1 E Cycle rides out of Leuven 4 routes on the cycle network
2 4 routes on the cycle network leuven leuven - hageland (36 km) leuven - WERCHTER (42 km) leuven - TERVURE (48 km) leuven - zoet water (31 km) coverfoto Marco Mertens Why not combine a visit to Leuven with a relaxing bicycle ride? Leuven is located at the heart of the surprisingly green and varied province of Flemish Brabant. In this booklet you will find four bicycle routes. Each reveals a different aspect of the region. Got kids with you? Head for the woods where you will find fun trails and climbs aplenty. Or breathe in the history of the Hageland on a ride to the magnificent Horst Castle. Pass splendid parks and castles on your way to the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren. Or let the Leuven-Dijle Canal guide you as you relive four decades of Rock Werchter, sample some white gold (chicory) and visit the birthplace of Father Damien. 0 km 2 km 75 0 km km 2 km km ( ( fietsvriendelijk hostel km ( km 0 km ( 2 km 0 km 2 km 0 km 2 km ( ( ( ( bijzonder bijzonder gebouw gebouw cycle junction cycle route (semipaved,no cars allowed) cycle route bicycles for hire (kasseien) attractie point of interest abbey ( merkwaardige (boarding ( toeristische point boom for) ( access boat trips cycle route ( ( toeristische toeristische beguinage (no cars allowed) attractie cycle-friendly café bijzonder gebouw brewery fietsvriendelijk hostel toeristische toeristische unusual building fietsvriendelijk hostel cycle route (kasseien) merkwaardige cycle-friendly boom Provincial Domain (cobble stone) ( accommodation recreation area of fietsvriendelijk fietsvriendelijk hostel hostel cycle (not paved) cycle-friendly unusual merkwaardige tree boom fietsvriendelijk hostel youth hostel fietsvriendelijk toeristische hostel 75 Key to cycling map E314 A2 LEUVE KRUID- TUI Tervuursevest Oude Markt Grote Markt aamsestraat 10 Vaartkom Rijschoolstraat SIT- DOATUS PARK Mgr. Ladeuzeplein Bondgenotenlaan Blijde Inkomststraat Tiensestraat Vuurkruisenlaan Diestsevest Martelarenplein x
3 leuven - hageland (36 km) Out of Leuven and into the Hageland hills Head out from Leuven into the hills, taking in fairy-tale towers and historic sites. The keep of Horst Castle is maybe the best known tower, looming over a green landscape. The church towers of Vlierbeek Abbey and the orbertine Park Abbey are places of sacred tranquillity and, together with the Gempemolen, form part of a history that goes back centuries. Horst Castle Departure point Set off by bicycle from the centre of Leuven, using approach route to junction 33 or park on (Parking 3, Holsbeeksesteenweg) and cycle from there to junction 83. Provincial Domain of 83 The Provincial Domain of, located on the edge of Leuven, is a fabulous adventure park for families. Enjoy a picnic in the grass while the kids have fun on all the different playing apparatus. Amble around on the lake in a boat, dive into the paddling pool or visit the Lovenarenbroek nature reserve. And when you re done, the sunny terrace of the Stille Waters cafeteria awaits you. Vlierbeek Abbey 83 The Benedictine Monks of Affligen settled in Vlierbeek () in 1127 and were driven out by the French in The classic-style church, abbot s house and abbey farm exude a feeling of total authenticity. Stop for a while in the In den Rozenkrans inn, a heavenly spot full of nostalgia with beautiful views of the church. Horst Castle 65 The origins of the dramatic Horst Castle go back to the 13th century when it was built by the Lords of Horst as a fortified farm. The square residential towers were added in the 15th century and the industrious lady of the castle Maria-Anna van den Tympel converted it into its current form in the 17th century. She also built the coach house, today a stylish local inn and visitor centre. Major renovation works have restored the castle to its former glory. Provincial Domain of Vlierbeek Abbey Gempemolen The magnificent Gempemolen, set amid green surroundings on the banks of the Molenbeek brook, was built in Today, it is an enchanting brasserie where Hans Meus - the brother of the famous chef Jeroen Meus - conjures up a range of regional dishes. Every first Sunday of the month you can watch the old mill start up. orbertine Park Abbey GEMPEMOLE A green and tranquil oasis on the edge of the city and the best preserved abbey complex in the Low Countries, the orbertine Park Abbey is a stunning spot. The orbertine monks have lived there for almost 900 years and the complex has had nothing added or taken away since the end of the 18th century. The cloisters in particular are unscathed and phenomenal. orbertine Park Abbey ( Legende zie p. 2 merkwaardige boom Basiscartografie ationaal Geografisch Instituut Brussel Eet- en praatcafé Het Geheim - De Becker-Remyplein Het Wagenhuis Horststraat Sint-Pieters-Rode Brasserie De Gempemolen - Gempstraat Sint-Joris-Winge Brasserie estor - Staatsbaan Lubbeek Pigeon d Or - Tiensesteenweg Heverlee
