Strasbourg, France to Arnhem, the Netherlands

On Friday (September 21) we arrived in Arnhem, Netherlands after riding a little over 700 km from Strasbourg. It is the best and most varied riding we have enjoyed on this trip. Our route took us from France through much of Luxembourg and through parts of Belgium and Germany. Most of the way we were on quiet secondary roads and in small towns rather than large cities. The terrain has varied from open rolling farmland with big skies to the hilly and forested Ardennes. The weather has been mostly warm and dry, but Friday, the last day of summer, we had rain with strong, gusty winds and temperatures have dropped by 10º. Fall is here!

Of the things we enjoyed about this ride, two stood out. First, the country of Luxembourg. It is scenic and has both good cycling and hiking. A prosperous country, it is clean, orderly and things work. The country is trilingual (French, German, and Luxembourgish) which makes life fun sometimes—you never know what language a native will use, even different staff members in the same restaurant will use the language of their own choice. But unlike Belgium where the linguistic groups have difficulty getting along, Luxembourg works and feels very comfortable.

The second memorable thing is the Vennbhan cycle route, a 125 km rail trail from Aachen, Germany to Troisvierges near the city of Luxembourg. We cycled about 100 km of it from a small town in Luxembourg to the city of Aachen. It runs through lovely small villages, farmland and forest, and is mostly paved. Quiet, fast, easy cycling and best of all, no motorcycles. Luxembourg, with its rolling hills and windy roads, is a favourite for motocycle tourists who always seem to travel in packs. I don’t mind most of them, but I wish the Harley owners would stay home.

Now that we are in the Netherlands, we are visiting friends and family. We began by spending two nights with some friends just outside Maastricht who have a small vineyard, then carried on to Arnhem where are staying for a few days with another friend.

Strasbourg Nighttime view of the covered bridge in Strasbourg. Cycling (another!) canal heading North from Strasbourg. Cloudy morning in French farmland. View of French farmland from a chambre d’hôte in France. Chateau and vineyard on the Mosel River. Rocky cliffs in a Luxembourg river valley. It is hilly in the Ardennes.

Old rails and locomotive beside the Vennbhan trail.

Inge on the Vennbhan making train noises and pulling cord for the whistle. A country lane near Maastricht.

Heading to the vineyard with our friends.

Cheers! Learning about winemaking. Ferry across the Mass River, loaded with cyclists. Belgium on one bank, the Netherlands on the other. A Netherlands sky near Arnhem.

7 thoughts on “Strasbourg, France to Arnhem, the Netherlands

  1. Great photos. We have done a cycle/barge trip thru france, Germany Luxembourg – fabulous. We also loved Lux. and stood looking up from that great wall.
    We are in Fiji now doing lots of snorkelling on the reefs – 3 weeks of fun and games.
    take care, heading off for a day of kayaking.
    Aloha bill and gretchen

  2. Thanks for sharing your amazing adventure – these photos are particularly a nice mix and so attracting to want to be there with you. Love your colourful shirt Inge. And you both must be so so fit – good for you! You look incredibly relaxed and happy and still another 3 weeks before coming home – nice!

  3. Wonderful. Lovely pictures and special memories, I am certain.

  4. Absolutely glorious photographs. No wonder you love cycling throughout Europe. Now I want to go to Strasbourg. You two are very good travel agents!

  5. Best post yet – Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Fall has been here for weeks… have a wonderful remained of trip you guys! xo S

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