Let yourself be transported to a royal past

Retie, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route: 907275

based on 2 reviews

Provided by: De Kempen

43.4 km
02:33 h
765 kcal
28 m


In the mid-nineteenth century, the Belgian royal family acquired 4,500 hectares of land in Retie, Kasterlee, Geel and Oud-Turnhout. A smart investment with a social touch: hundreds of poverty-stricken Kempen farmers could get started there. Take a tour through this area and let history come to life.

The Prinsenpark
The planned castle never came to be, but King Leopold I liked to organize hunting parties on his Kempen domain. Family snapshots show Princess Josephine-Charlotte, sister of (the previous) Kings Baudouin and Albert II, going out by bike. Today, the beautiful ponds, atmospheric walking paths and impressive trees of the Prinsenpark remind us of this regal past. It is therefore the ideal starting point for this route, which serves you a generous portion of nature.

Natural beauty
The Kabouterberg and the nearby Hoge Mouw Provincial Green Domain are iconic because of the trees with aerial roots and the mix of sand, dunes and pine trees. In addition, you will encounter fascinating heritage, from an old Augustinian monastery to a former British military domain. Both are now ideal sources of relaxation. Do the children cycle along? Then choose the short, fun Prinsjesroute at https://www.kempen.be/route/prinsenroute.
Nature reserve Abbey Waterwheel mill Day recreation Forest Dunes and beach Heather Hills Nature Route Recreation area

Height Profile

De Kempen

Just across the border from North Brabant you will find the Antwerpse Kempen. Enjoy forests, heaths, beautiful old sights such as beguinages and abbeys and charming towns and villages such as Turnhout, Lier and Malle. You can also let yourself be pampered culinary with the most delicious regional dishes


# Description Distance
94 (Kastelsedijk, 2470, Retie, Flanders, Belgium) 0.00 km
25 (Grotekievit, 2470, Retie, Flanders, Belgium) 1.30 km
24 (Aardseweg, 2440, Geel, Flanders, Belgium) 3.95 km
87 (2440, Geel, Flanders, Belgium) 6.63 km
Watermolen van Brustele (De Watermolen, 2460, Kasterlee, Flanders, Belgium) 7.05 km
Domein De Putten (2460, Kasterlee, Flanders, Belgium) 7.20 km


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