4 Departure point leuven - werchter (42 km) In search of rock and devotion Set off by bicycle from the centre of Leuven, using approach route to junction 93 or park on (Parking 3, Holsbeeksesteenweg) and cycle from there to junction 83 and then 33. Damien Museum The Leuven-Dijle Canal At the Vaartkom in Leuven - a beautiful new part of the city - the Leuven-Dijle Canal heads towards Mechelen where it meets the Zenne to flow into the Dijle. Digging was officially commenced for this canal, one of the country s oldest, by Prince Charles of Lorraine in 17. Cycling is heavenly on the canal s flat and mostly traffic-free towpaths, which wind through the countryside like a green ribbon. Café Maritime Stop and take a breather in this spot that fits in perfectly with the mood of this cycle ride along the water. Café Maritime, a lock house that dates back to 1763, is today a highly original brasserie. Relax in the sunshine on the large terrace while the children have fun on the playground. The digital info kiosk tells you all about the local attractions and activities. rock werchter x Chicory Museum 20 Join the chicory cleaners as they enter the chicory house and listen to their juicy stories, pick up some delicious chicory recipes and find out about the agricultural machinery of the time. In the Chicory Museum in Kampenhout, you can learn all about this white gold of the region. Chicory farming still takes place, but its agricultural, social and cultural impact was once inestimable. Damien Museum 25 The house where Father Damien (born Jozef De Veuster) was born in 1840, still stands in inde near Tremelo. His parents ran a farm and traded grain. Today you can discover the life and work of this hero and saint here. A few remarkable items remain such as the coffin in which he was buried in 1889 and brought back to our country by ship in Chicory Museum FOTO VERVAGE! café maritime Rock Werchter X 71 Rock Werchter X is an exhibition of posters, anecdotes, photos, names and of course music that tell the story of four decades of rock history. And numbers, some very big numbers: more than 1,000 concerts, millions of visitors, 0 artists from 20 countries. Rock Werchter X is an ode to this festival, a contender for the world s best. For those who have been there, and for those who have not, a great chance to discover the ambiance. Take the mostly traffic-free towpaths of the Leuven- Dijle Canal and leave the city behind you as you delve into an astonishing region that has something for everyone: brute rock force in Rock Werchter X, the life of a saint in the Damien museum, a leading culinary product in the Chicory Museum and a heavenly place to take a break on the water s edge. Legende zie p. 2 The Leuven-Dijle Canal Basiscartografie ationaal Geografisch Instituut Brussel ovotel Leuven Centrum - Vuurkruislaan Leuven Int Geniep - Baron Descamplaan Wijgmaal Eet- en Feestcafé Maritime - Sas 3-31 Tildonk Café De Brousse - Kruineikstraat Tildonk De Wilg - Langedonckstraat Boortmeerbeek Bistro Perfect - Dorpplaats Boortmeerbeek Brasserie Hof ter Dijle - Keerbergenbroek Haacht Café De Wissel - Sint-Jansstraat Werchter Café t Werrek - Sint-Hadrianusstraat Wijgmaal
5 leuven - tervuren (48 km) A Royal Ride from Leuven to Tervuren The Dijle Valley takes you out of the city past royal castles, a 1000-year-old church with an imperial secret, a duke s hunting grounds and the Royal Museum for Central Africa. A surprisingly green tour with a regal allure. Leefdaal Castle Verona Chapel Departure point Set off by bicycle from the centre of Leuven, using approach route to junction 74, or park on Willem De Croylaan and cycle from there to junction 75. Arenberg Castle Today, Arenberg Castle brims over with creative activity. It currently houses the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of KU Leuven, and all types of engineering students carry out research there. This magnificent castle stands on the original site of the Lords of Heverlee s 12th century stronghold. It gained its current form in the 16th century. Verona Chapel This charming little church takes you back centuries: the oldest walls go back to the year 900 and the towers were built 1000 years ago. Legend has it that the chapel is the burial place of Saint Verona, a German empress from the 9th century. It is possible that Verona never existed, because villagers claim that the name of the chapel comes from the name Vroeienberg, meaning Lord s Mount. Leefdaal Castle The round towers, the stepped gables and the beautiful