In Belgium, the landscape of the Meuse is characterised by dramatic rock faces many with castles perched on top. In Dinant, the citadel towers above the distinctive onion dome of its church. Another castle overlooks Namur, the capital of Wallonia, at the confluence of the rivers Meuse and Sambre. Further downstream, you can visit the forts of Huy and Liège, the 'Ville Ardente', with its impressive new train station designed by the famous architect Calatrava. After passing the city of Visé, you have the choice to continue on the east bank or discover Belgian Limburg along the charming west bank of the Meuse.
Download here the full GPS tracks of EuroVelo 19 - Meuse Cycle Route in Wallonia, here in Flanders, and start planning your next cycling holidays!
The Belgian national railway company SNCB offers two options: the “bike card”, which allows you to make a single journey, or the “day pass”, which allows you to take your bike on the train during the entire day and throughout the entire country. Both are valid for a bike or a tandem, and optionally a kid’s bike trailer (but the SNCB strongly discourages bringing bikes on the train during rush hours).
If you are coming from or going to the Netherlands, you can take your bike on the train (except on Thalys and Fyra trains) but only outside peak hours (which are on weekdays except in July/August, from 6:30 to 9:00 and 16:30 to 18:00).
As the number of bikes allowed on board varies greatly from one train to another, think of inquiring before embarking if you are traveling in a group. Moreover, your bike must be transported in a special carriage. To know where this carriage will be, it is best to approach the train conductor with your bicycle next to you.
Only folding bikes can be carried within the TEC buses in Wallonia.
Through developing personalised solutions that facilitate and encourage people to transition to cycling, Pro Velo contributes to a higher quality of life. Pro Velo develops personalised solutions to facilitate and encourage people to transition to cycling. Theirs mobility experts support governments, organisations and citizens. The association improve the public image of cycling and accompany future cyclists, young and old, on the road.
Grote Routepaden is a non-profit organization that develops, signposts and maintains the LF cycle routes and long distance walking paths in Flanders. The management of the LF network is a shared responsibility with Tourism Flanders. Grote Routepaden also publishes topo guides and other cycling and walking products. EuroVelo 4 and 12 follow LF1 through Ostend and De Haan, EuroVelo 5 follows LF6 through Ronse, Geraardsbergen and Brussels, and EuroVelo 19 follows part of 'Vlaanderen Fietsroute'.
The Ravel is more than 1,400 km of paths reserved for pedestrians, cyclists, horseback riders and people with reduced mobility. The Réseau Autonome des Voies Lentes (RAVeL - Network of slow lanes) is composed of greenways that are developed on old towpaths and abandoned railways. This results in more than 50 marked routes for family walks, hikes, horseback riding, rollerblading or, of course, cycling...
This website provides a lot of information on what to visit in Limburg, as well as accommodation information. There are some original cycle routes to discover in Limburg (the most famous one being 'Cycling through Water') and you can learn more on this website!
See the website for more information: www.belgiantrain.be. Connections to Hasselt (line 34), Brussels (line 36), Namur (line 125), Maastricht in the Netherlands (line 40), Aachen in Germany (line 37) and Luxembourg (line 43). The Thalys linking Paris, Aachen, Cologne, Dortmund, Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Essen also stops in Liège-Guillemins.