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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Poppies at Mount St. Peter, calcareous grasslands.


Voer area

Hiking paradise

5 star hiking paradise at Mount Gulpen

Keutenberg (Mount Keuten)

Outskirts of Voerendaal

View of Heerlen

Droogdal bij Euverem

(Gem. Gulpen-Wittem)

Voer area

Hikers in the Geren valley

Recreational traffic on a beautiful spring day

Jeker at Maastricht