Bertem – Tervuren

I took the N3 from Leuven, straight to Bertem and Tervuren, where stands the Royal Museum of Central Africa (unfortunately closed for renovation until 2018). I then took the N227 up to Nossegem, then switched to the N3, going back to Leuven.

Leuven Tervuren; 15km, 20min

Wavre – Gembloux – Jodoigne

After stormy weather conditions these last days, the weather finally did improve, so I could leave Heverlee on the N253 to Overijse, turned on the left to join the N4 to Wavre. Near Gembloux, I selected the N29, took the left again at Jodoigne to join the N240 and the N91 to reach Hamme-Mille so as to close the loop.

Closing the loop from Heverlee to Gembloux; 40km, 45min

Hoegaarden

For my second road trip in Belgium, I went to Hoegaarden.

From Leuven to Hoegaarden via secondary roads, 25km, 35min

I started my trip today on the ring road on the South part of Leuven, took the right just before Phillipsite, crossed the railway, the N25 and the E40, before reaching Bierbeck, Opvelp, Meldert and finally Hoegaarden where the famous beer is produced. It is a very small town, and the brewery was not so hard to find !

Behind the restaurant Kouterhof, the brewery can be visited

I followed the road to Zétrud-Lumay, crossed a small river (la Grande Gette), crossed Sainte-Marie Geest, Jodoigne, Hamme-Mille, Blanden and reached my home town, Heverlee.

From Heverlee to Waterloo

For my very first road trip in Belgium, I left Heverlee and followed the N253, which is a scenic road that crosses several villages and small towns in the countryside: Egenhoven, Neerijse, Loonbeck.

From Heverlee to Waterloo on the N253, 35km, 40min

From Huldenberg to Overijse, there is a nice little lake along the right edge of the road. I kept driving to Maleizen, then La Hulpe, Hannonsart, Ohain, Ransbeche, and finally Waterloo, where I visited the battlefield.

The museum was an excellent opportunity to take a break. I learned about the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon, and watched a very good 3D movie about the battle of Waterloo. Outside, I climbed the stairs on the hill (40m) which led to the statue of a lion, erected here as a memorial and the symbol of the return of peace in the world with the end of the Napoleon era. From there, I could enjoy the panorama since the weather was pretty sunny, with only very few clouds.

La Butte au Lion, erected at the beginning of the 20th Century