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Vennbahn 060 Töpfereimuseum Raeren©vennbahn.eu

Stage 1
From Aachen to Raeren

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From Aachen to Raeren
Embark on an Epic Journey of Bike Adventure

Explore the first leg 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 the Eastern Cantons.

  22,2 km








Discover the beauty of East Belgium
on your way through nature

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Suitable for all types of bicycles


50.770615, 6.117406

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Vennbahnweg, Aachen, Deutschland

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TI Aachen 

 TI Raeren

Stage 1

From Aachen to Raeren

Rollefbachviadukt ©Grünmetropole e.V.

Stage 1

From Aachen to Raeren

Go on a discovery journey and enjoy the diverse landscapes of the 1st stage of the Vennbahn between Aachen and Raeren. Your tour starts at the main station of the UNESCO World Heritage City, Aachen. Here, you hop on your bike and cycle to the station Aachen-Rothe Erde, where the Vennbahn cycle path starts. From here, you ride toward the former train station in Raeren. On your way from Germany to East Belgium you'll see viaducts, pastoral villages and abandoned train stations.

Aachen: Explore the World Heritage site of Aachen

Vennbahn_Aachen_Rote_Erde_01 (c)vennbahn.eu

Aachen: Explore the World Heritage site of Aachen

The itinerary from Aachen’s main station to the start of the Vennbahn at Rothe Erde is signposted. There, you’ll also find several parking spaces. In Aachen-Brand, you’ll get to the former station building that has been transformed into a restaurant with a beer garden. Just a few more kilometres along the way, you’ll find a Vennbahn bike service station, before getting to the Rollefbach viaduct and on to Kornelimünster.

Kornelimünster: A Must-Visit Stop


Kornelimünster: A Must-Visit Stop

Once arrived in Kornelimünster, you might like to take the small detour to the historical old town. You’ll see the “Bahnhofsvision”, yet another former train station that now serves as a restaurant. Its terrace right on the Vennbahn invites you to relax.

The Magic of the First Stage: Forests, Train Cafe, and Pottery History in Raeren


The Magic of the First Stage: Forests, Train Cafe, and Pottery History in Raeren

After marvelling at the old Diesel locomotives at Walheim station, you’ll enter Belgian territory for the first time of your ride. Idyllic woods and meadows lead you to the end of your stage, the former station of Raeren, in the café of which you could savour Belgian specialities. On this spot, old trains are still being restored. You’ll find out more about the intriguing history of this place in the Pottery Museum of Raeren Castle.


Find your way

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Safety notice: A few tips for a trouble-free journey

  • Use of the Vennbahn cycling and hiking trail is at your own risk
  • No liability is assumed for any damage resulting from negligence on the part of the user
  • The Vennbahn is only for use by non-motorised traffic (speed limit: 30 km/h, E-bikes: max. 25 km/h, E-Scooter: max. 18 km/h)
  • The respective national Highway Code shall apply
  • The markings and signposting shall always be decisive
  • Always proceed at a controlled speed so that you can avoid any obstacles in good time
  • In case of an accident, call 112 and tell them your location

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The first stage of the Vennbahn starts at Aachen-Rothe Erde station and ends at the former station in Raeren.

The old town of Aachen, Café Bahnhofsvision in Kornelimünster, and the station café in Raeren are among the highlights of the first stage of the Vennbahn.