Benelux by bike: from the Netherlands to Luxembourg

A cycling trip through 4 countries: the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg

Highlights

Landscape diversity
Schiessentümpel waterfall
Gorges du Loup
Aachen Cathedral
Eifel National Park
Medieval Reinhardstein Castle
The many culinary specialities

Cross-border cycling in the Benelux countries

From Maastricht to Luxembourg, pedal between the borders of Benelux and Germany, discovering different cultures in territories steeped in history, with soothing natural landscapes.

Here you are, at the start of a cross-border journey into the heart of Europe. Cycle through the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. And to kick off this cyclo-tourist odyssey, you set off from Maastricht, famous for one of the founding treaties of the European Union in 1992. Between beautiful greenways such as the Vannbahn cycle path and small country roads, criss-cross the Benelux countries and Germany in complete safety.

This holiday offers a variety of landscapes: hills, lakeside areas, vast dark forests, agricultural fields, there’s something for everyone. The hills give travelers the chance to get up high and enjoy beautiful panoramic views. One example is the climb up the Vaalserberg hill. Here, you’re right on the border between the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Forests such as the Eifel, wilderness areas such as the Our Nature Park, lakes and agricultural fields guarantee landscapes where green prevails. Another natural wonder, the Gorges du Loup, is on your route and can be visited on foot.

This journey between the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg is also rich in history and culture. In Wallonia, don’t miss Reinhardstein Castle, while in the Grand Duchy’s countryside, Beaufort Castle is an ensemble featuring the ruins of a medieval fortress and a Renaissance-style castle. During this escape, the cities also have their say. Maastricht, of course, where you start your journey, Aachen, home of Charlemagne, Luxembourg, famous for its ruined medieval fortifications and also known as the judicial capital of the European Union. Smaller but just as interesting, the towns of Monschau in Germany, Echternach and Troisvierges in Luxembourg are also well worth a visit.

A trip through 4 countries means discovering 4 gastronomic cultures with their many culinary specialties! In the Netherlands, don’t miss the traditional Stamppot (cabbage mash), and the delicious Poffertjes (stuffed pancakes). Pork knuckles, Ardennes ham and Kuddelfelck, Luxembourg’s national dish, are just some of the specialities you can sample during your gourmet cycle-tour stops in restaurants, inns and taverns in Holland, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

This cyclo-tourist odyssey in the heart of Europe offers you the best of these countries, which have put the bicycle back at the heart of their mobility policies. It’s all part of a successful cycling vacation.

Carte séjour La traversée des 4 pays : des Pays-Bas au Luxembourg
Niveau LeisureLeisure or Niveau FitFit
Day 1

MAASTRICHT

Free arrival in Maastricht, Netherlands. Discover your accommodation and enjoy your evening in the city.

Orientation by phone with us

On receipt of your travel documents (and bikes if you’ve opted for rental), we take the time to talk to you over the phone to explain all the important points and answer any questions you may have.

Day 2

From MAASTRICHT to AACHEN 39km 340m Niveau Loisir

You leave Maastricht on the bridge over the Meuse, from where you follow a cycle route.
You then cycle through the beautiful agricultural fields, meadows and orchards that make up the verdant region of South Limburg. Gentle rolling hills line your route. You then reach the foot of the Vaalserberg, the country’s highest mountain at 322 metres. This is where the borders of 3 countries meet: the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
On the other coast, you arrive in Aachen.

Its well-preserved historic center can be explored on foot. Here you find the Gothic town hall, the market square, the famous bronze fountains and, above all, the sumptuous cathedral, home to Charlemagne’s tomb.

  • For a few more km 42km 420m Niveau Forme

    This variant takes you up to the summit of the Vaalserberg.

Day 3

From AACHEN to MONSCHAU 43km 470m Niveau Loisir

You leave the city on the Vannbahn bicycle path, which replaces the old rails. You pass through the village of Kornelimünster, a former pilgrimage site, or the Siegfried Line (a German anti-tank defense line in the shape of dragons’ teeth).

Ride along cycle paths winding through the vast forests of the Eifel, a national park with a history stretching back thousands of years.

At the end of the day, you reach the town of Monschau, which, with its countless half-timbered houses and superb historic center closed to traffic, takes you on a journey back to the Germany of yesteryear.

Day 4

From MONSCHAU to WAIMES 31km 380m Niveau Loisir

You start the day riding along the wild Rur valley on a beautiful gravel track before reaching the Hautes-Fagnes.

