Nature and culture go hand in hand around Turnhout

  • Belgium
  • Flanders
  • Turnhout
  • 52.20 km (Approximately 03:04 u)
  • Cycling route 753763
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Nature and culture go hand in hand around Turnhout

  • Belgium
  • Flanders
  • Turnhout
  • 52.20 km (Approximately 03:04 u)
  • Cycling route 753763
Hop on your bike and ride this route through the surroundings of Turnhout, Oud-Turnhout and Merksplas. You cycle over the sandy soil of the Kempen with moors, meadows and fens. In Merksplas and Wortel you will discover the beautiful canal structure of the colonies. A beautiful bike ride in which nature and culture go hand in hand.

The history of playing cards
Tourism house't Steentje is the starting point of this route in the very cozy city of Turnhout. In 1826 Pieter Jozef Brepols put Turnhout on the map by having the first playing cards printed there. The industry soon took off and'Playing Cards City\\\' Turnhout became one of the most important producers of playing cards in the world. In Turnhout you can visit the National Playing Card Museum, but the Beguinage (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the castle of the Dukes of Brabant, St. Peter's Church and the Taxandria Museum are also worth a visit.

Through the Turnhouts Vennengebied
From the center of Turnhout you cycle to De Liereman, the green lung of Oud-Turnhout. Via the canal Dessel-Schoten you cycle along the former railway of the Bels Lijntje, right through the Turnhouts Vennen area. A detour along Zondereigen takes you to the colonies of Wortel and Merksplas. The Merksplas colony visitor center is a gem not to be missed.

Directions

# Description Distance
46
46 (Oude Dijk, 2300, Turnhout, Vlaanderen, België) 0.00 km
62
62 (Draaiboom, 2360, Oud-Turnhout, Vlaanderen, België) 3.39 km
62
62 (Schuurhovenberg, 2360, Oud-Turnhout, Vlaanderen, België) 3.63 km
21
21 (Lage Mierdse Weg, 2360, Oud-Turnhout, Vlaanderen, België) 5.99 km
63
63 (Leeuwerkstraat, 2360, Oud-Turnhout, Vlaanderen, België) 6.70 km
32
32 (Grote Baan, 2380, Ravels, Vlaanderen, België) 9.97 km

Pause places

Toerisme Turnhout

Grote Markt 44
2300 Turnhout
http://www.toerismeturnhout.be

Turnhout arose at the crossroads of two major trade routes and in the shadow of the hunting castle of the Dukes of Brabant. That castle would have existed before 1110. The hunting past is still reflected in the urban coat of arms with fleeing deer. In 1212 the small community received city rights from Duke Hendrik I of Brabant. At the end of the 13th century the beguinage was founded in Turnhout. In the 16th century, Turnhout had become a rich commercial center, but at the end of the century that function declined again due to war and epidemics. This city is also known as the'playing card city\\\'. In 1826 Pieter Jozef Brepols put Turnhout on the world map by having the first playing cards printed there. The industry soon took off and Turnhout became one of the most important producers of playing cards in the world.

Sights

Kasteel van de hertogen van Brabant

Kasteelplein 1
B-2300 Turnhout

This castle was built before 1110. The hunting past is still reflected in the coat of arms of the city.

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