Belgium UNESCO sites
- 3 nights/4 days
- 161 km
- Mid april - Mid october
Enjoy a 4-day trip around the region’s UNESCO and heritage sites.
Follow the EuroVelo 3 and the banks of the rivers Meuse and Sambre. With this route you will visit industrial sites, ancient forts, bell towers and citadels. And why not relax at night in a restaurant near the river?
Distance: 161 km
Elevation: ↑486m ↓518m
Duration: 4 days
Estimated price: From 213€
How to use this offer?
This itinerary has been prepared by Pro Velo to take you along the Pilgrims Route from Liège to Charleroi, passing through two industrial sites. You are responsible for booking and buying entrance tickets, and for organising your rental bike directly with the local Point Velo using the contacts given below.
For a detailed map of the route
- Download a GPX viewer app.
- Download the GPX tracks for this route.
- Print the detailed itinerary to have it with you while you bike.
- Contact the places you want to visit and make the necessary reservations.
- Either take your own bike or rent one – and enjoy!
If you want to rent a bike, visit the Pro Velo shop at Liège train station but note that it is only open from Tuesday to Friday and that you will have to give the bike back at the same place. If you have your own bike, just take to the road!
Day 1 : Guillemins Station to Blegny Mine and return to Liège
Travel time: 2 and a half hours without a visit
The first leg of this 4-day itinerary starts at the Guillemins station and finishes at the Blegny-Mine industrial site.
Hop on your bike and travel the 17km to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Located between Liège and Maastricht, Blegny-Mine is one of the four authentic coal mines in Europe with underground galleries accessible to visitors through the original shaft.
When you first arrive, pick up your ticket and head down 60 metres underground with the tour guide to discover the process of coal extraction. You can also explore the mining museum and the permanent exhibitions or try out the restaurant during your lunch break.
Once the tour is over, head back to Liège where we recommend a stay at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. You’ll love the spotless rooms and the pleasant atmosphere along the Meuse river. If you’re on a budget, you can cut costs by sharing a room in one of Liège’s Youth hostels.
Feeling hungry? Both of these accommodation options have restaurants. Make sure to reserve yourself a table when you’re checking in.
If you want to go out and discover the city, Liège has a range of restaurants and bars to choose from. Explore the city centre and the different culinary delights Liège has to offer.
Day 2 : Liège to Huy
Distance : 36km
Travel time: 2 hours without a visit
After a hearty breakfast, you can spend a leisurely morning exploring Liège. The Tourist Office provides maps of the Citadel and its hills that will make it easier to navigate the 80 hectare site full of natural and cultural heritage. Considered the green lung of Liège, the Citadel also offers stunning views of the different neighbourhoods around the city. The best way to get to the summit is to walk from the Place du Marché and take the stairs at the impasse des Ursulines.
In the afternoon, cycle towards Huy to check out the city fortress. The monument is steeped in history, built between 1818 and 1823 before being converted into a detention camp by German military forces. After exploring the fort and museum, you can take in the breath-taking view of the city overlooking the Meuse.
At the end of the day, you can drop your luggage at the Ferme du Château d'Ahin. Sit back and relax in this charming hotel and recharge your batteries for the rest of your trip. If you’re on a budget, the Hotel du Fort is another option that are happy to accommodate cyclists.
If you’re feeling peckish, you can book yourself a table at Le Bord'eau restaurant. Check out their bar and enjoy some French food by the river. Pure bliss!
Day 3 : Huy to NamurDistance : 35,6km
Travel time: 2.5 hours without a visit
A hearty breakfast will set you up for the next 35.6 kilometre trip to Namur. This pleasant ride continues along the banks of the Meuse.
Once you get to town, you can explore the Citadel of Namur and its spectacular views of the Sambre and Meuse rivers.
Built on an impressive rocky spur, this exceptional heritage site has conserved traces of each period of its 2000-year-old history. Once a residence for the Counts of Namur in the Middle Ages, then transformed into a holiday home by King Leopold II, it is now a sought-out location for events, guided visits and walks in a verdant surrounding with spectacular views over the city.
Be prepared before you go as the road leading up to the Citadel entrance is quite steep. The gardens and underground passages, which you can explore on your own or with a guide, make it well worth a visit. You can also eat at the Citadel restaurant if you feel like something to eat.
To finish the day, try to plan out a route that will take you by the Belfry of Namur. The UNESCO heritage monument, built in 1388, is the symbol the city. You can take in the majesty of this architectural masterpiece until you get to rue du Beffroi, as the building is not open to the public.
