Discovering the mining region: Houthalen-Helchteren

  • Belgium
  • Flanders
  • Houthalen-Helchteren
  • 47.85 km (Approximately 02:48 u)
  • Cycling route 753255
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Discovering the mining region: Houthalen-Helchteren

  • Belgium
  • Flanders
  • Houthalen-Helchteren
  • 47.85 km (Approximately 02:48 u)
  • Cycling route 753255

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.

Directions

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

Pause places

Toerisme Houthalen-Helchteren

Pastorijstraat 30
3530 Houthalen-Helchteren
http://www.toerismehouthalen-helchteren.be

VVV Tourism Houthalen-Helchteren is the information office for the green heart of Houthalen-Helchteren. This area is best experienced on foot or by bike. Discover the quiet beauty of De Wijers along peaceful paths and endless landscapes. Pedal in the shade of ancient oaks and catch your breath in one of the numerous bicycle cafes, on the terrace of a castle, a blanket on the tree dream bench or a decking in the reeds. A mix of natural beauty, nostalgia and star spots ensures that Houthalen-Helchteren continues to surprise, always and everywhere.

Sights

Kasteel Ter Dolen

Het land van bier, melk en honing
3530 Houthalen-Helchteren

Castle Ter Dolen is a castle from the 16th century. The predecessor of this castle was used in the Middle Ages as a summer residence for the abbots of the Abbey of Sint-Truiden.

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