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  1. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    October 7, 2021

    03:09
    32.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    975 ft
    800 ft
    Rita, Bam and 2 others like this.
    1. VISITFLANDERS

      Today, on stage 2, we continue along the former front where people stood irreconcilably against each other. More than a hundred years since the First World War, Westhoek now welcomes you with open arms in a landscape where nature and history beautifully come together.

      The cycle routes here are as exceptional as the hospitality. It's up to you whether you start the Front Route 14-18 in Nieuwpoort or Messines. Just follow the signs and always remember: the journey is the destination.

      So, which Icon Route do you want to do next? Have a look here: komoot.com/collection/1241232/radeln-in-flandern-ikonen-radwege-durch-die-natur

      • October 7, 2021

  2. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    October 7, 2021

    1. VISITFLANDERS

      This bicycle Tour covers a difficult but important topic. The ‘Front Route 14-18’ takes you through the frontline landscape of the First World War. An area that was destroyed and rebuilt.

      The ride takes you on both sides of the front line where you learn about the importance of these wartime landscapes. The action unfolded in bunkers, dugouts, trenches, bomb craters and underground tunnels. An impressive and sometimes oppressive silence awaits in the dozens of military cemeteries.

      Today, you pass the Albert I monument in Nieuwpoort and cross the area between the IJzer and the old Frontzate railway line, which was flooded in 1914. You can also climb the 275-foot (84 m) high IJzer tower in Diksmuide.

      A hundred years ago, you couldn’t have travelled this route. It’s a firm reminder that we are lucky to live in peace and it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

      • October 7, 2021

  3. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    October 7, 2021

    03:17
    33.1 mi
    10.1 mph
    350 ft
    325 ft
    Stievie likes this.
    1. VISITFLANDERS

      Today is the last day of your Iconic Cycle Route Tour. For the last time, we'll throw everything into the mix and present you with culture, nature and (at the end of your journey) the North Sea.

      But first, you visit one of the most wonderful and magical cities in Flanders. With its hidden corners and countless old houses and bridges, Bruges has retained its medieval charm. No two streets in this pretty city are the same. You can stock up on delicious chocolates for the last few kilometres – and don’t forget to take plenty home!

      Riding along the canal from Bruges, you arrive in Ostend, close to the sea. This stretch of water has inspired many artists, most notably James Ensore, and contemporary art still thrives here today. Don't miss The Crystal Ship and Beaufort!

      These six days of cycling will fill you with many memories and stories that should keep you going through the winter and beyond.

      Are you already planning your next Tour? We have a few suggestions... Flanders awaits!

      • October 7, 2021

  4. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    October 7, 2021

    03:27
    36.1 mi
    10.5 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    chrisElkin and Egon WebRadler like this.
    1. VISITFLANDERS

      Welcome to day 5 of your journey through Belgium’s most beautiful cultural cities. We’ve made it even easier for you to navigate today – just follow the canal. The Ghent-Bruges Canal takes you from (who’d have thought it) Ghent to Bruges.

      On the way, you can breathe in the fresh air, which is created in the forests, meadows, moors and fields. We’ve pieced the patchwork landscape together with care. The Old Kalle Valley, the Hooggoed Forest and the Zuidleie Valley fill your ride with beautiful green scenes.

      To give you even more variety, we’ve included a few castles in between the countryside. This ride is peaceful and quiet. Enjoy the tranquility, as Bruges and Ostend await you on the final leg tomorrow, as well as many cultural sites from over the centuries.

      • October 7, 2021

  5. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    October 7, 2021

    03:18
    35.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    425 ft
    400 ft
    1. VISITFLANDERS

      Day 4 – by now, your cycling brain is probably already overflowing with new experiences. Are you ready for more?
      The city of Dendermonde, with its impressive cloth hall, is the first stop. Take a break here and stock up on provisions as next up you ride through nature, nature, and more nature.

      The Kalkense Meersen and the Gentbrugse Meersen are old cultivated landscapes that were created when humans dug canals, cultivated the fields and cleared woodlands here. Nature is now reclaiming the area and you’ll find rare plants and animals in the wet meadows and dry biotopes. No doubt these landscapes will make you aspire to be Magellan or Humboldt and unleash the explorer in you.

