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De Herve à Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen (D) (stage 6)

On the Line 38 RAVeL

Length (in km)
31 km

The old No 38 railway line, one of the first of its kind, is a symbol of the RAVeL and its friendliness. It took years of effort by local people before the public authorities finally began to set up the line. This work is continuing today and will do so in the years to come.

All along Line 38, meadows and orchards reveal local products. You can enjoy Herve cheese, Liège syrup, Liège-style meatballs, cider and abbey beers both at the start of your stage in the old Herve railway station and in old farmhouses converted into guest rooms or gourmet restaurants.
Don’t hesitate to leave this green corridor to visit the wealth of heritage in this beautiful, gentle region. After the village of Thimister, in a few minutes you reach Clermont-sur-Berwinne, one of the most beautiful villages of Wallonia. Val-Dieu abbey is not far from Aubel.
It is worth mentioning that in May 1940, the German troops entered Belgium through this region. The marks of this invasion are still clear to see in the Fort of Battice, the Henri-Chapelle American cemetery and the old Laschet tunnel in Hombourg.
Finally, your journey comes to an end at the top of the Trois Frontières or Three Borders panoramic tower, a symbolic spot set on the edge of the village of Gemmenich in Belgium and the towns of Vaals in the Netherlands and Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen in Germany.


The route:
The Line 38 RAVeL takes you safely on its own path as far as Hombourg through the villages of Battice, Thimister, Froidthier and Aubel. In Hombourg, there is a temporary break in the RAVeL. You have to follow the signs to Aachen on a slightly hilly connecting route that runs along quiet minor roads for about ten kilometres. You cross the village of Hombourg and then head towards Sippenaeken along the street of the same name. In Sippenaeken, you reach the crossroads that is No 1 on the VeloTour nodal-points network of the East Belgium Tourism Agency. You then follow nodal points No 91 of the Belgian Limburg network and No 5 of the VeloTour network. You pass through Gemmenich before going up the Route des Trois Bornes towards the place called Trois Frontières.

Asphalt between Herve and Aubel, then ash as far as Hombourg (many muddy parts in wet weather). From Hombourg, asphalt on the connecting road towards Trois Frontières.

Height difference: 
On the RAVeL, imperceptible incline. Between the end of the RAVeL in Hombourg and Trois Frontières, four short stretches with gradients of 5 to 10%.

Full directional signs on the Line 38 RAVeL. At the end of the RAVeL in Hombourg, follow the signs to Sippenaeken and Aachen where you will come to the crossroads that is No 1 on the VeloTour nodal-points network of the East Belgium Tourism Agency. To go to Trois Frontières, you then follow nodal points No 91 of the Belgian Limburg network and No 5 of the VeloTour network.

Safety, precautions: 
On the Line 38 RAVeL, take care when crossing roads. Watch out for motor traffic between the end of the Line 38 RAVeL in Hombourg and Trois Frontières.

Stage shared with the EV3 international route.

Useful info

Pays de Herve Tourist Office, rue de la Gare 1, 4650 Herve.

Coordinates Lambert 72 : X : 250550 m - Y : 148920 m

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°38'32.06" N - Longitude: 5°47'25.43" E

Parking: Large car park near the Pays de Herve Tourist Office.


At the finish: 
The centre of Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen (D) is approximately six kilometres from Trois Frontières. There are two railway stations here, with trains to all destinations.


Rest areas: 
Herve, Trois Frontières.



  • RAVeL map of the Province of Liège published by the SPW. This map, called ‘More RAVeL, more pleasure’, can be ordered free of charge by clicking here.
  • Line 38 RAVeL leaflet published by the Pays de Herve Tourist Office:

Around the route by bike:

Stage map