Ovelo – Four streams and a castle

Walking ·

This route follows the picturesque valleys of the four streams Ulf, Braunlauf, Hasselbach and Our. So you don't just get the sporting enjoyment afforded by a hilly landscape. You also get some beautiful panoramas. Along the border between East Belgium and Wallonia you go past a few villages. They lie peacefully in the open landscape where the Ulf and the Braunlauf rise. Those dense woods seem a long way off now ... until you cross the Braunlauf in Galhausen and suddenly find yourself surrounded by trees again.

You climb to an altitude of 530 m here. When you get to the top, there's a vast panorama out over the Ulf valley awaiting you. Along the Hasselbach, you then come to the Vennbahn, embedded in the landscape, characterised as it is by the Braunlauf and the Our. In Hemmeres (D) the route brushes the German border, turning at the end of the Our valley towards one of the tributaries. Somewhat hidden away, Burg Reuland lies in the valley of the Ulf. It is one of East Belgium's oldest villages and the end of this tour. 

Follow the cycle route nodes: Burg-Reuland > 172 > 171 > 176 > 179 > 180 > 163 > 162 > 164 > 166 > 152 > 153 > 158 > 173 > 157 > 154 > 155 > 175 > 172

Hints

The castle ruins of Burg-Reuland are just a stone's throw from Node 172. The castle, which originated in the 10th century, was the seat of the lords of Reuland. In the 18th century it fell victim to a fire. It was restored in the 1990s.

Difficulty

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Distance 40.3 km
  • Duration 3:18 h.
  • Highest point 481 m
  • Lowest point 481 m
LoopScenic

Geographical location

  • Country Belgium
  • Region Région Wallonne
  • Province Verviers
  • Municipality Winterspelt

Details

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Stamina
  • Experiential value
  • Landscape
  • Highest point 532 m
  • Lowest point 349 m
Recommended season
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Safety advice

Beware of oncoming cyclists, walkers or other users on public roads and on the cycle path.

Recommended equipment

Normal cycling clothing including bike helmet. Depending on the weather, do not forget rainwear or windbreaker. Provide enough drinks and food for the journey.

Further information and links

Burg-Reuland : Restaurant Burg Hof, Neugarten 16, Tel : 0032 (0)80 32 98 01, www.hotelburghof.be  (closed on Tuesdays)

Oudler : Restaurant Le Jardin, Luxemburger Strasse 19, Tel : +32 (0)80 32 90 03, www.wikler.be  (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Start of the tour

In the centre of Burg-Reuland at the Tourist-Info, Von-Orley-Straße, Burg-Reuland 24, drive towards junction 172 and then towards Kn 171.

Coordinates

  • DD 50.19438 , 6.13624

End of the tour

In the centre of Burg-Reuland.

Route

Follow the cycle route nodes: Burg-Reuland > 172 > 171 > 176 > 179 > 180 > 163 > 162 > 164 > 166 > 152 > 153 > 158 > 173 > 157 > 154 > 155 > 175 > 172

By public transport

By train: www.belgianrail.be 

By bus: www.infotec.be 

Please use the route planner.

Parking

Enough parking spaces in the center of Burg Reuland.

Arriving by train, car or bicycle

Follow the instructions!

Recommendations by the author

Cycling guides available in the East Belgium webshop (only in german, dutch & french) https://www.ostbelgien.eu/de/shop/buchmaterial?category_id=21 

Map recommended by the author

Free brochure "Ovelo - Cycling in the East Belgium hub system" in the webshop on www.ostbelgien.eu https://www.ostbelgien.eu/de/kostenlose-broschueren