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Cycle Tour Bike holiday along the Meuse

Travel report: Strasbourg/Metz-Verdun-Chimay-Namur-Liège-Aachen



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Elevation profile Cycle Tour Bike holiday along the MeuseMetzJouy-aux-ArchesSaint-MihielVerdunAbbatiale Notre-Dame de MouzonChâteau de SedanCharleville-MézièresDinantNamurHuyAbbaye du Val-Saint-LambertLiègeAachen Old Town0100200300400050100150200250300350400450500550

Added on 21 Oct 2020,

on 15 Jul 2021

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Metz, Grand Est, FR (210 m NHN)

End location

Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE (189 m NHN)


12 days of cycling holiday with my sons. Is planned to be ridden in july 2021. 2 transport days (trains), 2 rest days (in Verdun and Namur) and 8 stages. Accommodation in tents at campsites or in hostels. The route starts in Metz on the river Mosel and on the first stage shifts to the Meuse (or Maas) along which it runs, first on minor roads and trails, but after the town of Mouzon on the 4th stage only on bike paths along the river. There are, however, a few detours away from the river valley, each time invoved with moderate or steep climbs. One of them is a trip to the monastery of Notre Dame de Scourmont, where trappist munks brew the famous Chimay beer near the town of the same name. The route back to the Meuse valley follows a disused railway line (RaVel in Belgium) At Huy we intend to challenge the famous hill of Mur de Huy.

In Liège we leave the river Meuse and cycle to the bike holiday*s endpoint in Aachen/Germany, again on a dsused railway path and again that involves at least two severe climbs. In Aachen we'll have a look at the very old cathedral, spend a night at a hostel and take the train back home to Denmark.

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The 12 days are planned as 2 transport days, 8 cycling stages and 2 rest days (in Verdun and Namur).

Accommodation on the outbound journey in Strasbourg is at The People Hostel. Price 53€/ps.


62 km

Strasbourg-Metz-Lac de Madine

69 km

Lac de Madine-Verdun

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75 km


76 km

Inor - Charleville-Mézières

84 km

Charleville-Mézières - Chimay

93 km


78 km


57 km


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Old town

Metz is the capital of the Lorraine region of France and located in the Moselle departement that borders Luxembourg and Germany.


Due to its German heritage and military tradition, Metz has yet to earn much respect in the eyes of the French. Most of the criticism about Metz is clichéd and unwarranted; in fact, Strasbourg has stronger German heritage yet has been overwhelmingly embraced by the French and visitors alike. Metz was the birthplace of the Carolingian Dynasty before becoming the capital of the burgeoning Kingdom of Lotharingia (855-958AD); then it was the capital of the Duchy of Upper Lorraine (959-1233) before finally breaking away to form an independent city state during the high Middle Ages (1234-1552AD). As such, Metz was one of the most powerful cities in feudal Europe and this rich cultural history can still be seen today, particularly in its grand Cathedral and its beautiful old town built using the "pierre de Jaumont", a local yellow colored limestone.


  • Cathedrale St-Etienne, place d'Armes. The Cathedral is a truly impressive structure, overlooking the river and the city. Inside, both its height (the third-tallest nave in France) and its stained glass windows (reportedly the largest surface area in France, with several by Chagall) will impress visitors. 
  • Place d'Armes. This square next to the cathedral is notable for the four buildings that surround it. They were specifically designed to show the balance between the various local powers: religion (the cathedral), the military (now converted to the tourist office), civil government (the town hall) and justice (the court building). Place d'Armes also hosts a regular market for produce and other local goods.
  • Covered Market (opposite the cathedral). Historically it was the bishops' palace, today it hosts stalls selling meats, cheeses, and other regional specialities. 
  • Opera-Théâtre (not far from the Cathedral). Theatre and opera house, built between 1732 and 1752 and the oldest in France. 
  • Railway Station (Gare de Metz-Ville). Built in 1908, its imperial area built during the German occupation. 
Museums and galleries
  • Centre Pompidou-Metz (near the Central Station). Recently opened modern art gallery in Metz. €7. 
  • Musée de la Cour d'Or, 2, rue du Haut Poirier,  +33 387 201320. Every day except Tuesday, from 9am to 18pm. Closed on 1 January, Good Friday, 1 May, 14 July, 1 and 11 November and 31 December 24-25-26 all day. Roman baths, Gallo-Roman collections, sculpture, European paintings, etc. €4.60. 
  • La Maison de Verlaine à Metz (The House of Verlaine in Metz), 2 rue Haute-Pierre, 57000 Metz (opposite the "Palais de Justice"),  +33 634 522234. Open Tuesday through Sunday, with visits beginning at 15:15 and 16:30 by reservation only. Closed from 1 January-15 February and on certain national holidays. Covers the 19th-century poet's Lorraine origins, his life and career in Metz and Paris, his meeting with Arthur Rimbaud, his works, and his posthumous fame. €7. 

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