EuroVelo 3, known as the ‘Pilgrims Route’, connects Trondheim in Norway to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This 5,100 km long cultural route is dotted with monumental religious buildings and cities with a strong cultural influence. Here, we suggest you take it from Aachen to Paris.
From Aachen to the gates of Paris
Departing from Aachen in Germany, the EuroVelo ‘Pilgrims Route’ takes you to the ‘Ardent City’ of Liège in Belgium. You then cross meadows and orchards to enter Namur, the gateway to the Ardennes. After a passage by Charleroi, a city that has undergone an astonishing post-industrial reconversion, small medieval cities announce your entry in the landscapes of Avesnois and Thiérache, with their famous fortified churches. The route continues along the Oise valley and then through the forest before reaching Ile-de-France.
This route takes you through the symbolic ‘Three Borders’ point between Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. You traverse the province of Hesbaye, known for its orchards, and then it’s on to the bustling city of Liège and the magnificent landscapes at the confluence between the Sambre and the Meuse in Namur.
- Cathedral of Aachen
- Local products from Pays de Herve region
- Historic centre of Liege
- Citadel of Namur
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This separate itinerary follows the meanders of the Sambre and takes you past the monumental street art of Charleroi which contrast with the bucolic landscapes of Thudinie. On the way, you’ll pass hand-operated locks along the wild and maintained banks up to Maubeuge.
- Floreffe Abbey
- Bois du Cazier Site (UNESCO)
- Belfry (UNESCO) and the Hanging Gardens of Thuin
- Collegiate Church of Lobbes
- Fortifications of Vauban and Maubeuge Zoo
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This route takes you through one of the largest bocage landscapes in Europe, where you can taste the highly-prized Maroilles raw milk cheese. Or follow the adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous Inland Voyage, which began here. And finally, explore the corridors of the Familistère de Guise.
- Mus’Verre in Sars-Poteries
- ValJoly Tourist Station at Eppe-Sauvage
- Avesnois eco-museum in Fourmies
- Fortified churches of Thiérache
- Fortified castle of Guise
- Familistère in Guise
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This route takes you to the pastoral countryside along the Oise, known on Stevenson’s canoe trip as ‘The Golden Valley’. After the meanders of the Oise between Guise and Noyon, head for the Compiègne, Halatte and Ermenonville forests and the treasures they hold within: castles, royal abbeys and the medieval city of Senlis.
- Maison de Marie-Jeanne museum in Alaincourt
- Jeanne d’Aboville Museum in La Fère
- Museum of Resistance and Deportation in Tergnier
- La Frette outdoor leisure centre in Tergnier
- Noyon Cathedral and its associated canonical buildings
- Castle of Compiègne
- Gothic Cathedral and Medieval City of Senlis
- Royal Abbey of Chaalis