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The Vennbahn,
one of Europe's longest cycle paths on a disused railway track

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Cycling pleasure without borders

The Vennbahn is one of the longest cycling trails on disused railway tracks in Europe. Spanning across 3 countries, completely paved and featuring gentle slopes, it offers an immersive experience in nature, border flair and captivating stories on the 125 km of the Vennbahn.

  3 countries

on a former railway track

  125 kilometres

in the heart of nature

  6 stages

of cycling pleasure

  11 loops

around the Vennbahn

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Cycle the Vennbahn in 6 stages !

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Stage 1 : Aachen Raeren

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± 1h30

Explore the first stage of the Vennbahn route, beginning in Aachen and winding your way to Raeren, encountering viaducts and picturesque villages. Get ready for a unique adventure along this converted railway track, offering an unforgettable experience through Germany and East Belgium.

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Stage 2 : Raeren Monschau

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± 1h45

Explore the second stage of the Vennbahn, through peaceful forests and seamless border crossings. Monschau, a charming town in the Eifel region, awaits you with its beautifully preserved half-timbered houses and picturesque scenery

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Stage 3 : Monschau Waimes

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± 1h45

The third stage of the Vennbahn takes you through diverse landscapes, from moor ponds to lush meadows, all the way to the High Fens. Explore the Belgian border at Kalterherberg and Leykaul before concluding your journey at the former railway station in Waimes.

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Stage 4 : Waimes Sankt Vith

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± 1h10

Cycle peacefully from Waimes to Sankt Vith through lush hills. You'll encounter horses in the meadows and pass under the Freiherr-von-Korff viaduct on your way to the village Born. Finally, you'll discover the charming town of Sankt Vith in the heart of the Eifel.

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Stage 5 : Sankt Vith Burg-Reuland

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± 1h00

Make your way across idyllic landscapes along the river Our, pass through Lommersweiler tunnel, and finish with a spectacular panoramic view from the ruins of Reuland Castle.

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Stage 6 : Burg-Reuland Troisvierges

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± 1h15

Embark on this final stage, admire picturesque panoramas and uncover the importance of the protection of bats.

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Practical Information

Shuttle service

Taxi Feyen

 Alter Römerweg 12, B-4770 Amel
T. +32 80 34 93 02

Return by train

Via Liège Guillemins and Verviers Central

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The Vennbahn Map

The Vennbahn-map is a must-have for cyclists. With it, you’ll have all the tools at hand to plan your discovery of the Vennbahn. It showcases not only the main route, but also several connecting routes that link the Vennbahn to the surrounding regions and other long distance cycling trails. 

The map at a scale of 1:100,000 is available online for just EUR 5.- (plus shipping).

Order it now and start your adventure on the Vennbahn in East Belgium!

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About 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 network 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, the Wolfsbusch forest, the museum 'Zwischen Venn und Schneifel' in Sankt Vith, the picturesque Our valley, the castle ruins in Reuland, the tunnels near Lommersweiler and Lengeler, the Europe monument in Ouren and the gardens around Troisvierges.

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Brief portrait

  • 6 stages through the most beautiful landscapes of the region
  • 125 kilometers surrounded by nature
  • 3 different countries with unique landscapes
  • 1 to 2 hours of biking per day

Frequently asked questions

If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to send us an email, we will be happy to help!

The Vennbahn is one of the cycle paths on disused railway tracks in Europe, with a length of 125 kilometres and traversing the three countries of Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The former railway line connected the coal regions around Aachen with the smelting plants in Luxembourg and Lorraine.

The Vennbahn starts at Aachen-Rothe Erde station (Germany) and runs across East Belgium and along the High Fens to Troisvierges (Luxembourg). As it is signposted in both directions, it can also be cycled in the opposite direction.

The Vennbahn is approximately 125 kilometres long. It can be cycled in 6 or 3 stages.

Yes, the Vennbahn is entirely asphalted.

No. With an average gradient of 2%, the Vennbahn is quite flat and easy to cycle. Only at the tunnel near Lengeler, you will have to reckon with an increased gradient for about one kilometre.

There are more than 50 bike-friendly accommodations along the Vennbahn, awarded with the "bed+bike" label by the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club (ADFC).

Yes, there are several campsites along the Vennbahn, and some of them are even located directly along the bike path.

Please note that wild camping is prohibited in Belgium!

The Vennbahn ends at Troisvierges railway station. It is possible to return to Aachen by train via Liège and Welkenraedt. Alternatively, various taxi companies in the region offer return transport. We recommend cycle taxis for groups of 4 people or more.