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!
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.
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.
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