By bike and boat in Belgium: Small country. Big attraction.
Belgium is a relatively small country. But it offers a lot in a small space. The country is fascinating. It was built on an area with a varied and exciting history. Great architecture was created here. Merchants have accumulated wealth here. Belgian cities such as Bruges (Venice of the North), Antwerp and Ghent were European trade metropolises and centres of the European cloth industry or cloth trade. All this makes Belgium a worthwhile destination for a combination of cycling holiday and boat trip.
The landscape of Belgium is also varied and beautiful. Green, gentle hilly landscapes with picturesque villages and stately country estates await you to explore by bike and boat.
Just as beautiful is the Belgian North Sea coast with seaside resorts like Ostend. Belgium is also convincing in culinary terms: for example with delicious Belgian pralines and waffles as well as Belgian beer.
Rückenwind Reisen invites you to get inspired on this website and to get to know the fascinating travel destination Belgium. We are an established tour operator for cycle and boat tours in many parts of Europe. We also offer attractive tours by bike and boat through Belgium and neighbouring countries. Look forward to a great trip and wonderful holidays.
Belgium: 1000 facets of culture
If you talk about the culture of Belgium, famous names quickly fall. For example, the family of the painter Peter Paul Rubens comes from Flamen. He himself was born in the German city of Siegen and died in Antwerp, Belgium. The surrealist Rene Magritte was just as Belgian as the art nouveau architect Victor Horta. The singer Jacques Brel, the writer Georges Simenon and many other personalities also came from Belgium.
Belgium is also known for its buildings and sculptures. In Brussels alone, you can spend several days seeing them all. Here stand the Manneken Pis, the Atomium and the Gothic Town Hall at the famous Grand-Place, the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula and the Royal Palace.
Brussels'; sights are among the highlights of a cycling and boating holiday from Brussels to Bruges in Belgium. This trip will also take you to the diamond city of Antwerp with its fascinating sacred buildings such as the Cathedral of Our Lady.
You will see Ghent with its Gravensteen Castle, one of the largest moated castles in Europe. Bruges is also one of your destinations: with its belfry and the Rozenhoedkaai, which offers a magnificent view of some of the city's historic buildings.
A holiday by bike and boat can also take you to many important museums in Belgium. Examples include the Rubens House or the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum in Bruges and the Comic Strip Museum in Brussels, sometimes referred to as the European comic capital.
Belgium's culture fascinates on combined boat and bicycle tours but also away from the most famous sights. During his tours, one often encounters some smaller, less known but nevertheless fascinating sightseeings and things. These include many romantic squares in smaller Belgian towns, walls with large comic drawings, charming gardens and parks, as well as Belgian delicacies such as chocolate, moules-frites (chips with mussels) and the famous Belgian beer.
Belgium: the hills, the forests, the sea!
A bicycle and boat trip through Belgium is not only fascinating because of its charming culture. The nature in the country can also inspire. Your itinerary in Belgium can take you through landscapes with poplar avenues and old towpaths, to beautiful river regions along the Scheldt and into the Walenhoek forest area. It was created from old clay pits and offers you a delightful mix of trees and ponds. Embedded in the landscapes are many romantic villages, which underline the beauty of the regions.
In addition to the natural landscapes of Flanders, there are Belgium's parks and gardens, in which charming nature presents itself. These include the Warande Park in Brussels, the romantic Minnewater Park in Bruges and the Spoor Noord Landscape Park. It is characterised by wide grassy areas and originated on an old Antwerp railway site. And then there's the Belgian coast. Enjoy a stay on beautiful sandy beaches and by the sea: for example as the end of a tour by bike and boat from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Bruges in Belgium.
Netherlands or Belgium: Why not both countries?
Belgium? Or maybe the Netherlands? Sometimes you can hardly make up your mind. On the one hand, Rückenwind offers you dreamlike bike and boat trips in Belgium. On the other hand, there are also beautiful trips by bike and boat through the Netherlands. Both countries have their charm, both present themselves with numerous sights, beautiful coasts and river landscapes. Doing what?
It's nice not to have to make up your mind at times. Rückenwind Reisen also offers you a holiday by bike and boat where you can get to know both countries. An example of such a travel offer is the trip from Amsterdam to Bruges or from Bruges to Amsterdam with the MS MAGNIFIQUE.
You start with the variant from Amsterdam to Bruges in the famous canal city and reach Kinderdijk with the world-famous 19 windmills. The historic Flemish cities of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges are further destinations on this combination of cycling holiday and boat trip in Belgium and the Netherlands, which also includes a nice stay on the North Sea.
By bike and boat through Belgium? That's a good idea!
Rückenwind Reisen divides all cycling holidays into difficulty levels from "easy"; to "demanding";. Our Belgian tours by bike and boat all belong to the category "easy";. This means for you: flat cycle paths, hardly any climbs and tours, which mostly lead over asphalted farm roads.
The ships that offer you a temporary home during your voyages through Belgium each have their own character. But without exception all are well equipped to offer you wonderful holidays. The ships that are on the move in Belgium for Rückenwind and partner include, for example:
- the MS MAGNIFIQUE: with a restaurant in the tastefully furnished saloon, bar and lounge with large windows and two partially covered sun decks, which include a whirlpool and a barbecue station.
- the MS MECKLENBURG: The comfortable river ship offers you a particularly personal atmosphere. Due to its low draught, it is suitable for cruising in shallow waters. The cosy saloon with large windows offers a pleasant stay as well as the partially covered sun deck.
The services included in the Rückenwind bike and boat tours usually include full board, detailed bike maps and further information material for the tours per cabin as well as daily cabin cleaning. Top journeys. Good ships. Look forward to a nice holiday with Rückenwind travel in Belgium.