On the Lower Rhine, visitors have the opportunity not just to talk about Europe in theory, but cycle through it in practice. The cycle route, which covers around 60 kilometres, called “Wo Europa vor der Tür liegt” – or “Where Europe lies on your doorstep”, starts from the district of Heinsberg and leads through the Netherlands and Belgium. Along the way, cyclists not only experience the many common features shared by the three neighbouring countries, but also two special geographical features. On the one hand, the start and end point of the tour is at the same time also the most western point in Germany. The municipality of Selfkant in the Heinsberger Land region protrudes into the territory of the Netherlands like a small peninsula. On the other, cyclists who follow a detour to Susteren come closer to the three countries than anywhere else, since this is the narrowest part of the Netherlands. Here, Germany and Belgium are separated from each other by just five kilometres of land.
Experience Europe: A cycle tour through the “Dreiländereck”, where three countries meet
The start and finishing point of the tour, the municipality of Selfkant, is also the most western point in Germany.