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Vennbahn & Ravel cycle paths

Leisurely cycle touring in East Belgium has the right terrain for every type of bike. Flat, hilly or athletically challenging – almost any tour idea can be realised without any problems at all. This is ensured by a network of cycle paths totalling more than 850 km and a superb infrastructure which hardly leaves anything to be desired.

Vennbahn and Ravel routes in East Belgium

 


Vennbahn map & Vennbahn brochure

The Vennbahn map on a scale of 1:100.000 contains information on all aspects of the cycle path, for example the links, side routes and connections to other theme cycle paths, and much more.

> order map in web shop (€4.50)

The Vennbahn-Flyer delivers all this important information in a practical, concise format. As well as an overview on the back, this information sheet also contains information on the major highlights along the route and the free Vennbahn app, and the most popular tour offers for a carefree cycle trip through the region.

> order the Vennbahn-Flyer free

 


The Vennbahn

 

The Vennbahn cycle path, which has received several international awards and is one of the longest railway line cycle paths in Europe, runs through Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. Starting from Aachen and running right through East Belgium to Troisvierges at an average gradient of 2% (with a few short sections at 3 - 10%), this trip offers 125 km of fascinating landscapes, border country flair, Vennbahn tales and historical knowledge.

The Vennbahn is part of the Ravel programme of Belgium's Walloon region. In translation, Ravel stands for 'Autonomous Network for Slow Traffic'. This network fits in with the philosophy of 'greenways', a term used in Europe and worldwide to denote infrastructures reserved for non-motorised traffic.

The highlights along the route include the world cultural heritage city of Aachen, the town centre of Kornelimünster, the pottery museum at Raeren, the town centre of Monschau, the hedgerow country in Monschau and around Sourbrodt, Wolfsbusch, the museum exhibition 'Zwischen Venn und Schneifel' in St.Vith, the picturesque Our valley, the castle ruins at Reuland, the tunnel near Lommersweiler and Lengeler, the Europe monument in Ouren and the gardens around Troisvierges.

Brief portrait

  •    3 countries: Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg
  •     125 kilometres
  •     average gradient 2% (with a few short sections at 3 - 10%)
  •     one of Europe's longest railway line paths
  •     Aachen – Troisvierges

For more information on the Vennbahn go to:
www.vennbahn.eu

Vennbahn video

 


 

 


Vennbahn map & profile

 


News

Ravel "Green ways"


Both in Europe and worldwide, 'greenways' is a term used to denote infrastructures which are reserved for non-motorised traffic. These are routes designed for recreational purposes and / or commuters. In most cases, they're based on former railway lines running along rivers or canals, which have been adapted to a new purpose. Since 1998, the 'European Greenways Association' has been committing itself to their promotion.

Further information:

www.aevv-egwa.org

The greenways form ecological corridors and contribute to biological diversity. They are contemporary witnesses of history and monuments of industrial and cultural heritage.

Ravel – 'Réseau Autonome de Voies Lentes' or 'Autonomous Network for Slow Traffic'

The Ravel programme of the Walloon region entails the adaptation of more than 1,400 km of disused railway lines into cycle paths and hiking trails. In East Belgium, the network is already very well established. There are approx. 220 km of Ravel routes available for use at the present time.

Further information:

ravel.wallonie.be (french version)

Map of Ravel network