Explore the diverse landscape of the German-Belgian border region between Monschau and Sourbrodt on this tour. Whether spruce forests, the idyllic Rur valley or the unique High Fagnes in Europe, there is a lot to discover in terms of landscape.
The tour starts at the former Monschaus railway station, which is located outside the historic city centre. The tour takes us over the Vennbahn to Sourbrodt. Where once trains ran on coal and steel, today cyclists can explore the unique low mountain range landscape of the Eifel/Ardennes comfortably and with little gradient. On our way we pass the former smugglerdor Mützenich and after only a few kilometres we reach the viaduct of Reichenstein, which offers a wonderful view of the surroundings and provides a breath of adventure. From Kalterherberg we leave Germany and the tour leads to Belgian territory.
The unique heath landscape announces the Hohes Venn-Eifel Nature Park. As a gigantic water reservoir, this fascinating moorland area ensures that there are numerous streams and rivers to bridge. Behind the excellently preserved station building of Sourbrodt we leave the Vennbahn. A short time later, the Rur shore cycle path leads us back to Monschau. The splashing Rur accompanies us on our way past Reichenstein Monastery and Norbertus Chapel until we finally reach the centre of the former cloth making town of Monschau with its splendidly preserved idyll of half-timbered houses. Here we end the day with a leisurely stroll through the old town or in one of the cosy cafes before returning to the starting point.
Highlights along the route:
- Reichenstein Viaduct
- Kalterherberg-Sourbrodt trolley route
- Sourbrodt station building
- High Fagnes
- Rur Valley
- Reichenstein Monastery
- Historical Old Town Monschau with Red House
Gastronomy along the route
You will find restaurants in the centres of Monschau, Mützenich, Kalterherberg and Sourbrodt.