Long-distance routes and tour tips
The Vennbahn is the name of a railway that once connected Aachen with northern Luxembourg. Today cyclists follow the disused railway line through the Eifel region, the Ardennes and the Hohes Venn nature reserve.
With hardly any notable climbs, the railway tracks meander along the German-Belgian border, which they regularly cross. Upland moors and heaths dominate the landscape in the Hohes Venn (High Fens) nature reserve. Around Monschau, Robertville and Weywertz, huge hedges offer protection from high winds. The route also passes through the picturesque Our valley with its gently rising uplands and narrow ravines. The Vennbahn Route is nothing if not diverse – with UNESCO World Heritage sites in Aachen and an idyllic old town in Kornelimünster.
Terrain: family-friendly route on disused railway lines, with hardly any notable climbs. The paths are mainly on asphalt and mostly traffic-free.
Scenery: the route crosses the Eifel region, the Ardennes and the Hohes Venn (High Fens) nature reserve, as well as landscapes featuring hedge-framed pastures, riverscapes and reservoir lakes.