Cycling from Brussels to Bruges

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This linear cycling trip follows the artwork of the Flemish Masters and takes in the iconic cities of Belgium. Starting in Brussels with it’s fabulous Grand Place and many more historic sights, to the home of beer, antiques and diamonds in Antwerp, via the UNESCO City of Music of Ghent and finishing in fairytale Bruges – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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All about the Cycling from Brussels to Bruges.

Starting in Belgium’s capital city of Brussels, you would be excused if you were to add a few extra nights on to do a city break here before the cycling starts to discover the variety of monuments, historic sites and architecture as well as shopping arcades, parks, gardens, art galleries and museums. Discover why Brussels is famous for its food, comic strips as well as the world-famous Manneken Pis statue, the Atomium and the amazing Grande Place.
On your journey northwest, follow the artwork of the Flemish Masters – Van Eyck, Bruegel and Rubens with exhibitions and events during 2021 along the route. You get a chance to visit the iconic cities of Antwerp and Ghent before arriving in the ‘Venice of Northern Flanders’, Bruges. Visit forts and castles that made up the fortification line of Antwerp, a city famous for its beer traditions as well as its antiques, home decor curios and and diamonds. The Old Town of Ghent is like an open-air museum – it is also a UNESCO Creative City of Music with the music scene here absolutely thriving. Bruges has a fairytale atmosphere with its cobbled streets and squares, canals on which you can take boat trips past the traditional houses as well as its medieval architecture. The historic centre of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 and has a plethora of landmarks, museums and historical sights. The city is also world-famous for its lace production.

  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Brussels

    Arrive early and head for the Grande Place, the Manneken Pis or one of many other landmarks in this delightful city where culture vultures, shopaholics, gourmets and gourmands all feel at home. Stay at the NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg with breakfast.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Brussels to Mechelen

    After one last tour of the Grande Place, leave Brussels behind and cycle through the suburbs to Grimbergen, known for its lovely abbey church, a baroque basilica. Ride on tree-lined country lanes, along a river and through meadows to Mechelen, home of the 13th century St Rumbolds Cathedral and its tower with 360-degree views of the city. Stay at the Mercure Hotel V with breakfast.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Mechelen to Antwerp

    On todays route, enjoy the successful blend of Art Nouveau, neo-Gothic, neo-Empire and Art Deco at the Ursuline Institue of Our Lady of Wavre. Here, the winter garden is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau, an ode to nature, springtime and light! Continue through the countryside to Duffel on the River Nete, Mortsel and Berchem. Visit the island Fort in Mortsel (one of eight Brialmont Forts that made up the defensive line of Antwerp). Discover Antwerp, a city with a long tradition with beer as well as antiques and curios, vintage fashion and diamonds. Stay at the Hampton Antwerp with breakfast.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Antwerp to Dendermonde

    Follow the River Scheldt for most of the route today. Visit 10th century Wissekerk Castle, another of Antwerps fortifications. Further along the river, cross by ferry, then continue atop the river dike to De Zilverreiger, a regional museum focused on preserving knowledge about local trades and crafts that once flourished: basket weaving, river fishery, cooperage (barrel making), flax processing and clog making. Stay at the Abalona B+B with breakfast.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Dendermonde to Ghent

    Today’s route continues on the Scheldt river banks, cycling past a string of Flemish villages and towns. Laarne Castle is a great place for a break before continuing to Ghent. The Old Town of Ghent is like an open-air museum. It is also a UNESCO Creative City of Music. The music scene here is thriving. Festivals, musical institutions, the carillon, concerts, students of music having a sing-song on the quays… music is everywhere. After dark the ambiance is magical, thanks to the town’s ingenious street lighting. Stay at the Europahotel with breakfast.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Ghent to Maldegem

    Head west and discover the rural Meetjesland region, a cycling paradise with woods, meadowland and vast cropfields. It is easy pedalling through the flat landscape to Eeklo, a small town known for its many sculptures. Then continue through the Het Leen and Drongengoed woods. In the evening, put your feet up in Maldegem. Stay at the Amaryllis Hotel with breakfast.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Maldegem to Bruges

    Yet another lovely route through the flat Flemish countryside. After Maldegem, pass through some quiet villages including Knesselare, Maria-Aalter and Moerbrugge. On the last stretch, follow the Ghent-Bruges canal. It dates back to the 14th century and is one of the oldest in the country and together with its towpath verges, it forms a green corridor that is important for biodiversity. Your final destination of Bruges is a truly charming town with its cobbled streets and squares, canals, medieval-looking buildings and a fairytale ambiance. Stay at the Hotel Velotel with breakfast.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Leave Bruges

    After breakfast, you depart from Bruges.

Where you stay
NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg
Located close to the Grande Place, this contemporary hotel offers a great base from which to explore this fabulous city. The hotel offers 155 stylish rooms with ensuite bathrooms, wooden flooring, complimentary Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, minibar, safe and satellite TV. The hotel has an ‘Open Bar’ in the lobby and a gym with a selection of Cardio equipment (treadmill, stationary bike, cross trainer) as well as weights and mats. Free for guests, water, fruit, and towels are also provided. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used
Mercure Hotel V
This 4 star design hotel sits on the cosiest little square in Mechelen – the Vismarkt – and is located in a former fish smokehouse and cigar factory. Comfortable and contemporary rooms offer ensuite bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, safe, LCD TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and a wellness area with swimming pool, hammam, jacuzzi and two saunas (wellness facilities are at an extra cost per person, payable locally). Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used
Hampton by Hilton
This contemporary hotel is located directly across from Antwerp’s Central Station and is close to neighborhood shopping and restaurants. Just steps from Antwerp’s Zoo and three kilometres from the city centre with its MAS Museum and the Cathedral of Our Lady. The hotel has a lobby bar and a fitness centre. Bedrooms are contemporary in style and offer ensuite bathrooms, HDTV, seating and complimentary Wi-Fi. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used
Abalona B+B
With just 13 rooms, the Abalona luxury B+B, located just 1.9km from Dendermonde’s market square, offers contemporary and very comfortable accommodation with king size beds, ensuite design bathrooms, seating area, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. As well as its own vineyard, the property offers a lounge area with a bar, a tranquil garden space with a koi carp pond and outdoor seating with parasols. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used
Europa Hotel
The 41-room Europahotel sits looking over the River Lys (or Leie) and bedrooms on the front side have views over the river. The accommodation is light and contemporary with ensuite facilities (shower or bath), TV, mini bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, safe and Nespresso coffee machine. The hotel also offers a bar, brasserie restaurant (closed on Saturday afternoon, Sundays and holidays) and terrace, where customers can relax. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used
Amaryllis Hotel
This cozy and recently refurbished family-run hotel has just 12 bedrooms, all ensuite with bath and shower, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. The property also offers a sun terrace, bar and brasserie (open daily excl. Sundays). Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used
Hotel Velotel
Located within easy reach of the centre of Bruges, the Velotel has 115 very comfortable and refurbished rooms, decorated with a nod to cycling tourism and with great facilities including ensuite bathroom with bath or shower, air-conditioning, flat screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is a garden, a restaurant with tea room and a bar with a lounge and sun terrace. Guests also have complimentary use of the sauna, fitness area, petanque and tennis. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used
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