Hohes Venn-Route - Through the landscape of the Hohes Venn

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
38.4 km
Duration
3:30h
Ascent
298 m
Descent
298 m
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Wildly romantic and at the same time somewhat eerie, this is probably the best way to describe this tour. Where many hiker used to get lost and die on the moor, cyclists can now cycle on safe trails.

The tour leads through the middle of the "Hohes Venn" high moor area, which is unique in Europe. The wild and romantic moorland landscape delights in all seasons with its splendour of plants: in spring tender white-pink spots of cranberry and rosemary heather, in early summer white cotton grass flakes, in late summer and autumn the purple heather, after the first frost the rusty orange moor grass and in winter the bizarre silhouettes of the gnarled moor birches that give the Venn a scary and beautiful aura. In addition, there are eerie stories of lost hikers who lost their lives in the Hohes Venn and who still remind us of numerous crossroads today. Most of them don't end up happy. Murdered, drowned, frozen, mysteriously dead. Probably the best-known cross of misfortune is "The Cross of the Fiancée". A couple that died here in a blizzard.

 

The tour leads through the middle of the "Hohes Venn" high moor area, which is unique in Europe. The wild and romantic moorland landscape delights in all seasons with its splendour of plants: in spring tender white-pink spots of cranberry and rosemary heather, in early summer white cotton grass flakes, in late summer and autumn the purple heather, after the first frost the rusty orange moor grass and in winter the bizarre silhouettes of the gnarled moor birches that give the Venn a scary and beautiful aura. In addition, there are eerie stories of lost hikers who lost their lives in the Hohes Venn and who still remind us of numerous crossroads today. Most of them don't end up happy. Murdered, drowned, frozen, mysteriously dead. Probably the best-known cross of misfortune is "The Cross of the Fiancée". A couple that died here in a blizzard.

 

But there is also a lot to discover outside the high moor area, e.g. the idyllic Osthertogenforest, which nature conservationists are slowly but steadily defoliating and returning to a mixed forest. At the  Weser valley dam, a restaurant with a panoramic terrace and playground invites families with children in particular to stay. The almost fairytale-like and densely overgrown valley of the Weser is also absolutely worth seeing.

 

If you want to know more about the life of the people in the past days, a visit to the farmers museum in Lammersorf, located directly on the Vennbahn, is recommended. An old half-timbered house was furnished just as the ancestors did at the turn of the century.

 

Highlights:   

-Hohes Venn   

-Osthertogenn forest   

-Weser Valley  

-Weser valley dam   

-Crossroads in the Venn   

-Farmers Museum Lammersdorf

Author’s recommendation

Discover the beauty of the Hohes Venn even without a bicycle and treat yourself to a day of hiking in the Venn. Wooden footbridges lead you safely through the marshes.
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Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
600 m
Lowest point
345 m
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Rest Stop

Genagelter Stein
Schriever’s Hoff

Safety information

Stay on the signposted paths and please be considerate of other users of the paths.

Tips, hints and links

Roetgen-Touristik e. V.

Mühlenstraße 2

52159 Roetgen

Phone: +49 (2471) 4633 und 8478

Fax: +49 (2471) 677

E-Mail: info@roetgen-touristik.de

Homepage: www.roetgen-touristik.de

  

Monschauer Land Touristik e.V.

Seeufer 3

52152 Simmerath

Phone:  +49 (0)2472 / 804822

Email:info@eifel-tipp.de

Homepage : www.eifeltipp.de

 

Naturparkzentrum Botrange

Route de Botrange 131

B-4950 Robertville

Phone: +32 (0)80 44 03 00    

Fax: +32 (0)80 44 44 29

E-mail: info@botrange.be

Homepage: www.botrange.be

Start

B 258 Roetgen Post bus stop (415 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.646849, 6.183538
UTM
32U 300889 5614339

Destination

B 258 Roetgen Post bus stop

Turn-by-turn directions

The landscape in and around the Hautes Fagnes is rather hilly. There are no steep ascents, but there are always up and down. First the asphalted Vennbahnweg is used for 7.5 kilometres, followed by well paved paths, partly with and partly without asphalt. Outside Roetgen, the route mainly leads over car-free or at least traffic-free fields and forest paths.

 

Track layout

From the Roetgen Post stop, take the Bundesstraße uphill for 200 m and turn left on the former Vennbahn after the next traffic light at the level of the traffic island. Follow this road to the main road shortly before Konzen, and follow the accompanying cycle path to junction 24 via the Belgian junctions 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 41, 42, 43, 46 to the German junction 11, where you take the Vennbahn (from July in the direction of junction 12) to the crossing of the main road. Along the main road it then goes 400 m downhill back to the starting point.

Public transport

How to get to the starting point in Roetgen:

During the week it is difficult to travel by public transport, as it is only possible to take bicycles with you in the vehicles during off-peak times.

On Sundays and public holidays, however, it is recommended to travel from Aachen to the National Park region by bicycle bus, which transports bicycles via Roetgen, Lammersdorf, Einruhr in a special trailer during the summer months. However, the bicycle bus does not stop at Roetgen station but continues to the old post office. To get to the starting point, simply follow the B 258 back to the starting point of the tour. Further information on the bicycle bus can be found at: www.avv.de/rad

 Please note that passengers with prams and wheelchair users always have priority over cyclists. The personnel in the vehicles can decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not to take bicycles with them. 

Your personal connection information to the nearest stop "Roetgen, Bahnhof" with tariff information and conditions for travelling by public transport is available at: www.avv.de .

Getting there

For individual planning of your journey by car, use our route planner and enter "Roetgen, Rosentalstraße" as your destination.

Parking

You can park your car free of charge on Rosentalstraße or Bundesstraße and reach the starting point a few metres away.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Unterwegs mit Pittchen Pedale, Radwandern in der Städteregion Aachen, Radwegekarte [On the way with Pittchen Pedale, bicycle touring in StädteRegion Aachen, biking map] 1:50.000 with accompanying booklet, Price: 7,50 €, ISBN 978-3-89899-529-0, Meyer & Meyer Verlag

Equipment

With the weather adapted clothing, enough water and a little food you are well equipped for the tour.
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Updated: March 12, 2020

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