Bruxelles Promenade verte 6 Paysage
Along EuroVelo 5 on

Beautiful Brussels by bike

  • 4h
  • Medium
  • All year
  • 31,5 km
  • 164 m
  • -164 m

Would you like to discover Brussels up close and cycle a section of an international route? Complete this 31-km loop that combines the EuroVelo 5 "Via Romea Francigena", the Promenade Verte and the virtual Brussels bike node network. You will go through the historic centre of Brussels, through the art nouveau quarters in the north of the city, through many parks and go past the canal, the Atomium and also the European quarter! So what are you waiting for?

Last Update: Mar 21, 2022

Practical information

For the detailed map of the route

  1. Download an app that manages the GPX files.
  2. Download the GPX file.
  3. Print your detailed itinerary to have it with you on your bike.

Detailed itinerary

The ride starts at Bruxelles-Schuman station (there is more information on how to take your bike on the train here). If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one at Pro Velo.

On your arrival at Schuman station, take the “rue de la Loi” exit to directly access the EuroVelo 5 route "Via Romea Francigena". You start your micro-adventure at the heart of Europe surrounded by European institutions! You quickly get to the Parc du Cinquantenaire where you go under the incredible arches of the monument. Next, follow the EuroVelo 5 sign to explore the quiet alleys of Brussels before arriving at the avenue de Tervueren. Before starting the descent, look at the Stoclet Palace, a little art deco treasure. On your route, enjoy the view of the swans and ponds in Parc de Woluwe and you can even stop there to take a short break. Are you wondering why there are so many trams? Welcome to the Tram Museum! If you would like to head towards Brindisi in Italy, the final destination of EuroVelo, keep following the EuroVelo 5 signposts. To keep exploring Brussels, leave EuroVelo 5 and take a small path to the left of the Tram Museum that climbs to reach the marked route of the line 161 Brussels-Tervueren on the Promenade Verte, a 63-km loop that winds around Brussels.

This section of the Promenade Verte is mainly urban and takes you between the Senne and Woluwe valleys for around 7 kilometres. Discover the Hof ter Musschen and Hof ten Berg farmhouses and cycle through the parc de Roodebeek, which is home to a mini zoo, and cycle along the wall of Brussels Cemetery. Did you know that it is home to many well-known figures from Brussels? You then pass by close to remarkable places in Evere such as the old windmill, the small parks of Doolegt and the clos de l’Argilière.

Stay on the Promenade Verte and cycle along the section with the Heysel Plateau and the royal parks for another 6 kilometres. And royal means grand! Everything starts with Schaerbeek station, which houses the amazing train museum. A little further on, go through the Pavillon Chinois garden and Tour Japonaise and the Museums of the Far East. The tour also goes through more intimate spaces such as the Jardin Colonial and Sobieski Park. And there is a favourite spot of ours where you can see one of the city’s most beautiful panoramas too: the Jardins du Fleuriste. Lock up your bikes, go up the steps and enjoy this beautiful little park. Get back in the saddle and continue the adventure towards Parc d’Osseghem and stop at the Atomium, the symbol of the 1958 World Expo. Take our advice and try a tasty waffle after all those miles!

We will gradually leave the Promenade Verte to follow another tourist cycle route in Brussels: the bike node network. It is still virtual for now but you can follow the GPX route with your GPS. After square du prince Léopold, turn left and leave the Promenade Verte route to join bike nodes 15 and 13. Follow the bike nodes on your GPS and you will arrive at the Parc Pannenhuis and reach the legendary Tour et Taxis site. This former railway station, the gare maritime, has been transformed into an event space and is home to a food market that is even open on Sundays: ideal for having a drink, a bite to eat or even just admiring the incredible architecture of the location. The brasserie de la Senne and brasserie de la Source are also close by.

When leaving the site, cycle along the canal and look at the Corto Maltese street art and the Kanal Foundation. You can enjoy the view of the canal too. Cross the intersection to continue along the canal until the chaussée de Gand/Quai du Hainaut intersection. Have you seen it? That’s right, a EuroVelo 5 sign! You are back on the international route again. If you continue to cycle along the canal, you get to London, the final destination of EuroVelo 5. But to get back to our starting point, we will turn left towards rue Dansaert, which brings us right to the heart of the historic centre of Brussels. A quick detour takes you to the famous Grand Place before finishing the tour with a short ascent up to rue de la Loi, where, from afar, you can see the arches that you went under just a few hours beforehand! And there you have it! You are now at Bruxelles-Schuman station again.

Would you like to keep enjoying our beautiful capital? No problem! Designated “bike friendly” hotels will welcome you and your two wheels!

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Points of interest

  • Cinquantenaire Park
  • Woluwe Park
  • Brussels Cimetery
  • Japonese tower
  • Chinese Pavilion
  • Castle of Laeken
  • Royal Greenhouses of laeken
  • Atomium
  • Tour & Taxis
  • Grand-Place of Brussels

Practical points

  • Train station SNCB Brussels-Schuman
  • Train station SNCB Brussels-Central (! bikes not allowed !)
  • Bike rental : Pro Velo