Two beautiful routes along the Meuse River and the Vennbahn Rail Trail are the basis for a „Tour d’Europe“ starting and ending in Maastricht, the town where the foundations were laid for the European Union with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. The International Meuse Route is a bicycle route along the meandering River Meuse between Maastricht in the Netherlands and the French town of Sedan which boasts Europe’s largest castle. On a connection route to the Vennbahn which starts in the Walloon region in the South of Belgium the route follows country roads past rolling cropfields and pastures on a high plateau. Imposing farmhouses dot this prosperous agricultural region. Characteristic Ardennes villages and unforgettable panoramas will hold you spellbound. Bouillon, a historical gem, and the town of Bastogne, known for the Ardennes counteroffensive near the end of World War II, are just two of the many historical highlights on this journey and therefore interesting places to stay overnight. The 125 km long Vennbahn trail is a cycle path on a former railway and crosses three countries. It finishes in Aachen, a town of historical significance, as the cathedral and gothic Town Hall testify. The Vennbahn trail was named as the cycle path of the year 2014.

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Itinerary

After leaving Maastricht, promptly cross the border into Belgium. Through the Flemish enclave of Voeren, cycle paths and quiet backroads take you to Hombourg. Continue to Raeren Castle which accommodates an excellent pottery museum. Next, it’s pleasant pedalling to Eupen.

Remarkably, nearly all of today’s route is closed to motorized vehicles. Climb gradually to a height of 660m above N.A.P. level, enjoying the natural beauty of the High Fens. From Kalterherberg on, the route follows the ‘Vennbahn’ cycling path. It’s an easy ride past Sourbrodt marshalling yard to Waimes; and then past Montenau artisanal ham smokery to Sankt Vith.

On the way to Luxembourg, still on the ‘Vennbahn’ cycling path, don’t miss the castle ruins of Burg Reuland. Shortly after, cross the border into Luxembourg to reach Troisvierges. At this point, choose either to catch a slow train to Clervaux or to cycle a splendid route with some stiff climbs and delightful descents!
Possibility to short this tour via a train ride (not incl.).

Heute führt die Radroute durch anspruchsvolles Gelände. Vorbei am Dreiländerpunkt Luxemburg-Belgien-Deutschland rollen die Räder durch das Ourtal. Die Strecke führt hier zwanzig Kilometer in leichtem Auf und Ab auf wenig befahrener Straße, ein landschaftlicher Höhepunkt der Reise. Wo das Ourtal nach Osten abbiegt, führt Ihre Route mit einigen längeren Steigungen weiter nordwärts. Einmal ‘oben’ folgen Sie einer aussichtsreichem Weg. Auf romantischen einsamen Wegen gelangen Sie zu Ihrem Etappenziel.

Take it easy today! Cross the dam at scenic Robertville Reservoir to reach the lively town of Robertville. The route then runs back into the High Fens and back to Kalterherberg. Revel in breathtaking landscapes before arriving in the famous town of Monschau.   

On your final cycling day, head back from the centre of Monschau to the Vennbahn rail trail. A visit to the monumental town of Kornelimünster is a must. After a long descent you will reach the town of Aachen, once the centre of Charlemagne’s empire. From Aachen, it’s only a few kilometres to the border with the Netherlands and the Dutch town of Kerkrade. That is where you get on a train to Maastricht; and relax and enjoy while the hills of scenic southern Limburg glide by like a protracted panorama.

Tour character

This route leads almost continuously on different cycle paths along the Meuse and further on along the Vennbahn. Some stages are hilly, a good basic condition is recommended.

Services and infos

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
  • If half board is booked: 6x 3 course meal
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Detailed travel documents
  • car park at the hotel free of charge (no reservation required)
  • Train journey from Kerkrade – Maastricht incl. your bike
  • Cup of coffee/tee and cake
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Maastricht train station
  • Maastricht airport
  • Car park at the hotel, free of charge, no reservation possible/necesary
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