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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 > 160 > 169 > 66 > 52 > 49 > 84

Hints

The slate mine at Recht. It's near Node 56. Until 1908, the famous blue slate was mined here. Guided tours through the mine, 800 m in length are available from 10 am to 5 pm. (except mondays).

Difficulty

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Distance 28.1 km
  • Duration 2:05 h.
  • Highest point 241 m
  • Lowest point 241 m
Loop

Geographical location

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

Details

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Stamina
  • Experiential value
  • Landscape
  • Highest point 569 m
  • Lowest point 437 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

East Belgium Tourist Agency npo

Hauptstraße 54

4780 Sankt Vith

+32 80 22 76 64

info@ostbelgien.eu 

www.ostbelgien.eu  

BE 0715 454 578 - RJP/RPM Eupen

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 50.280586 , 6.130278

End of the tour

Cultural Centre Triangel, Vennbahnstraße 2.

Route

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

By public transport

www.belgiantrain.be  

www.letec.be 

Please use the route planner.

Parking

Triangel Sankt 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 East Belgiums junction node system" download on  www.ostbelgien.eu/de/kostenlose-broschueren (only available in german, french or dutch)