Via Belgica

Via Belgica

The Romans as a binding force
The Via Belgica is a 400 kilometre Roman highway running from Cologne to Boulogne-sur-Mer on the northern coast of France. The road was constructed in the first century and runs through the Tri-Country Park for roughly 80 kilometres. The province of Limburg is working together with several partners in France, Belgium, and Germany to return the Via Belgica to a workable route.

The road is a symbol of European integration, since the Roman past is a shared past. Projects to be developed along the old Roman road will strengthen the European identity. In 2010, a project proposal was designed for the 2011-2013 EU Cultural Programme.

The Via Belgica - which, at the time, did not go by this name - was built for military purposes. During the Pax Romana, the road was increasingly used for commercial means. It played an important role in the spread of Roman culture: people settled along the road, Roman villas were built, and an agricultural landscape developed. This is how cities like Tongeren, Maastricht, Heerlen and Jülich were founded.

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American Cemetery and Memorial

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial

Hollow road

Hollow road at Voeren, ideal for badgers

Geul valley

Where the Geul flows naturally again


Poppies at Mount St. Peter, calcareous grasslands.


Border between Moelingen and Voeren

Voer area

Outskirts of Voerendaal

View of Heerlen