A few decades ago, mining shaped the border triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and its relics are still visible in many places. Besides floodplains and dumps, industrial monuments and mining settlements bear witness to the history of the region.
Immerse yourself in an exciting mixture of industrial culture and fascinating landscape. The route connects a total of six slag heaps of the former mining area: Anna-Noppenberg, Anna I and II, Adolf, Carl-Alexander and Carolus Magnus. After recultivation, a variety of leisure activities, breathtaking viewpoints and fascinating natural landscapes were created on the individual slagheaps. Besides the slagheaps, various industrial monuments such as the Alsdorf-Busch mining settlement, the nearby Anna energy landscape, the Energeticon or the mining machine house Grube Adolf in Herzogenrath bear witness to the mining history of the region.
Numerous castles and palaces along the way, such as Rode Castle as the landmarks of Herzogenrath, Rimburg Castle, Zweibrüggen Castle, Alsdorf Castle or Ottenfeld Castle, also recall days long gone when dukes and knights were still roaming the country.
The route also has an impressive landscape due to the idyllic forest, field and meadow landscapes along the Wurm and Broichbach valleys. The course of the water changes constantly due to the power of the flowing water, new channels, gravel banks, crumbling steep banks, abandoned river beds and new alluvial forests are constantly being created. The Broichbach valley also fascinates with its multifaceted flora and fauna.
Highlights entlang der Strecke:
Carolus Magnus with water tower
Carl Alexander Park stockpile
Energeticon and energy landscape Anna
Mining settlement Alt-Busch
Various possibilities in the city centres of Herzogenrath, Alsdorf, Baesweiler and Übach-Palenberg
Behind junction 35, immediately before crossing the railway line, there is a speed limit, which forces caution at low speeds and even with a blunt approach angle.
With the weather adapted clothing, enough water and a little food you are well equipped for the tour.