      Let your mind wander a little more, because tonight you are a guest in one of the most beautiful and famous cities of art. With many historic sights from centuries past, Ghent is a wonderful city. We show you two of the city’s highlights, but we bet you’ll find even more.

      • October 7, 2021

  6. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    October 7, 2021

    03:35
    38.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    425 ft
    475 ft
    1. VISITFLANDERS

      We don’t give you the chance to catch your breath on day three either. We’ve selected wonderful towns of all shapes and sizes for you to visit. You set off from Edegem, with its small castles and tranquil fort.

      After spending some time exploring the provinces, you arrive at the harbour metropolis of Antwerp which is a treasure trove of culture, art and history. Here, you can indulge in first-class gastronomy or stock up on myriad well-known and under-the-radar fashion designers. Remember the golden rule for cyclists though – don’t buy more than you can carry in your panniers!

      The harbour city is followed by beautiful landscapes, extensive marshlands and dikes, peppered with traces of the historic shipbuilding industry.

      Rupelmonde, named after the little River Rupel, greets you like an enchanted island. The town has a picturesque tower with a view that’ll make you forget to take photos.

      At the end, you visit a castle, straight from the pages of a fairytale. A remarkable sight, you’ll likely whisper ‘wow’ when you arrive.

      • October 7, 2021

  7. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    October 7, 2021

    03:32
    37.2 mi
    10.5 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    1. VISITFLANDERS

      Fuel for your body is vital when you cycle, especially in the form of international cuisine. This is exactly what we serve you at the beginning of your Tour in Mechelen. In the charming cities of Mechelen, Rumst and Lier, you can expect everything from Spanish tapas to French croissants as well as plenty of culture.

      Between tasty meals, you can enjoy enchanted castles, picturesque villas and old town halls, as well as a good dose of nature. Enjoy today – it’s bound to whet your appetite for more!

      • October 7, 2021

  8. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    October 7, 2021

    03:37
    36.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,100 ft
    Jeanmoonen likes this.
    1. VISITFLANDERS

      On day one of your Tour, you experience first hand how refreshing culture can be.
      Today, you pass through some of the most beautiful parks that Brussels has to offer. They will keep you cool, even in the hottest weather.

      Once you leave the regal buildings of the Belgian capital behind you, every shade of green surrounds you as you ride through the Zonien Forest and Tervuren Park.

      At the end of today's Tour, you can look forward to a visit to a concept brewery. A fitting end to a great journey.

      • October 7, 2021

  9. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    September 29, 2021

    Mike McCarthy likes this.
    1. VISITFLANDERS

      Today, on stage 2, we continue along the former front where people stood irreconcilably against each other. More than a hundred years since the First World War, Westhoek now welcomes you with open arms in a landscape where nature and history beautifully come together.

      The cycle routes here are as exceptional as the hospitality. It's up to you whether you start the Front Route 14-18 in Nieuwpoort or Messines. Just follow the signs and always remember: the journey is the destination.

      So, which Icon Route do you want to do next? Have a look here: komoot.com/collection/1241232/radeln-in-flandern-ikonen-radwege-durch-die-natur

      • September 29, 2021

  10. VISITFLANDERS planned a bike ride.

    September 29, 2021

    DaviesRM, Alli and 2 others like this.
    1. VISITFLANDERS

      This bicycle Tour covers a difficult but important topic. The ‘Front Route 14-18’ takes you through the frontline landscape of the First World War. An area that was destroyed and rebuilt.

      The ride takes you on both sides of the front line where you learn about the importance of these wartime landscapes. The action unfolded in bunkers, dugouts, trenches, bomb craters and underground tunnels. An impressive and sometimes oppressive silence awaits in the dozens of military cemeteries.

      Today, you pass the Albert I monument in Nieuwpoort and cross the area between the IJzer and the old Frontzate railway line, which was flooded in 1914. You can also climb the 275-foot (84 m) high IJzer tower in Diksmuide.

      A hundred years ago, you couldn’t have travelled this route. It’s a firm reminder that we are lucky to live in peace and it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

      • September 29, 2021

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