Of all the regions in Flanders, the Maasland is the most popular region for cycling. No wonder, because the landscape around the river Meuse is really delightfully flat.
You can cover a lot of kilometres along the banks of the river Meuse. But don’t go too fast or you might miss some wonderful views. You can also watch the grazers that help manage the natural environment. The ferries are an easy way to cross the river, and then you are suddenly in a far-off foreign land - the Netherlands! The two countries’ cycle routes connect perfectly so you won't get lost.
String of Meuse villages
You don’t visit the Meuse villages for their bustling centres or the variety of things to do when you go out; you go to experience the peace and quiet and the beauty of a picturesque village. The church clock in the background is the only sound you will hear. It’s never been so easy to combine culture and nature in a single day.
What to do in the neighbourhood
Wandelgebied Mechelse Heide
None of the Gateways to the National Park are so adapted to hiking as the ‘Mechelse Heide’. The north side of the road between ‘As’ and ‘Maasmechelen’ (‘J. Smeetslaan’) will take you through a nice forest area, while the south side mainly consists of heather and will take you to some of the highest points of the ‘Hoge Kempen’. You can even see as far as Germany. Due to the difference in height, some of the routes are considered moderate to heavy walking. But it is well worth the effort, since these hikes will take you to some of the most beautiful patches of heather in the region (‘Mechelse Heide’ or ‘Kikbeekbron’). All the hiking routes fall within the boundaries of the National Park