wooded location all give this castle a fairy-tale aura. The castle you see today was built in 1626 on the former site of a knight s stronghold. The white sandstone of the keep is the oldest visible part. This huge property was acquired in 1775 by the aristocratic Liedekerke family. Africa Museum Leopold II had the Royal Museum for Central Africa built as a showcase for his colony - the Congo. More than a century later this fascinating museum is being renovated. At the end of 2012, the museum will close its doors for 1,5 years. The famous architect Stéphane Beel has drawn up the impressive plans. Arenberg Castle Warande Park In the 12th century, this 45site 46formed the wooded hunting grounds of Henry I, the Duke of Brabant. Leopold II later turned the grounds into a neoclassic French garden. It is wonderful to stroll along the lakes of the Warande Park or wander through the ancient Warande Forest. Africa Museum Warande Park ( Legende zie p. 2 merkwaardige boom Basiscartografie ationaal Geografisch Instituut Brussel Eetkaffee De Dijlemolens - Zwarte Zusterstraat 16 bus Leuven Begijnhof Hotel - Groot Begijnhof Leuven Keizerskroon - Kerkstraat 1-30 Tervuren Pachthof Stroykens - Merenstraat Duisburg
6 leuven - Zoet Water (31 km) Delve into the woodlands This cycle ride takes you out of the city and into the woods. As soon as you leave Leuven, you delve into the greenery of the Heverleebos and Meerdaalwoud. Half way along the ride you will come across the craziest trails and climbs which makes it a great ride to go on if you have kids with you. Departure point Set off by bicycle from the centre of Leuven, using approach route to junction 74, or park on Willem De Croylaan and cycle from there to junction 75. Arenberg Castle Today, Arenberg Castle brims over with creative activity. It currently houses the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of KU Leuven, and all types of engineering students carry out research there. This magnificent castle stands on the original site of the Lords of Heverlee s 12th century stronghold. It gained its current form in the 16th century. Zoet Water 1 76 This area was one great marsh until the 17th century, but when the five lakes that make up the Zoet Water were created, it rapidly became a popular destination for Sunday outings. And so it remains. You can go for a hearty walk in the Heverleebos or Meerdaalwoud, play around in the recreation park or just enjoy a beer on the terrace of one of the many cafés. The picturesque castle on the edge is what remains of the former Steenbergen Castle. Everzwijnbad Play Area Right in the heart of the Meerdaalwoud, children can climb and scramble on wooden shapes, fly like Tarzan between the trees, play a giant game of mikado and have lots of other great adventures. Occasionally you will come across a funny wooden sculpture. A local artist, Ad Wouters, has transformed the trunks of dead oaks. Heverleebos Arboretum Arenberg Castle Meerdaalbos Meerdaalbos, together with the smaller Mollendaalbos and Kouterbos form the Meerdaalwoud, a walker s paradise with a network of majestic avenues. The deciduous woodland is all that remains of the Kolenwoud, an ancient woodland that covered the whole of Central Belgian region after the last ice age. Heverleebos Arboretum Park your bicycle in the bike shelter and go for a stroll through this attractive arboretum with 3 different types of indigenous and exotic trees and shrubs. Get your bearings on the map, stop for a breather in the rest area, soak up the sun in fields of heather, or take shelter in the log cabin. zoet water ( meerdaalbos Legende zie p. 2 merkwaardige boom Everzwijnbad Play Area Basiscartografie ationaal Geografisch Instituut Brussel Eetkaffee De Dijlemolens - Zwarte Zusterstraat 16 bus Leuven Begijnhof Hotel - Groot Begijnhof Leuven Taverne Restaurant t Kouterbos - Maurits oëstraat 1-30 Oud-Heverlee
7 1 Leave the bustling city of Leuven behind you and go on a relaxing cycle ride in Flemish Brabant, in the heart of Belgium. The city is located on the border of two tourist regions: the undulating Hageland and the Green Belt that encircles Brussels. Four cycle routes reveal the variety of the region with its rugged castles, vast woodlands, powerful rock music and royal parks. GROEE GORDEL HAGELAD LEUVE TOURISM LEUVE naamsestraat Leuven Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Sunday. Closed on public holidays and associated days and Sundays from 1 ovember to the end of February +32 (0) (0) Tourism Flemish Brabant +32 (0) fietspunt - Rent a bike Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1/ Leuven Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until 15 October also open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.