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Ovelo – St. Vith country

Walking ·

Characteristic of the country around St. Vith are the open landscapes and extensive agricultural areas. The only wooded area you cross is the Emmelserwald, not far from the border with the Walloon region. For the first 10 km, you ride on the Vennbahn towards Waimes. On the other side of the bushes, some lower-lying marsh areas, which are under conservation, lie along the former railway line. You go through them before you leave the Vennbahn towards Recht. Beyond the village the large Emmelserwald awaits you. It’s uphill here. At an elevation of 580 m, on the southern edge of this area, you come across a café, also known as a beer museum on account of its unusual decoration, which consists of innumerable beer bottles from all over the world. It's part of the village of Rodt, through which you then pass shortly afterward on your way to Neundorf, a suburb of St. Vith. Neundorf's snow-white village church and the railway viaduct are major features of this place.
Follow the cycle route nodes: 84 > 50 > 35 > 39 > 32 > 34 > 156 > 161 > 165 > 160 > 169 > 66 > 52 > 49 > 84

Hints

The slate mine at Recht. It's near Node 156. Until 1908, the famous blue slate was mined here. Guided tours through the mine, 800 m in length, can be had from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (April to October).

Difficulty

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Distance 36.7 km
  • Duration 2:40 h.
  • Highest point 439 m
  • Lowest point 439 m
Loop

Geographical location

  • Country Belgium
  • Region Région Wallonne
  • Province Verviers
  • Municipality Amel

Details

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Stamina
  • Experiential value
  • Landscape
  • Highest point 588 m
  • Lowest point 401 m
Recommended season
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Safety advice

Beware of oncoming cyclists, walkers or other users on public roads and on the cycle path.

Recommended equipment

Normal cycling clothing including bike helmet. Depending on the weather, do not forget rainwear or windbreaker. Provide enough drinks and food for the journey.

Further information and links

Rodt : Café "Biermuseum", Tomberg 77 - 4784 Rodt, Tel. 0032 (0)80 226 301, www.biermuseum.be  (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Montenau and Law : various catering facilities

St. Vith: Café-Restaurant Sit Down, Hauptstraße 36, Tel. 0032 (0)8039 87 56, www.sitdown.be  (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays)

St. Vith: Restaurant Pip Margraff, Hauptstraße 7, Tel. 0032 (0)80 228663, www.pip.be 

St. Vith: Restaurant Steineweiher, Rodter Straße 32, Tel. 0032 (0)80 227270, www.steineweiher.be  (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays)

St. Vith: Café Ratskeller, Hauptstraße 40, Tel. 0032 (0)80 22 73 33

Start of the tour

Cultural Centre Triangel, Vennbahnstraße 2. with your back to Café Trottinette (in the Triangel) take the cycle path on the right in the direction of Kn 132 / Kn 32

Coordinates

  • DD 50.28608 , 6.12878

End of the tour

Cultural Centre Triangel, Vennbahnstraße 2.

Route

Follow the cycle route nodes: 84 > 50 > 35 > 39 > 32 > 34 > 156 > 161 > 165 > 160 > 169 > 66 > 52 > 49 > 84

By public transport

By train: www.belgianrail.be 

By bus: www.infotec.be 

Please use the route planner.

Parking

Triangel St.Vith

Arriving by train, car or bicycle

Follow the instructions!

Recommendations by the author

Cycling guides available in the East Belgium webshop (only in german, dutch & french) https://www.ostbelgien.eu/de/shop/buchmaterial?category_id=21 

Map recommended by the author

Free brochure "Ovelo - Cycling in the East Belgium hub system" in the webshop on (only available in german, french or dutch) www.ostbelgien.eu https://www.ostbelgien.eu/de/kostenlose-broschueren