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.
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.
- 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".