Sierck-les-Bains Thionville

Getting your feet wet in the Land of the Three Borders

29,69 km


  • Apach: limestone grasslands classified Natura 2000

  • Sierck-les-Bains: 11th-century castle

  • Contz-les-Bains: AOC Moselle vineyards

  • Thionville: the Tour aux Puces museum

Let's set off on the first leg of your cycling trip along the Voie Bleue! From Sierck-les-Bains to Thionville, this warm-up will delight heritage and wine lovers.

Your adventure begins in Apach, at the crossroads of the 3 borders (French, Luxembourg and German)! Get on your bike: your first turns of the wheel will soon take you to Sierck-les-Bains. Here, the 11th-century remains of the castle of the Dukes of Lorraine stand on a rocky outcrop. Immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere by visiting the site, which was one of the favourite residences of the Dukes of Lorraine, and don't miss the panoramic view over the Moselle valley below.

And if you're a lover of old stones, take advantage of your stay in Moselle to make a diversion to the Château de Malbrouck in Manderen or the medieval town of Rodemack, voted one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. These are not-to-be-missed cultural and historical stops just a few kilometres from the Voie Bleue!

Next, leave Sierck-les-Bains and follow the meandering Moselle. As you head towards Contz-les-Bains, the vineyards come into view and the Stromberg hill dominates the landscape. Pinot noir, pinot gris or auxerrois, the local AOC Moselle grape varieties will reveal all their flavours!

The Voie Bleue route follows the winding course of the Moselle and passes through typical Lorraine villages. Continue on to the Kœnigsmacker wide-gauge lock, which opened up the Moselle to Rhine traffic. A final refreshing stop at the Basse-Ham leisure centre will delight cyclists in search of water-based activities.

In its green setting, Thionville marks the end of this first stage. Stroll through the historic centre and push open the doors of the Tour aux Puces museum. This former dungeon of the castle of the Counts of Luxembourg takes its original name from a legend: a princess met her doom there, devoured by fleas... Inside, retrace the course of history in the various themed rooms.

Practical info

  • 29.69 km
    Cycle route: 29.14 km
    On road: 1.27 km
    Surface: smooth: 30.42 km

  • Access by train :
    Apach, Sierck-les-Bains and Thionville stations

To get to the starting point in Apach, you can take the Mosel Radweg and EuroVelo5 European cycle routes, to which La Voie Bleue is connected.

This 1st stage follows the banks of the Moselle, and for the most part, the routes are car-free. Sometimes on the right bank, sometimes on the left, the route is signposted "Chemin de la Moselle". The changes of bank between Sierck-les-Bains / Contz-les-Bains, and at Malling, take place on stretches of road: caution is advised! At Kœnigsmacker, the cycle route continues on the right bank: follow the signs for "chemin de la Moselle rive droite". There is a variant on the left bank as far as Thionville.

Take care! In the event of roadworks, be sure to follow the diversions set up along the route.