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Cycling in Flanders – Iconic cycle routes through nature

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Cycling in Flanders – Iconic cycle routes through nature

Bike Touring Collection by VISITFLANDERS

13

Tours

50:06 h

501 mi

16,400 ft

In the midst of nature, these three great Tours lead you through the most beautiful and greenest parts of Flanders in Belgium. We call them Iconic Cycle Routes – they’re simply amazing.

If you like to stay close to a city and prefer not to cycle for too long, then the Green Belt Route around Brussels is ideal. You pedal around the green outskirts of the Belgian capital – riding up and downhill through the land of Bruegel, hops, grapes and chicory.

Or, perhaps you’d prefer the Kempen Route? Here, forests, heath landscapes and industrial culture alternate. Don’t miss the old railroad line through mining areas around the town of Genk.

Last but not least, experienced riders can take on the Hill Route. Belgium’s cycling legends train in the Flemish hills, the Flandriens. You find classics such as the Muur van Geraardsbergen, the hills around Kortrijk and the Limburg orchards that head constantly up and downhill.

Whether you ride only part of these routes or cycle from the first hill to the last, these adventures are filled with forests and stories. Veel plezier!

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:40
    37.4 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,825 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    We start at the German border. Get stuck into your cycling adventure as you ride west, leaving Germany behind you. You can expect beautiful landscapes and dead-straight roads. You finish in a city that was loved by the ancient Romans: Tongeren.

    Here, you can, if you like, indulge in Roman pleasures as they would once have done (either visit a …

  • Intermediate
    03:52
    40.0 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second day of the Hill Tour, we want to spoil you. When a route is challenging, your breaks should be sweet and delicious.

    We start in the heart of one of the most important fruit growing areas in the region. As if fresh cherries and apples aren’t delicious enough, we’ve made an art of refining them into syrups …

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    33.9 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the third day, you get to see the full beauty and wonderfully contrasting splendour of Flanders. You set off into farm landscapes, familiar already from the first two days. You cycle through orchards and experience how humans can work hand in hand with Mother Nature to achieve great things and feed thousands of people at the same time.

    The …

  • Intermediate
    03:35
    35.8 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Welcome to the fourth day of your Tour across Flanders through the heart of nature. Today all your senses will be challenged again.

    As we all know, we eat with our eyes. Green is a very calming colour. With regards to today, we would say “it doesn’t get better than this.” You explore Belgium’s largest forest and one of the …

  • Difficult
    03:56
    36.6 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On your Tour through Pajottenland on stage 5, we offer you some unusual experiences. Have you ever visited a museum dedicated to draft horses or the history of medicine from the 16th century until today?

    We’ve combined this with small, cosy villages where church spires touch the low-hanging clouds, wide fields that stretch into the horizon and pristine nature where …

  • Difficult
    03:45
    33.8 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    As if the amazingly steep, unpleasant hills weren't hard enough already, some of them are cobbled. Those who aren’t from Flanders shake their heads. In other cultures, making these roads part of bike races would be considered inhumane.

    Cobblestones – such a harmless, pretty word! You will understand, or rather, feel the true meaning of the word by the end …

  • Intermediate
    03:40
    37.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    950 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Shortly before the end of your adventure on the seventh and penultimate day of the Hill Tour, we take you back through history from industrialisation to the 17th century, the Middle Ages and back to today.

    The itinerary includes two islands that are beautiful and unique. The great thing about this time travel trip is that you can enjoy lovely …

  • Difficult
    03:38
    36.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, on the eighth and last day of your hilly adventure, we offer the most beautiful thing De Westhoek has to offer. The landscape is already great, but we’ll add something else too. After all, we don't want you to forget this trip!

    You can expect the smallest town and the highest mountain, the cutest campsite and the northernmost vineyard. …

  • Intermediate
    03:48
    37.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Do you like imposing castles, hilly landscapes and impressive panoramas? Then it’s time to discover the green outskirts around the capital, Brussels. This route leads up and downhill through the land of Bruegel, hops, grapes and chicory.

    You cycle past old castle ruins, large farms and enchanted castles – signs of the region's former wealth. That wealth is still there, …

  • Difficult
    04:22
    43.3 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Since you love nature so much, we've added extra plantlife for the second day. We take you on a journey through the green lungs of the world in the Meise Botanic Garden, one of the most famous of its kind.

    You also make royal acquaintances today as we’ve organised a meeting with the queen of flowers. You visit beautiful rose …

  • Intermediate
    04:08
    43.0 mi
    10.4 mph
    600 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Welcome to a Tour through green floodplains, meadows, moors, forests, fields - regions that were created by man. In this way, he created charming landscapes with unique "landmarks" - only incompletely to be translated with sights or architectural lighthouses. Statements in stone, so to speak.

    With such a statement we start in Antwerp. Is it a bridge? A Swiss cheese? …

  • Intermediate
    04:08
    42.8 mi
    10.4 mph
    600 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On stage 2 of the Kempen Route, we want to challenge your emotions a bit. We mix tragic history with poetic moments in the present and sprinkle a good pinch of nature on top.

    A third of the way into the route, you reach the Kempense Havelrug and its picturesque nature.

    You find relics dating back to wartime which remind …

  • Intermediate
    04:09
    43.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third and last day of the Kempen Route is all about industrial heritage. Parts of Flanders have a long history as a mining region and we introduce you to this heritage today.

    Old winding towers, train stations and colliery buildings have long since been given a new lease of life. Today they are artists' centres, cafés, exhibition spaces, museums …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    501 mi
  • Duration
    50:06 h
  • Elevation
    16,400 ft

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