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Aachen: sportive tour through 3 countries

Sportive Tour through the Eifel, the Netherlands and Belgium

Bike tour
7 Days / 6 Nights
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moderate
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This round trip starts in the cathedral city of Aachen and combines a variety of landscape experiences on a variety of bike paths. The first stage leads on the well-known Vennbahntrasse up in the Eifel and on to the Rurstausee, the second largest reservoir in Germany. Continue on the Rur follow this insider's tip among cycling friends via the historic fortress town of Jülich to the Dutch border town of Roermond. Here, the Rur flows into the Meuse and this varied river offers the most beautiful and well-developed bike paths to the medieval university city of Maastricht with its vibrant cultural scene. Here you cycle cheerfully back and forth in the Dutch-Belgian border area. In this leisure dorado you can visit nice little towns like the white town of Thorn or Alt-Rekem, which in 2008 was voted the "most beautiful place in Flanders". The cultural highlight of the round trip is the final stage from Maastricht to Aachen through the province of South Limburg with its many picturesque villages, palaces, castles and churches and the fascinating underground cave world of Valkenburg.

This trip is perfect for people who:

  • Undecided travellers: On this trip you don't have to decide on one country as your destination, travel to three!
  • sporty people who like to do a few more kilometres and still enjoy the beautiful wine landscape
  • People who like it flat and love wine, as there are many wine villages worth discovering along the way 

Highlights

Aachen - Baths and Science City
The city of Aachen can look back on a 2000-year history with many sights. Even the Romans settled in Aachen, because they appreciated the thermal springs, which are located below the present city center.

Aachen sights

Rursee (Rur Lake)
The Rursee was put into operation in 1939 and the reservoir is the second largest reservoir in Germany. Special features of the Rurstausees are the island Eichert, the peninsula Tonsberg and the peninsula Eschauel with the same name beach, which can be reached on foot, depending on the water level.

Rursee

Fort Sint Pieter - Maastricht Underground
The fascinating world of Maastricht Underground is open to visitors year-round. On St. Pietersberg century. Originally it had a military function and the Maastrichtians defended themselves here against the French. 

Fort Sint Pieter

Valkenburg and the Fluweelengrot
There is a lot to see and do in Valkenburg and surroundings. Valkenburg itself is best known for its marl caves. In Valkenburg, or better, under Valkenburg, a fascinating world opens up in the "community grotto". 

Valkenburg

Aachen: sportive tour through 3 countries

moderate
Bike tour
7 Days / 6 Nights
individual tour
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Come to Aachen early today - it's worth it! The Aachen Cathedral was the first German building in the list of UNESCO World Heritage listed in 1978. It is the coronation church of 30 German kings, the burial place of Charlemagne and until today a significant pilgrimage church with a unique cathedral treasury. On a leisurely tour, you can also visit the historic 14th-century town hall and visit the new city museum before enjoying the famous "Aachener Printen", which are not only offered at Christmas time in a variety of flavors.

Today you cycle quite sporty on the railway line of the former Vennbahn up in the Eifel. In wide arches, the developed bike path winds gently uphill through the wooded landscape and overspans at the picturesque village Kornelimünster with its many listed old town houses on two spectacular viaducts deeply cut valleys. On short sections, the route also leads through Belgium and on up to the highest point of the entire journey at 550m altitude on the edge of the “Hohen Venn”. After 40 km you leave the Vennbahn cycle path and well deserved you cycle downhill via small Eifel villages to the Rurstausee at 300m altitude, which offers a unique scenic backdrop in the middle of the Eifel National Park. At the end of the stage the Rurstausee invites you to swim.

Cycling in the morning on the idyllic lakeshore - this atmosphere remains unforgettable and accompanies you the first 15 km of this day till you reach the dam. Even then, the Rur shore bike path is well developed and follows the numerous turns of the river through the nature reserve north Eifel on the pilgrimage Heimbach, the reservoir Obermaubach and on to Kreuzau, the gateway to the Eifel. Now the landscape changes, at Düren, the valley continues and the bike path runs as a dirt road always directly on the lively river to Jülich. Here a visit to Brückenkopfpark and the citadel is worthwhile.

