The valley route Neffelbach is part of the valley route network connecting the dis-tricts of Düren, Euskirchen, Rhein-Erft, and the themed cycling paths Erft Cycling Route and Rur Cycling Route. It starts in Heimbach and leads through the Roman town of Zülpich to the “Gartenschaupark Zülpich 2014” and to the Kolping birthplace of Kerpen. The route is signposted in both directions. For families we recommend the route from Kerpen toward Heimbach.
Tour tip: Along the valley route from Erft and Neffelbach
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Mechernich is located at the edge of the Eifel, before you reach the gates to the Eifel National Park and it is a great place to explore by bicycle. The adventure cycle path for families “Mechernich 8” is made up of two round trips (16.3km long and 22.7km long) and it leads you past interesting sights and leisure facilities. In addition to many former manor houses, castles, and mills, there are remains of the nearly 2000 year old Roman aqueduct which used to transport water from the Eifel to Cologne along the Feybach in the east of the urban area. You also have the possibility to connect the tour with the Moated Castles Route, the Eifel Heights route and multiple valley routes. In and around the historic half timbered town centre of Kommern, you have many sightseeing oppor-tunities, such as the recreation park, the summer luge hill, the LVR-Kommern Open Air Heritage museum, and many restaurants. The “Mechernich Eight” is connected with the railway line Cologne-Trier.
This 24km long cycle path leads you past sections and relicts of the Roman aqueduct, water mills, ironworks, and a pumping station. Starting points are at the Kall-Scheven train station or the Satzvey train station.
On the cycling tour “Tour de Tolbiac” (Tolbiacum was the Roman name of Zülpich) cyclists can experience the diversity of the town of Zülpich. Farmers have cultivated the fertile land in the area for thousands of years and the farms have shaped the lands-cape. Old churches, monasteries, and castles are legacies of medieval times. Mining lakes show the recent past of power generation in the region, which today provides re-creational space for visitors and locals. In addition you will find art centres, culinary hiking trails, and plenty of nature.
The “Tour de Tolbiac” is separated into a North loop and a south loop, as a starting point for both we recommend the “Zülpicher Mühlenberg”. A cycling tour map is moun-ted to the bicycle stands at the church “St Peter Parish Church“. A map and information material about the attractions in Zülpich and the district is available at the Zülpich Town Hall or the Nordeifel Tourismus GmbH for a nominal charge of €2
"Mit Natur auf Tour" (On tour with nature) from Nettersheim to Weilerswist (50km), "Route der Vielseitigkeit" (Versitality route) from Blankenheimer-Wald to Euskirchen (44km), "Prachtvolle Straße der Schlösser und Burgen" (Magnificent castle route) from Kall to Weilerswist (46km), and the "Via Valo" route which is a route connecting the Roman relicts in the municipalities of Nettersheim and Blankenheim (23km).