Then you reach the Signal de Botrange, a panoramic viewpoint at 694m that will delight nature lovers. On the way back down, discover the medieval Reinhardstein castle, lost in the middle of the forest.

  • For a few more km 58km 680m Niveau Forme

    This variant takes you to the shores of Lake Bütgenbach, where you can enjoy a range of sporting activities.

Day 5

From WAIMES to TROISVIERGES 51km 490m Niveau Loisir

Ride along the Vennbahn for most of the day. Along the way, you have the opportunity to visit an authentic slate quarry, taking you right down to the bottom of the underground mine.

You gradually approach the Luxembourg border, passing over a small hill that is also Luxembourg’s highest point, the Kneiff, at 560 m altitude.

Then you reach Troisvierges, a commune in the heart of the Our Nature Park, in the middle of the Luxembourg Ardennes.

  • For a few more km 62km 780m Niveau Forme

    This version of the route takes you on a detour to Falize Bluff, offering superb views over the Warche valley. A more hilly variant if you want to warm up your thighs a bit more.

Day 6

From TROISVIERGES to ECHTERNACH 53km 630m Niveau Loisir

You start your day with a train transfer to Wilwerwiltz (train travel is free in Luxembourg!). Cycling through the Our valley, you arrive in the town of Vianden, where we recommend a visit to the castle, built between the 11th and 14th centuries. You then follow a small river until it flows into the Sûre. This takes you to the country’s oldest town, Echternach, in the heart of Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland.

  • For a few more km 63km 830m Niveau Forme

    You can also opt for the more sporty variant, which allows you to visit and admire the Beaufort castle.

Day 7

From ECHTERNACH to LUXEMBOURG 44km 490m Niveau Loisir

To start the day, you can visit the Gorges du Loup on foot.

You then leave Echternach via a cycle path on a disused railway line, to reach the Ernz Noire valley, where you can admire the Schiessentümpel waterfall.

From here, you can cycle back to Luxembourg.
Unesco-listed in 1994, Luxembourg is now known as the “green heart of Europe”, in reference to its many green spaces.

Day 8

LUXEMBOURG

End of your stay after breakfast.

Have a safe trip back!

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Starting from 990€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Starting from 1155€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a Double room
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Application fee
  • Telephone bike mount(1 for 2 bikes)
  • Tourist taxes
  • Itineraries described on the following media:
    • A detailed route book
    • Access to a mobile application containing GPS tracks
    • GPS track of the hike in the Gorges du Loup
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : Orientation by phone by our local guide.
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Drinks, visits and other personal expenses

    A “home-made” tour by a local partner specializing in Belgium:
    • Routes selected with the Abicyclette team for their tourist and cycling interest, fully marked out and kept out of traffic.
    • Accommodation selected for the quality of its welcome, atmosphere, services and gastronomy.
    • Flexible organization that adapts to your needs and desires: you leave on the date you want! We check accommodation availability to ensure your departure.

    Local assistance:
    • Luggage transfer service
    • Local telephone assistance 24/7
    • 7/7 telephone assistance from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the ABICYCLETTE team.

    Simple itinerary tracking:
    • A paper and digital roadbook with all the useful addresses and tourist information, maps and a description of the tour.
    • A mobile app with your itinerary day by day

    And also :
    • Comfortable bike rentals, ideal for this itinerary on mainly cycle paths.
    • Cancellation and comprehensive insurance to cover you in case of problems or unforeseen events.

    We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


    Touring bike

    • 24 speeds

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • lock
    • repair kit
    • helmet (on request)
    • rear pannier
    • smartphone mount
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    Touring E-Bike

    • 500Wh battery

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • lock
    • repair kit
    • helmet (on request)
    • rear pannier
    • smartphone mount

    Getting here

    Departure city : MAASTRICHT

    Coming by car

    • at 4h30 from PARIS
    • at 2h30 from AMSTERDAM
    • at 10h from MILAN

    Coming by train

    • Maastrich Train Station - 4h from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Maastricht Airport

    Arrival city : LUXEMBOURG

    Coming by car

    • at 4h30 from PARIS
    • at 4h30 from AMSTERDAM
    • at 9h from MILAN

    Coming by train

    • Luxembourg Train Station - 2h45 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Luxembourg Airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    How to get back to the starting point

    • By train from Luxembourg to Maastrich in 3h30
    • Return by car in 2h00 to your starting point
    • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • Hybrid Bike or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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