Bilzen, Membruggen and Hoeselt

Cycling in Bilzen, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route 125704

Provided by: Groots Genieten

1254 35
44.7 km
02:37 h
788 kcal
119 m
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Have we ended up in the Bordeaux region? You would think so! The Wine Castle Genoelselderen not only has the appearance of a French castle, it also produces wine that competes effortlessly with the French top wines. This is due to the soil: the marl subsoil in Riemst is comparable to that of the classic French wine regions. Moreover, the local climate corresponds to the climate in the Burgundy region of about 100 years ago. Combine this with vines of the highest quality and you get top wines that are on the menu in the best Belgian restaurants. And this is not the only castle you pass on this route. The Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, which you will encounter in Bilzen, was built by the German knighthood. Now the impressive castle complex has been beautifully restored and transformed into a cultural center of the Flemish Government. A visit to the castle takes you very far back in time. Virtually the entire domain outside, including the church and the English park, is free to visit. The French garden can be visited for a fee. If you have the time, take a tour here with a guide - also a great idea for day two, if you're staying in the area. The most beautiful part of the moated castle is the authentically restored apartment of the Grand Commander and the blue salon. These areas can only be visited with a guide. Booties to put on your shoes are ready - everything to protect the expensive parquet! The welcome center in Alden Biesen-Bilzen has the pleasant task of promoting the beautiful Haspengouw castle landscape of Alden Biesen. Castles, religious monuments, marl caves: Hesbaye breathes history. Tongeren is the oldest city in Belgium here. But also the count town of Borgloon and Sint-Truiden, the sixth monumental city of Flanders. More than 100 castles spice up the landscape, including Grand Commandery Alden Biesen, one of the largest castle domains in the Euregion. In addition to being a real castle region, Haspengouw is also the largest fruit garden in Western Europe. In April the landscape changes into one colorful sea of blossoms, in the autumn millions of ripe apples, pears, strawberries, cherries, blackberries and berries stimulate your senses. During the blossom and harvest festivals, auctions and fruit companies open their doors wide; fruity activities take place everywhere. During this route you will also come across a beautiful nature reserve: the protected landscape Groenendaal-Zangerhei and the Bonijterbos, which are part of the Munster valley. The Munster valley lies exactly on the transition between the sandy soils of the Kempen and the loamy soils of Haspengouw. This ensures that typical species of both the Kempen and Haspengouw occur in the region. The Munster Valley is an important area especially for forest and prey birds. The cultural treasures here are clearly matched by the natural wealth!
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Directions

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85 (3740, Bilzen, Flanders, Belgium) 0.00 km
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85 (3740, Bilzen, Flanders, Belgium) 0.35 km
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85 (3740, Bilzen, Flanders, Belgium) 0.70 km
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200 (3740, Bilzen, Flanders, Belgium) 3.36 km
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84 (3740, Bilzen, Flanders, Belgium) 6.56 km
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104 (3740, Bilzen, Flanders, Belgium) 8.80 km

Place name directory

  • Bilzen, Flanders
  • Riemst, Flanders
  • Tongeren, Flanders
  • Hoeselt, Flanders

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