.

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Hof Kriemisch Distance to the Vennbahn: 15 km

This is the place to come to experience Belgian hospitality at close hand and in surroundings in touch with nature and animals.

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Au Cheval Blanc Distance to the Vennbahn: 0,5 km

The apartment hotel is situated in the heart of Waimes directly by the junction of two popular railway line cycle paths.

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Holzheimer Hütte Distance to the Vennbahn: 15 km

The Holzheimer Hütte is located in the idyllic hamlet of Holzheim of the same name not far from the railway line cycle path Ravel L45a via which the Vennbahn cycle path is within easy reach.

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Hotel des Bains & Wellness Distance to the Vennbahn: 2,5 km

This elegant hotel is situated on the banks of Robertville Lake, in the heart of the High Fens Nature Park.

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Service provider Useful services at a glance

Tourist information

  1. TI Monschau
    Stadtstraße 16 · D-52156 Monschau
    T +49 247 280 480
    touristik@monschau.de · www.monschau.de
  2. TI Waimes
    Rue du Centre 21a · B-4950 Waimes
    T +32 80 32 98 67
    tourisme@waimes.be · www.waimes.be
  3. TI Bütgenbach
    Marktplatz 13a, B-4750 Bütgenbach
    T +32 80 86 47 23
    info@butgenbach.info · www.butgenbach.info

Parking facilities

  1. Vennbahn Parking Reichenstein
    Distance to the Vennbahn: 0,2 km
  2. Vennbahn Parkplatz Sourbrodt
    Distance to the Vennbahn: 0,3 km
  3. Vennbahn Parkplatz Waimes
    Distance to the Vennbahn: 40 m

 

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Bicycle rental & repair shops

Bicycle rental

  1. A.T. Bike
    Distance to the Vennbahn: 0,8 km

Repair shop

  1. Sports et Nature
    Distance to the Vennbahn: 8,5 km

Next stage Stage 4: from Waimes to St. Vith

From the old railway station in Waimes, the Vennbahn takes you through lush green and gently undulating hills. An ideal location for paddocks, which you can marvel at by the woodland area of Wolfsbusch. The aroma of freshly smoked Ardennes ham wafts towards you as you cycle towards Montenau. In Born, the route leads you under the imposing Freiherr-von-Korff viaduct and then onwards to the lively little town of St. Vith. Here at the local history museum (Heimatmuseum) “Between Venn und Schneifel” you can immerse yourself in the chequered past of the Vennbahn.

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