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The Munsterkerk in Roermond, the Netherlands

Aachen Stroll Tour

Two rivers, three countries

7 Days / 6 Nights
The Munsterkerk in Roermond, the Netherlands

You start in the beautiful cathedral city of Aachen and cycle leisurely along the little river Rur via the historic fortified town of Jülich to the Dutch border town of Roermond. Here the Rur flows into the Meuse. Look forward to this varied course of the river, as the Meuse offers the most beautiful and well-developed cycle paths all the way to the medieval university town of Maastricht with its lively cultural scene. Cycle back and forth through the Dutch-Belgian border region. In this leisure Eldorado, visit pretty little towns such as the white city of Thorn or Alt-Rekem, which was voted the "Most Beautiful Place in Flanders" in 2008. The cultural highlight of the round trip is the final stage from Maastricht to Aachen through the province of South Limburg with its many picturesque villages, castles, fortresses and churches and the fascinating underground cave world of Valkenburg.

Itinerary at a glance

The cathedral city of Aachen, the university city of Maastricht, and the charming Old Rekem are only a few of the stops along the leisurely Three-Country Tour. Look forward to taking a swim in the Effelder Waldsee and visiting Daelenbrook Castle.

Look forward to the old cathedral city of Aachen and the famous Aachen Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and savour the famous "Aachener Printen".

Take a leisurely train ride to Eschweiler, where you hop on your bike and follow the small Inde river. At the foot of the Goldstein hilltop, it's worth taking a detour up to the Indemann, whose viewing platform offers spectacular views of the neighbouring open-cast lignite mine "Inden". Your flat cycle stage leads directly along the edge of the mining area! Passing the idyllic Lucherberger lake, you reach the lively little river Rur, which takes you to Jülich with its citadel.

How beautiful! A whole day awaits you on the varied Rur-Ufer cycle path! Here, wide open farmland alternates with small villages. You cycle along the well-signposted flat cycle path, mostly directly alongside the idyllic course of the river. Some quarry ponds along the way tempt you to take a break for a swim - including the Effelder Waldsee. It offers a lovely terrace for excursions in the immediate vicinity of the hotel.

You quickly cross the border and cycle along the most beautiful Dutch cycle paths. Daelenbrook Castle and the Romanesque basilica in Sankt Odilienberg lie along the way before you reach the mouth of the Rhine in the old Hanseatic city of Roermond. Marvel at the many listed buildings in the city centre, dominated by the cathedral. A stroll through the enchanting pedestrian zone is a highlight of this journey. From now on, the navigable Meuse will be your new companion. You cycle along embankment paths and well-maintained cycle paths through this varied water landscape to the white town of Thorn with its listed village centre and beautiful abbey church. Now it's not far to the hotel in Maaseik in Belgium. You will have cycled through three countries in one day!

Along the Meuse, you will cross the national border again and again as you cycle through the narrowest part of the Netherlands, which is only 4.8 kilometres wide here. Marvel at the oxbow lakes, nature reserves and the many Meuse lakes, which offer a variety of water sports. The heart of this special cycling region beats here with its beautiful cafés and beer gardens. In the afternoon, the picturesque church village of "Oud-Rekem", which was voted the "most beautiful village in Flanders" in 2008, beckons before you reach the medieval university city of Maastricht. Stroll through the historic city centre, which is home to around 1500 monuments, and marvel at the Gothic St. John's Church (Sint Janskerk).

Today you leave the familiar river landscape and cycle through the slightly hilly Zuid-Limburg. Look forward to the tourist centre of the southernmost region of the Netherlands. Marvel at the historic towns, old half-timbered houses, watermills, castles, fortresses and country estates. There are always romantic places to stop for a bite to eat! Cycle through the narrow valley of the Geul to Valkenburg with its extensive system of tunnels in the Fluweelen Grotto, before cycling back to Aachen via Vaals.

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Route information


The cycle tour runs on almost completely flat routes with daily stages of 35-55 km on average.

Prices & Dates

Category: comfortable middle-class hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Aachen train station
  • Hotel parking spaces, approx. EUR 11 to EUR 14 per day, no reservation possible, payable on site. Alternatively, public car parks to be paid for near the hotel

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Train ride Aachen – Eschweiler on your own, costs approx. EUR 10 per person incl. bike
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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