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  1. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    August 17, 2020

    04:11
    44.8 mi
    10.7 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
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      The continuous row of tall apartment blocks that characterize the Belgian coast stands in sharp contrast to the open polder fields directly behind it. The contrasting coastal town of De Haan, on the other hand, represents the Belle Epoque, which was characteristic of the entire Belgian coast until half a century ago. The cottage style was built here, inspired by Normandy and England. In De Haan, high-rise construction was discontinued and much of this beauty has been preserved.The Uitkerkse Polders, right behind De Haan, sketch an authentic polder landscape with extensive wet meadows, without trees and hedges and only scattered farmhouses here and there. This nature reserve enjoys international fame as a meadow bird area. The picturesque, medieval-looking Damme, just before Bruges, is also worth a visit.

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      • August 18, 2020

  2. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    August 17, 2020

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      The Ijzer is the shortest of the three Belgian rivers. It is the only river in Belgium that flows into the sea. "Bachten de Kupe" (Behind the Wanne, ie Behind the Ijzer) is the West Flemish name for the area west of the Ijzer, which is bordered by the North Sea and the French border, or the "Schreve". When you get closer to Koksijde, you can see the highest dune on the Belgian coast, the Hoge Blekker, which glows from afar when the weather is sunny. Or, as the West Flemish put it, “bleach”. This is also the name of the 240 hectare nature reserve.

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      • August 18, 2020

  3. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    August 17, 2020

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      Between Ypres and Diksmuide there are some steep slopes that will let you feel your calves. Wine lovers will find the distraction they need in the Entre-Deux-Monts wine domain. Beer fanatics pedal all the way to St. Sixtus Abbey in the hope of getting a taste of the world-famous West Vleteren Trappist.

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      • August 18, 2020

  4. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    August 17, 2020

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      There is something magical about the Leie, on which flax has been reddened for years. During the 18th and 19th centuries it was the center of a thriving industry, the remains of which can be found in meadows and walled farmhouses. The Leiemeersen, for example, were full of typical flax chapels.In Wervik you leave the original Leie and crank towards the Westhoek. You are approaching the old WWI front. Fortunately, now, 100 years later, nature is the winner here. On the way to Ypres you cycle past the domain "Palingbeek", a nature reserve of more than 230 hectares, which consists of an unfinished canal and the surrounding forests.

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      • August 18, 2020

  5. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    August 17, 2020

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      The Flemish "mountains" alternate. From the Parikeberg to the whole mountain, Steenberg, Eikenberg, Boigneberg, Statieberg, Muziekberg, Scherpenberg, Kluisberg, the bike-crazy Flame knows them all. There are many famous races in this region: De Omloop van het Nieuwsblad , Dwars door Vlaanderen, E3 Harelbeke, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Ronde Van Vlaanderen - luckily there are valleys between all these hills that are also good for cycling.

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      • August 18, 2020

  6. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    August 17, 2020

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      Cycling from the Zenne to the Dender is cycling through countryside, greenery and silence. Visit the internationally known rose garden of Coloma en route. Here you will find more than 3,000 rose varieties that grow on 60,000 bushes. Hiking and walking in the 15 acre domain is wonderful.If you are a plant lover, you should also check out the special collections of tree peonies, hydrangeas and the unique collection of Ghent Hart-Azelea on the Groenenberg castle domain. The museum garden of Gaasbeek Castle, on the other hand, offers an impressive overview of traditional and often extremely rare types of fruit, vegetables and trellis.

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      • August 18, 2020

  7. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    August 17, 2020

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      Heverleebos, Meerdaal Forest and Sonian Forest are remnants of what was once the coal forest. Julius Caesar described the forest that stretched across central Belgium in his war diaries. Large areas were then cleared and reclaimed for agriculture.Over the valley of the Ijse, a tributary of the Dijle, you cycle to Sint-Genesius-Rode, the area of the Besenbinder. After a few climbs you will reach the city of Halle.

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      • August 18, 2020

  8. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    August 17, 2020

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      Between Sint Truiden and Heverlee you cycle through the valleys of the Little and Big Gete. Wide fields give way to a mosaic of thicket, hay meadows and forest.The brew kettle reveals the true nature of Hoegaarden. Wheat beer has been brewed here for hundreds of years. The village's brewing industry peaked in the first half of the 18th century. Later, due to a changing market and increasing competition, it steadily lost its importance.Then 50 years ago a local milkman, Pierre Celis, had the dream of reconnecting his village with its glorious past. In 1966 he launched his first wheat beer. Today Hoegaarden wheat beer is sold in dozens of countries.After a drive through the picturesque valleys of the Gete you will reach the centuries-old forest properties south of Leuven.

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      • August 21, 2020

  9. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    August 17, 2020

    03:14
    33.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,075 ft
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      Start your day with a tourist highlight: the marl caves of Kanne. Then get back in the saddle and set course for Sint Truiden. Soon the path begins to lead uphill to the Tiendeberg. The route meanders through the nature reserve of the same name in several zigzag curves.Due to the unique calcareous soil of this mountain and the grazing by sheep, a veritable sea of flowers extends here during the warm seasons. Now you can especially enjoy the hilly landscapes, coupled with a panoramic view. Or you can visit one of the typical castles.

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      • August 18, 2020

  10. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    August 17, 2020

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      Now you have definitely arrived in the Maasland. The river and its floodplains dominate the scene. In the summer months, the beautiful landscape hardly suggests that the water of the Meuse reaches dyke height in winter. This can be seen on the measuring piles for measuring the water level. At Kanne, known for its marl caves and the mining of marl stones, you cross the Dutch border to Maastricht, the capital of Dutch Limburg.

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      • August 18, 2020

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