Enjoy with all your Senses
In the southwest, Aachen is surrounded by the largest wood of the region. When walking through it, you will pass beautiful old border stones – and you will most certainly cross old borders and find yourself in the Netherlands or Belgium without even realizing it. Aachen’s highest hill is the Lousberg which is situated in the North of the city. According to a legend it was heaped up by the devil, but the Lousberg was actually designed as an English park in Napoleonic times. From here, you have an outstanding view of the city.
The surrounding area also has a lot to offer: the German Belgian nature reserve “Hohes Venn-Eifel” is situated a few kilometres to the south. It consists of 4,500 ha of bogs, heath land, and bushes. In the Perlenbachtal, you can find more than 80 different types of flora and fauna.
About 30 km southeast of Aachen, the Rur Lake is located. With its capacity of 205 million m³, the Rur Lake is one of Germany’s largest dams. Here, almost any kind of water sports can be practiced. Bike tour around the lake and eel fishing are also very popular. One of the highlights is the annual event "Rur Lake aflame", which takes place in July: thousands of visitors come to watch it from boats or from the shore.