Another full day on the versatile Rur bike path! Today, vast open fields dominate alternating with small villages. Not for nothing this fertile landscape was once the granary of the "Holy Roman Empire". The flat bike path usually runs directly on the idyllic shore and some lakes on the way lure with varied bathing breaks. Especially the Effelder Waldsee with its fine sandy beach and the beautiful terrace invite you to take a break before you cross the border. On beautiful Dutch cycle paths you come past the castle Daelenbrook to St. Odilienberg with the remarkable Romanesque basilica. As the grand finale of today's stage, you will reach the Rur mouth in the Maas in the old Hanseatic town of Roermond. The many listed buildings in the city center are dominated by the cathedral and a stroll through the old town will immerse you in the relaxed Dutch way of life.

From now on, the navigable Maas is your companion and new causeways serve as well-developed and signposted bike paths through this diverse water landscape. In the morning, the white town of Thorn, with the listed village center and the beautiful abbey church, attracts visitors to a worthwhile stop. From now on, the river forms the border between the Netherlands and Belgium, and the cycle path repeatedly changes its border. Here is the heart of this special cycling region, nature lovers and recreational athletes will be both happy, because old arms as nature reserves change with Maas-Lake, which allow a variety of water sports. All the area is surrounded by the Maas! Numerous beautiful cafés and shady beer gardens invite you to take a break. Another highlight is the church village "Oud-Rekem", which was named the most beautiful village of Flanders in 2008. Finally you cycle to the medieval university city of Maastricht and dive into the vibrant cultural scene or stroll in the ancient city center between almost 1500 monuments.

Today you can expect a new landscape, because the route leaves the river landscape and leads through the slightly hilly Zuid-Limburg. This is the tourist heart of the southernmost region of the Netherlands and the hub of the border triangle "Netherlands - Germany - Belgium". The varied day's tour leads through historic towns with churches, half-timbered houses and watermills and to castles, manors and country estates, which often entice with romantic retreats. You cycle in the narrow valley of the Geul to Valkenburg, the picturesque excursion destination with old aristocratic seats, preserved city gates, a romantic old town and the unique Fluweelengrotte with its carved in sandstone widely branched corridor system. From here you continue on small roads through this hilly landscape of Holland over Gulpen and Vaals back to Aachen, where the distinctive cathedral can be seen from afar.

Today ends the beautiful round trip at the Rur and Maas in the border triangle.

We spoil you in Rurberg in an atmospheric ambience with a delicious 3-course Eifel menu in the Genießer-Wirtshaus.

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Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services/ Info

All-carefree service
  • Accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Room with shower/bath/WC
  • Luggage transport
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Digital route guidance via smartphone app
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service
other included services
  • 3-course menu in Rurberg (Rurstausee)

Worth knowing about your Aachen: sportive tour through 3 countries

Please find more information about your bike trip "Aachen: sportive tour through 3 countries". If you have any further question please feel free to contact us by phone: +49-(0)6421-886890.

Arrival by train

Aachen is easily accessible by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to reach our partner hotels in Aachen. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:

Train schedule information

Parking facilities at the hotel

There are parking spaces near the hotels as well as Park and Ride spaces near to Aachen, from where you can continue with a cheap P + R bus ticket to the city: at the Westfriedhof (Vaalser Straße ), at the Tivoli (Krefelder Straße) and at the Jülicher Straße corner Berliner Ring. You will receive detailed information about the parking facilities at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of the journey.

Condition of cycle paths
During this bike tour you will cycle on bike paths (round about 80%) with some hilly stages from 50 to 73 km.

Rental bikes

Extra costs that are not included in the tour price

A certain applicable tourism tax is not included in the travel price and has to be paid at the hotel on site.

7 day hotline service

Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty suprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

For all those who want to combine comfort with sustainability and only require digital travel documents, we grant a discount of € 20.00 per room.
Please let us know at the time of booking whether you would like to use printed or digital travel documents.

Available rental bikes

7 speed bike
27 speed bike
Velociped E-Bike
7 speed bike

We would recommend the 7-speed tourer for all those that are looking for a back-pedal brake and wide gel seat for maximum comfort in an upright sitting position. It is equipped with a simple hub gear shift and is perfectly suited to tours on flat to slightly hilly terrain.

27 speed bike

The 27-speed tourer is the best choice for cyclists that value the advantages of the dérailleur gear shift for flexibility whilst going up and down hills. This bike allows you to be a little more active without compromising on saddle comfort and practical everyday suitability.

Velociped E-Bike

 

E-bikes combine a lot of advantages. The electric drive ensures a completely relaxed cycling, even during long tours or on hilly routes. Other features, such as a suspension seat post and front fork plus well-tuned gears, ensure additional riding comfort.

Your travel expert for this tour

I provide you with advice and assistance

Steffi Groß

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