The Vennbahn bike path, was internationally awarded on several occasions and is one of the longest rail bike paths in Europe, leading through three countries: Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The path stretches from Aachen, straight through East Belgium, to Troisvierges, offering 125 km of fascinating landscapes, border country atmosphere, history, and stories of the Vennbahn.
The still partially extant rail network bears silent witness to past glories at Raeren station. The route continues through the forested German-Belgian frontier region up towards Roetgen, the “Gateway to the Eifel”. This is where the route begins to cross from Belgium to Germany and back again, changing sides of the border several times in its curving climb up this stage. The background of forest begins to thin out and as one approaches Lammersdorf and Konzen the landscape takes on an aspect reminiscent of Swiss alpine foothills. It maintains this quality as one arrives in Monschau, the former textile weaving town with its beautifully preserved and imposing timber-framed houses.