You will start at the Lanaye lock complex, not far from the border. Thanks to the new wide lock, 9,000-tonne boats can now pass between the inland waterway networks of Belgium and the Netherlands. Not far from there, the Frayères de Lanaye natural site is the perfect place to relax. The tranchée de Caster, a wide cut through the limestone at the foot of the Montagne Saint-Pierre nature reserve. It is worth mentioning that in May 1940, the German troops entered Belgium through this region. The marks of this invasion are still clear to see in the forts of Eban-Emael and Aubin-Neufchâteau.

Continue on Visé, the city of the goose, where you can admire the Ferme du Temple, a farm built by the Templars in the 13th century.

When arriving in the city of Liège, on bank of the Meuse, you leave behind you the slopes of the Citadel which provide a spacious green area for walkers right in the centre of the city, remembering its historic centre, the Carré district and the countless museums.

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The route

Surface:
Mostly smooth. Alternately asphalt and concrete.

Height difference:
Flat

Signs:
Specific ‘The Meuse by bike’ directional signs are in place along the entire stage.

Connections:

At the Belgian-Dutch border in Petit-Lanaye, ‘The Meuse by bike’ route continues into the Netherlands towards Maastricht following the LF-Maasfietsroute.

Useful info

Start:

Foot of the Saucy footbridge in Liege, Quai Van Beneden, on the right bank of the Meuse.

Coordinates Lambert 72 : X : 235583 m - Y : 148525 m

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 50°38'27.87" N - Longitude: 5°34'43.44" E

Access by Train: Liège-Guillemins SNCB railway station.

Pay car parking near the starting point.

Rest area:

L’île Robinson in Visé (at the Visé harbour master's office, go along the Meuse for a while towards Visé bridge. L’île Robinson leisure site is just after you go under the Visé bridge).


Guides/maps:

RAVeL map of the Province of Liège published by the SPW. This map, called ‘More RAVeL, more pleasure’, can be ordered free of charge by clicking here.

Around the route by bike:

  • In Visé and beyond as far as Maastricht, connection to the nodal-points cycling networks of the Lower Meuse, Belgian Limburg and Dutch Limburg.
  • Two cycling loops of about 30 kilometres start from Visé: the Pear Tree ride and the Cherry Tree ride.

Practical info

Bike rental and maintenance along the route

Pro Velo Liège
Bike rental     Maintenance
Place des Guillemins 2 4000 Liège
04 222 99 54
https://www.provelo.org/fr/implantation/liege
liege@provelo.org

Train station

Train Station Maastricht
Stationsplein 29, 6221 BT Maastricht, Nederland
Gare de Liège
Place des guillemins, 2 4000 - Liège Belgique

Tourism office

Toerisme Maaseik
Bike rental     Maintenance
Markt 45, 3680 Maaseik
+32 89 81 92 90
www.visitmaaseik.eu
toerisme.maaseik@maaseik.be
Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Liège
 
Quai de la Goffe 13 4000 Liège
+32 (0)4 221 92 21
https://www.visitezliege.be/en/
info@visitezliege.be

Attractions

Culture
Blegny Mine
Blegny Mine

Located between Liège and Maastricht, Blegny-Mine is one of the four authentic coal mines in Europe with underground galleries accessible for the visitors through the original shaft.

Rue Lambert Marlet 23 4670 Blégny
+32 (0)4 387 43 33
http://www.domaine@blegnymine.be
www.blegnymine.be
Culture
Aquarium-Museum of Liège
Aquarium-Museum of Liège

Approximately 200 species of ocean, sea, lake and river fishes from around the world populate the 50 pools of the Aquarium and stuffed animals from every continent are exhibited at the muséum.

Quai Edouard Van Beneden 22 4020 Liège
+3243665021
http://www.aquarium-museum.uliege.be
aquarium@ulg.ac.be
Culture
Place Saint Lambert
Place Saint Lambert

The very heart of the city with the big palace of the prince-bishops.

Place St Lambert 4000 Liège
Culture
La Boverie - Fine Arts & Exhibitions
La Boverie - Fine Arts & Exhibitions

A fine arts museum and a centre for international exhibitions situated in a beautiful park with a rose garden, the Nicolas Schöffer Tower and a modern footbridge. A lovely place for walks.

Parc de la Boverie 4020 Liège
+32 4 238 55 01
https://www.laboverie.com/
info@laboverie.com
Culture
Liège Citadel and his hillside
Liège Citadel and his hillside

The hillside of the citadel is a popular spot classed 3 stars in the famous Michelin Green Guide. Having wandered through streets bathed in history, you will find yourself behind the city scenes, traversing a labyrinth of courtyards, steps, alleys, gardens and meadows.

Boulevard du 12ème de Ligne, 4000 Liège