Afterwards, head over to the Royal Snail hotel and enjoy the swimming pool and gastronomic restaurant. This 4-star designer hotel features an outdoor pool and a gourmet restaurant. If you’re on a budget, consider the Namur Youth Hostel where you can share a room with other travellers.
If unusual culinary experiences tickle your fancy, make sure to check out the barge-restaurant Le Belrive and its menu inspired by flavours from all over the world.
Day 4 : Namur to CharleroiDistance : 55km
Travel time: 3 hours without a visit
After enjoying a relaxing night in your accommodation of choice, take some time on your last day of cycling to explore some of the region’s cultural heritage.
This UNESCO site is located 4 kilometres south of Charleroi and you can reach it by following our GPX track. Be careful as there are no cycle lane markers on the route there.
You can visit the mine on your own or with a guide to discover the region's industrial heritage. The site also has permanent exhibitions open to the public. Grab a drink and some snacks in the cafeteria if you need a little pick-me-up.
To round off your day, retrace your steps and head to Charleroi station where you can catch the train.
If you have a rental bike from our partner, take the train to Charleroi station and head to Pro Velo Liège. Make sure to check the store’s opening hours and ask about tickets and extra bikes so you can plan your trip.
Contact details to book your services and activities
Pro Velo is not responsible for the changes of timetable, contact details or prices.
Day 1 :
Guillemin train station:
Place des Guillemins, 2
Pro Velo bike rental:
Place des Guillemins, 2
Open: Tuesday to Friday, 8am to 7pm; Monday, 1pm to 7pm.
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Phone: +32 (0)4 222 99 54
Rue Lambert Marlet, 23
Open : Everyday except Mondays. Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 to 17:00. Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00.
Radama Plaza Hote:
Quai Saint Léonard 36
Open: Everyday (exceptions may apply)
Liège Youth Hostels:
Rue Georges Simenon 2
Liège Tourism Office:
Quai de la Goffe 13
Open: Monday to Saturday, 9:00 to 17:00.
Open: 1st April to 31st October, 9:30 to 17:00.
La Ferme du Château d’Ahin:
Chaussée de Dinant, 14
Hotel du fort :
Chaussée de Napoléon, 5
Le Bord’eau Restaurant:
Avenue du Bosquet, 35D
B- 4500 Huy
Phone: +32(0) 085 23 02 05
Web: Le bord'eau
Day 3 :
Citadel of Namur:
Route Merveilleuse, 64
Open: 2nd January to 23rd December, 10:00 to 17:00 (low season), 10:00 to 18:30 (high season).
Phone: + 32 (0)81 24 73 70
Belfry of Namur:
Rue du Beffroi
Phone: +32 (0) 81 24 64 44
Namur Youth Hostels:
Avenue Félicien Rops 8
Open: All year. Closed for the second and third week of January.
The Royal Snail Hotel:
Avenue de la Plante, 23
Open: All year.
Le Belrive Restaurant:
Quai des Chasseurs Ardennais
Open: Wednesday to Sunday, 18:00 to 22:30.
Day 4 :
Bois du Cazier Mine:
Rue du Cazier 80
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00. Closed the first 2 weeks of January.
La Manufacture Urbaine Restaurant:
Rue de Brabant, 2
Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 to midnight.
Phone: +32 (0)71 30 60 13
Square des Martyrs du 18 août
Day 1 - Liège to Blegny Mine
Day 2 - Liège to Huy
Day 3 - Huy to Namur
Day 4 - Namur to Charleroi
Day 4 - Charleroi to Bois Du Cazier
Included in this tour
Price per person for a double room calculated on the basis of a reservation for two people in the accommodation they have marked as their first preference*.
- The itinerary and the GPX tracks
- The roadbook ‘Belgium Unesco sites’
Day 1 :
- Unaccompanied visit to Blegny Mine : 12.50€
- One night at the Ramada Plaza Hotel Liège: 55€*
Or one night at the Liège Youth hostel: 25€
Day 2 :
- One night at the Ferme du chateau d’Alhin 58.75€*
Or one night at the Hotel du Fort : 51.70€
- Entry to Huy fortress: 4.07€
Day 3 :
- One night at the Royal Snail hotel: 74€*
Or one night at the Namur Youth hostel: 25€
- Visit to the Citadel of Namur: 3€/adult (unguided visit)
- Visit of the Bois-du-cazier mine : 6€
Estimated price for the package: from 213,32€
Not Included in this tour
- 4-days bike rental: 48€
- Organisation and booking of the services
- Extra costs at the restaurants Le Bord’eau, Le BelRive, La Manufacture Urbaine
- Luggage transportation
- Travel insurance