Each province in Flanders offers a wide range of thematic cycling loops. From beer-inspired cycling routes, to WWI routes and guided tours throughout the city center, there is a cycling route for every taste!
Routes in East-Flanders
- Concrete Canvas Tour: Fans of street art can indulge themselves to the full in Ghent. The Concrete Canvas Tour guides you past the most iconic and interesting artworks in the streets of Ghent. There are no fewer than 54 artworks to be discovered, either on foot or by bike. The walking route features 32 artworks (2 hours’ walking or 7.5 km) and the bike route showcases 52 artworks (2 hours’ cycling or 14.5 km). The route is available in Dutch, French and English.
- Countrywide cycle routes
- The Lys Region Route
- Chateau route
- Bike junction maps
- Find more cycling routes.
Routes in West-Flanders
- The Legacy (37 km). Zonnebeke is the heart of the famous Ypres Salient from World War I. The Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, where hundreds of thousands of people were killed in only a few months’ time, still is an international symbol of gratuitous war violence. The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 remembers vividly of the Battle of Passchendaele. The museum, situated in a beautiful castle park, is the ideal base for a tour to the ancient battle fields. With the Legacy cycle route you can, starting at the museum, discover the rich heritage of the municipality of Zonnebeke in a pleasant manner.
- Cogge-Geeraert (41 km). The cycling route highlights the flooding of the IJzer plain during the First World War and the role that historical figures Karel Cogge and Hendrik Geeraert played in the event. The route connects places and monuments that bear witness to this remarkable event and stand as reminders of the suffering of war: the Albert I monument in Nieuwpoort, the Town and Country House in Veurne, the Belgian military cemeteries of Steenkerke and Ramskapelle, the bust of Karel Cogge, the Ganzepoot sluice complex, and the former railway line turned cycling route known as the "Frontzate".
- Peace cycle route (45 km). The Peace Route offers an ideal introduction to the Ypres Salient, the old arch-shaped front line which enclosed Ypres on three sides during the First World War. It starts on the market square in the heart of Ypres and first leads to the Palingbeek provincial domain, Hill 60 and Hill 62 - three locations of great strategic significance for the armies of both sides. The route continues through pleasant countryside and passes a number of impressive military burial sites, including Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passendale, the German Soldatenfriedhof in Langemark and Essex Farm Cemetery in Boezinge.
- And much more you can find on the Westtoer website.
Routes in Antwerp
- Besides cycle routes you can follow by yourself, Antwerp also offers guided bicycle tours, for both groups and individuals. You can choose from a vast variety of themes and routes and discover this bustling city on your bike.
- Dijle valley route (57 km - only available in Dutch). You could describe the Dijle valley route as being the most beautiful cycle path that links Mechelen and Leuven. It is the first circular route that links these two historical Flemish cities. This cycle path loops through the lovely Dijle valley and the towpath beside the Leuven-Dijle canal Areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Mechels Broek and Wijgmaalbroek offer views of rural landscapes where you can also see the rare black poplar. There is also plenty to discover in the historical cities of Leuven and Mechelen; from an atmospheric beguinage to the spectacular sky walk at the top of the St Rombouts belfry.
- The Golden Carolus route (58 km - only available in Dutch). The Golden Carolus route from Het Anker Brewery in Mechelen is popular with beer drinkers. The Golden Carolus route links the brewery on the edge of the beguinage with De Molenberg Whiskey distillery in Blaasveld. This circular cycle route combines age old monuments in the inner city with the lovely green and the peaceful river landscape of the Mechelen region. On the towpaths along the Dijle, Nete, Zenne or Rupel you can cycle blissfully along with no cars to disturb you. You can cycle past wonderful nature reserves including the Mechels Broek, the Zennegat and the Vrijbroek Park. You can stop off at Het Anker restaurant for a beer or choose a meal from the local cuisine. From stew to sorbet, the choice is yours…
- Make sure you discover the other routes, such as the Trappist route (Westmalle Trappist abbey) and the Landlopers route (only available in Dutch).
Routes in Flemish-Brabant
WOI cycling routes
- The Gete Line cycle route is 69 km in length, although shorter routes can also be taken. The 25 information boards that you pass in Halen, Geetbets, Linter, Zoutleeuw and Tienen relate the wartime history of the beautiful surroundings. A number of these boards are not on the route itself, but signposts with a poppy show you where to go to find them, after which you can follow the same path back to the cycling route.
- The Dijle Line cycle route is 91 km in length, although shorter routes can also be taken. The 29 information boards that you pass in Aarschot, Rotselaar, Haacht, Herent, Kampenhout and Boortmeerbeek detail the wartime history of the region. A number of these boards are not on the route itself, but signposts with a poppy show you where to go to find them, after which you can follow the same path back to the cycling route.
- The Brabantse Kouters cycle route consists of three loops of 31, 40 and 45 km that contain many World War I sites. The 30 km cycling loop departs from Affligem, the 45 km one from Steenhuffel , and the 40 km loop starts in Kapelle-op-den-Bos. There are a total of 59 intriguing World War I locations to be visited on the cycle routes.
Beer cycling routes
- Steer for beer – Geuzeroute – 38 km Country of the Geuze, the world-famous and unique beer of the Pajottenland and the Zenne valley. The route leads you through a green, hilly region, scattered with breweries where tradition and craft are still very important. You start at 3 Fonteinen Brewery and pass by the Oud Beersel Brewery and Geuze maker Hanssens Artisanaal. Between intersections 61 and 83 you can call in at the “De Lambiek” visitors’ centre for artisanal Lambic beers in Alsemberg, where you will discover the production process of this sublime and unique beer.
- Cycle rides out of Leuven. Why not combine a visit to Leuven with a relaxing bicycle ride? Leuven is located at the heart of the surprisingly green and varied province of Flemish Brabant. In this booklet you will find four bicycle routes. Each reveals a different aspect of the region. Got kids with you? Head for the woods where you will find fun trails and climbs aplenty. Or breathe in the history of the Hageland on a ride to the magnificent Horst Castle. Pass splendid parks and castles on your way to the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren. Or let the Leuven-Dijle Canal guide you as you relive four decades of Rock Werchter, sample some “white gold” (chicory) and visit the birthplace of Father Damien.
- Read more about cycling in Flemish-Brabant.