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Raeren (Liège)
State : BelgiumBelgium Belgium
Region : Wallonia
Province : Liege
District : Verviers
Coordinates : 50 ° 41 ′  N , 6 ° 7 ′  E Coordinates: 50 ° 41 ′  N , 6 ° 7 ′  E
Area : 74.21 km²
Residents: 10,759 (Jan 1, 2019)
Population density: 145 inhabitants per km²
Post Code: 4730 (Raeren, Hauset)
4731 (Eynatten)
Prefix: 087
Mayor: Erwin Güsting (with us)

Local government address :
Local administration Raeren
Hauptstrasse 26
4730 Raeren
Website: www.raeren.be
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Raeren [ ˈʁaːʁən ] is a Belgian border town near Aachen , one of the nine municipalities of the German-speaking Community of Belgium . Around 50 percent of the approximately 11,000 inhabitants are foreigners without Belgian citizenship, the vast majority of them German.


The municipality of Raeren consists of the old municipality of Raeren with its districts Alt-Raeren, Neudorf and Petergensfeld , the old municipality of Hauset and Eynatten with the Belgian part of Lichtenbusch and the hamlet of Berlotte. The area of ​​the former Lammersdorf train station, 18 kilometers southeast of Raeren, also belongs to the municipality of Raeren; it is only connected to the municipality by the Vennbahn route and is otherwise surrounded by German territory.

A part of the High Fens with the hamlet Fringshaus also belongs to the municipality of Raeren. The Inde rises in the municipality between Raeren and Petergensfeld .


Raeren Castle
St. Nicholas Church

The place name Raeren comes from the word “clearing” and refers to a settlement in the middle of the Aachen Reichswald. The period of clearing is assumed to be around 800 to 1200. The districts of Raeren and Neudorf were created. The district of Neudorf is first mentioned in 1241 in a document from the Aachen Marienstift . The first written mention of the name Raeren dates back to 1400.

The place became known for the Raeren stoneware , which was mainly produced here in the 16th and 17th centuries. The best examples can be found in the major international museums. The most important master of Renaissance pottery was Jan Emens Mennicken . The traditional stoneware from Raeren has been awarded the European Heritage Seal by the Belgian state . There is a pottery museum in Raeren Castle, which is well worth seeing.

The St. Nicholas Parish Church, built in the Baroque style with Romanesque arches, was completed in 1728 according to the designs of the Aachen city architect Laurenz Mefferdatis . By decree of the executive branch of the German-speaking community of January 16, 1986 it was placed under monument protection. In 1994 the church received a new organ, which was built by Weimbs Orgelbau . In the district of Berg, the Annakapelle was built in 1716 , which was affiliated to the parish of St. Nicholas until 1934 and has since been managed and looked after by a private committee.

Raeren was in the Eupen district until 1920 and since then has belonged to Belgium by virtue of the Treaty of Versailles . The village of Sief was part of Raeren until the First World War and was initially ceded to Belgium with the municipality of Raeren in the Versailles Treaty, but returned to Germany on October 1, 1921 for water management reasons and incorporated into the city of Aachen on November 1, 1922.


Compared to standard German , the local dialects are becoming increasingly less important. The original dialects of the parish villages show Limburg and Ripuarian influences.


Reception building of the Raeren train station

The Raeren station was served by passenger traffic from 1885 to 1959 via the Vennbahn and the Welkenraedt – Raeren railway line, and there was also a track connection from the Vennbahn to Stolberg until 1956 . From 1990 to 2002 there was a reactivation for tourist journeys by the Vennbahn VoE association. A reactivation for passenger transport as part of a continuous connection between Stolberg and Eupen is currently being discussed. Today there is a locomotive dealer on the station premises.

Local public transport is now carried out with city ​​buses . In Raeren, line 722 from Eupen to Lichtenbusch serves the Neustraße , Neudorf , Botz , Eifeler Hof and Driesch stops .

The place is connected to the international cycle route Vennbahn (Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg).


  • Metal industry (aluminum processing, by the Norwegian company Sapa AS )
  • Distillery & distillery
  • Plastics processing ( NMC SA)
  • Logistics and traffic location, motorway connection to the E 40


  • Pottery Museum in Raeren Castle .
  • Access to the Vennbahnradweg , with a café-pavilion with a terrace and parking spaces near the old train station.

People from the community

See also

Web links

Commons : Raeren  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Raeren municipality in figures (PDF; 331 kB)
  2. derwesten.de : marginalized. May 26, 2008, accessed March 6, 2014.
  3. OstbelgienDirekt: Dialect Atlas presented: Does Platt still have a future in Ostbelgien? , accessed January 20, 2017
  4. Stefan of the stirring: railways in Aachen and the Meuse-Rhein (route 49). In: vonderruhren.de. Retrieved April 3, 2016 .
  5. a b press. In: www.vennbahn.de. Retrieved April 3, 2016 .
  6. jül / mg: Euregiobahn route: The train should go to Belgium. In: Aachener Nachrichten. Retrieved April 3, 2016 .
  7. Jürgen Lange: Electrification is in sight for the Euregiobahn. In: Aachener Zeitung. Retrieved April 3, 2016 .
  8. Bus timetable Eupen – Eynatten – Aachen / Eupen – Raeren – Eynatten – Köpfchen / Lichtenbusch . Website of the Raeren municipality, March 18, 2008, accessed on April 3, 2016.
  9. ↑ Bike tour on the Vennbahn route: three days, three countries . In: Spiegel Online . June 19, 2015 ( spiegel.de [accessed March 14, 2018]).