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Regional Cycling Tour recommended route

Halden Route - Along the coal tips into the Worm Valley

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A few decades ago, mining shaped the border triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and its relics are still visible in many places. Besides floodplains and dumps, industrial monuments and mining settlements bear witness to the history of the region.
easy
Distance 31.2 km
2:00 h
190 m
189 m
157 m
83 m

Immerse yourself in an exciting mixture of industrial culture and fascinating landscape. The route connects a total of six slag heaps of the former mining area: Anna-Noppenberg, Anna I and II, Adolf, Carl-Alexander and Carolus Magnus. After recultivation, a variety of leisure activities, breathtaking viewpoints and fascinating natural landscapes were created on the individual slagheaps. Besides the slagheaps, various industrial monuments such as the Alsdorf-Busch mining settlement, the nearby Anna energy landscape, the Energeticon or the mining machine house Grube Adolf in Herzogenrath bear witness to the mining history of the region.

Numerous castles and palaces along the way, such as  Rode Castle as the landmarks of Herzogenrath, Rimburg Castle, Zweibrüggen Castle, Alsdorf Castle or Ottenfeld Castle, also recall days long gone when dukes and knights were still roaming the country.

The route also has an impressive landscape due to the idyllic forest, field and meadow landscapes along the Wurm and Broichbach valleys. The course of the water changes constantly due to the power of the flowing water, new channels, gravel banks, crumbling steep banks, abandoned river beds and new alluvial forests are constantly being created. The Broichbach valley also fascinates with its multifaceted flora and fauna.

Highlights entlang der Strecke:   

Burg Rode  

Carolus Magnus with water tower

Wurmtal  

Rimburg Castle

Zweibruggen Castle

Willy-Dohmen-Park   

Alsdorf Castle

Carl Alexander Park stockpile

Rolduc Abbey

Broichbachtal   

Pit Adolf-Park   

Energeticon and energy landscape Anna   

Mining settlement Alt-Busch

 

Author’s recommendation

Refreshment stops:

Various possibilities in the city centres of Herzogenrath, Alsdorf, Baesweiler and Übach-Palenberg 

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Michael Lock 
Update: November 25, 2021
Difficulty
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Highest point
157 m
Lowest point
83 m
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Track types

Asphalt 44.10%Dirt road 29.60%Forested/wild trail 3.94%Path 6.82%Road 10.38%Unknown 5.14%
Asphalt
13.8 km
Dirt road
9.2 km
Forested/wild trail
1.2 km
Path
2.1 km
Road
3.2 km
Unknown
1.6 km
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Rest stops

Et Mölke
Seehof
Gelazzo

Safety information

Behind junction 35, immediately before crossing the railway line, there is a speed limit, which forces caution at low speeds and even with a blunt approach angle.

Tips and hints

Grünmetropole e.V.

Zollernstraße 10

D-52070 Aachen

+49-(0)241-5198-2548

Email: info@gruenmetropole.eu

Homepage: www.gruenmetropole.eu

Start

Herzogenrath Train Station (108 m)
Coordinates:
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50.871080, 6.095097
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50°52'15.9"N 6°05'42.3"E
UTM
32U 295617 5639509
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Destination

Herzogenrath Train Station

Turn-by-turn directions

With the exception of a small climb behind junction 27 in Alsdorf-Zopp, the track is extremely flat. The route mainly leads via car-free paths, low-traffic side roads and partly via bicycle paths that accompany the road. The partly asphalted, partly water-bound forest, economic and cycle paths are well paved. 

 

Course of the track:

The cycle path is signposted throughout via the junction system of the StädteRegion Aachen. From Herzogenrath station via junction 18, parking lot Berger Straße, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 54, 53, 32, 37, 61, 36, 35, 42, 22, 20, 18 back to Herzogenrath station.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By regional train or bus to Herzogenrath station.

Your personal connection information with tariff information for travelling by public transport is available at: www.avv.de

Please note that passengers with prams and wheelchair users always have priority over cyclists. The personnel in the vehicles can decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not to take bicycles with them.

Getting there

For individual planning of your journey by car, use our route planner and enter "Herzogenrath, Bahnhof" as your destination.

Parking

Park your car in the parking lot of the Herzogenrath railway station, which is also the starting point of the tour.

Coordinates

DD
50.871080, 6.095097
DMS
50°52'15.9"N 6°05'42.3"E
UTM
32U 295617 5639509
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Guidebook "Radfahren in der Region Aachen-Düren-Heinsberg" [Cycling in the region Aachen-Düren-Heinsberg] (available from Grünmetropol e.V.)

Author’s map recommendations

Unterwegs mit Pittchen Pedale, Radwandern in der Städteregion Aachen, Radwegekarte [On the way with Pittchen Pedale, bicycle touring in StädteRegion Aachen, biking map] 1:50.000 with accompanying booklet, Price: 7,50 €, ISBN 978-3-89899-529-0, Meyer & Meyer Verlag

Equipment

With the weather adapted clothing, enough water and a little food you are well equipped for the tour.

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Rating

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Jan D. 
July 11, 2015 · Community
Sehr schöne Runde ! Leider ist die wegführung sehr chaotisch was das Fahrerlebnis leider etwas trübt wenn man sich mit Knopf im Ohr navigieren lässt. Kann aber auch an Outdooractiv liegen ;) Mir hat die Runde gefallen und jetzt wo ich sie kenne werde ich sie etwas modifizieren und mit der Familie in angriff nehmen.
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
31.2 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
190 m
Descent
189 m
Highest point
157 m
Lowest point
83 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly

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