Discovering the mining region: Houthalen-Helchteren

Houthalen-Helchteren, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route: 753255

Provided by: Tourist Info

47.9 km
02:48 h
843 kcal
77 m


In the mining area around Houthalen-Helchteren you will find - of course - many remnants of the industrial past, such as a mining slag heap that you can climb and a café on the former mining site. But you will also discover an ancient castle, with a brewery!

Pitcherl Zolder
Your route starts at VVV Tourism Houthalen-Helchteren, where you will find all the information about this beautiful green region. You will soon cycle to the Zolder mine (with café!), where you can climb the slag heap for a nice view. In the 1920s and 1930s, a number of village-like garden suburbs quickly arose in this former agricultural region to accommodate the influx of miners. Like Lindeman, which you drive through.

Castle brewery
Near Helchteren the landscape slopes slightly. Here you pass Castle Ter Dolen from the thirteenth century. The castle was once the summer residence of the abbots of Sint-Truiden Abbey. Renovations in the eighteenth century gave the building the appearance of a country house. The castle brewery is located in the castle farm, be sure to have a drink here! A beautiful route through forest and heath leads you past the Winterslag slag heap back to Houthalen.

Visitor center Castle

Height Profile

Tourist Info

Are you going out in Belgium? and can you use some extra information before you get on your bike or start your hike? Then pay a visit to one of the many Tourist Information points that you can find throughout Belgium. away. Then you can be well prepared with great tips from locals.

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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.


# Description Distance
Toerisme Houthalen-Helchteren (Pastorijstraat, 3530, Houthalen-Helchteren, Flanders, Belgium) 0.00 km
316 (3530, Houthalen-Helchteren, Flanders, Belgium) 1.58 km
311 (3550, Heusden-Zolder, Flanders, Belgium) 4.26 km
307 (3550, Heusden-Zolder, Flanders, Belgium) 5.25 km
308 (3530, Houthalen-Helchteren, Flanders, Belgium) 9.86 km
309 (3530, Houthalen-Helchteren, Flanders, Belgium) 10.32 km

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