From the "Trois Frontières" panoramic tour, a symbolic place situated on the territorial boundary of Gemmenich Village in Belgium and the cities of Vaals in the Netherlands and Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen in Germany, you will cross Pays de Herve from east to west following Line 38. This old railway line, a pioneer of its kind, is a symbol of the RAVeL network and its friendliness. It has taken years of the local population rallying for the public authorities to take the plunge with equipment, which still continues today and will continue in the coming years.

Throughout Line 38, the meadows and orchards lead you to discover the local produce. Herve cheese, Liège syrup, Liège meatballs, abbey cider and beers and craft breweries can be enjoyed as much in old farmhouses transformed into guesthouses or in gourmet restaurants, as in the old Herve station, today converted into a Visitor Centre with bar facilities and the sale of local products. Feel free to stop by the Grain d'Orge brewery in Hombourg, Val-Dieu Abbey near Aubel or even Clermont-sur-Berwinne, one of the most beautiful villages in Wallonia. In fact, in May 1940 the German troops entered Belgium via this region, the scars of this invasion are still present at the Laschet tunnel in Hombourg, the American Henri-Chapelle cemetery and the Fort of Battice.

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At the place known as "Trois Frontières", head towards Route des Trois Bornes towards Gemmenich and follow number 91 of the “points-nœuds” network in the Belgian province of Limburg, then number 1 of the “points-nœuds” network VeloTour of the east Belgium Tourism Agency. This connecting route of about ten kilometres on public roads is slightly hilly. When you arrive at the number 1 junction in Sippenaeken, take rue Terhaegen, then Rue de Sippenaeken until Hombourg following signposts to "Herve" and the EV3 logo. The RAVeL Line 38 begins at the bottom of rue de la Station in Hombourg. The latter leads you safely, on dedicated cycle paths, to Herve through the villages of Aubel, Froidthier, Thimister and Battice.

Surfacing: Asphalt on the road, then lime-ash on RAVeL Line 38. In wet weather, many muddy pathways on line 38.

Incline: between the Trois Frontières and the beginning of RAVeL Line 38 in Hombourg, three short sections have gradients of 5 to 8%. On the RAVeL, negligible gradient, but slight, almost constant, rise to Herve.

Signposting: Between the Trois Bornes and Sippenaeken, follow number "91" of Belgian Limbourg province’s points-nœuds network, then number "1" of the VeloTour points-nœuds network signs. Between Sippenaeken and Herve, follow the signposting usually present on the RAVeL.

Safety, precautions: watch out for car traffic between the Trois Frontières and the beginning of RAVeL Line 38 in Hombourg. On RAVeL Line 38, pay attention to road crossings.

Connections: shared stage with W2 regional route.

Practical information:

Starting point: Panoramic Tour of the Trois Frontières, Route des Trois Bornes 99, 4851 Gemmenich (Plombières)

Lambert 72 coordinates: X: 266600m - Y: 161635m

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°45'12.72"N - Longitude: 6°1'16.53"E

Access by Train: The Hauptbahnhof main train station in Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen (D) is a little more than 6km from the starting point of the route at the place known as "Trois Frontières".

Parking: large car park at the place known as "Trois Frontières".

Rest areas: Trois Frontières, Herve.

Guides/maps:

  • RAVeL map of the Liège province published by the SPW (Public Service of Wallonia). This map, called "More RAVeL, more fun", can be ordered for free by clicking here.
  • RAVeL Line 38 Leaflet published by the Pays de Herve Tourist Office

Cycling around the route:

  • VeloTour – Hautes Fagnes points-nœuds cycle network – Eifel
  • Cycle networks in points-nœuds of the Belgian and Dutch Limbourg Provinces.
  • Between Aubel and Herve, the apple-tree ride, approximately 32km cycle loop.

Variation: as an alternative, you can start the stage at the city Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen (D), which is about 6km from the starting point of the route, at a place known as "Trois Frontières".

Practical info

Bike rental and maintenance along the route

Lou'Emoi
 
Rue du Tilleul, 36 4890 Thimister-Clermont
La Roue Libre
 
rue de Herve, 83 4651 Battice
+3286214090
http://www.larouelibre.be
info@larouelibre.be

Tourism office

Office du Tourisme de Plombières
 
Rue César Franck, 24 4851 Gemmenich
+3287787027
http://www.gemmenich.be
officetourisme.plombieres@gmail.com
Office du Tourisme du Pays d'Aubel
 
Place Nicolaï, 1 4880 Aubel
+3287680139
http://www.aubel-info.eu
tourisme@aubel.be
Maison du tourisme du Pays de Herve
Bike rental     Maintenance
Place de la Gare, 1 4650 Herve
+3287693170
http://www.paysdeherve.be
info@paysdeherve.be

Attractions

Culture
Clermont-sur-Berwinne
Clermont-sur-Berwinne

Clermont-sur-Berwinne, surrounded by pastureland, is one of the Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia.

Clermont 4890 Thimister-Clermont
+32(0) 87 44 65 16
https://www.thimister-clermont.be/
Culture
Trois bornes Site
Trois bornes Site

3 Bornes, the meeting point of Belgium, Holland and Germany. Impressive network of footpaths and panoramic high tower.

Route des Trois Bornes, 99 4851 Gemmenich
+32(0)87 78 76 10
Culture
Abbey of Val-Dieu
Abbey of Val-Dieu

Abbey of Val-Dieu, founded by the Cistercians in 1216. Courtyard, church, remarkable park, brewery,…

Val Dieu, 227 4880 Aubel
+3287692828
http://www.val-dieu.net
infotourist@val-dieu.net
Culture
Fortress of Battice
Fortress of Battice

Battice Fort, from the XXII century is an interesting visit 35m underground.

N 648, 4651 Battice
0497 20 77 82
http://www.fort-battice.net
rene.coune@teledisnet.be