The Aachen Woods offers an opportunity for some great running on a large network of mainly wooded trails. Referred to by locals as the “Öcher Bösch”, the woods are south of Aachen near the Belgian border, and stretch over a huge area. Most of the trails are fairly wide, with good footing. You can create your own route, or run one of the six signposted, color-coded loops, which range in length from 3 km to 5 km. The area is fairly hilly. The 5.5 km Waldrundweg “Gelb” (yellow) is the easiest in terms of elevation gain, while the Waldrundweg “Blau“ (blue) has the steepest grades.
This two-page trail map has excellent information on the different loops, with descriptions (in German) and elevation profiles.
- The marked loops range from 3 km to 5.5 km
- Rolling hills
- Depends on route chosen
- Numerous parking areas and access points. There are also designated parking areas for the six loop trails