Five official villages will be part of the 2021 UCI Road World Championships: Damme, Huldenberg, Keerbergen, Overijse en Tervuren. Together with the four starting and finishing cities they will play a prominent role next year. In the run-up to the championships, they will be involved in various promotional moments and will enthuse their inhabitants for the passage of the international peloton on their territory. During the championships (from 18 to 26 September 2021) there will be a fan zone in each official village and the municipality itself will provide a lot of entertainment for the inhabitants.
Discover lively Overijse
Overijse has many assets but is mainly known for its table grape, about which you will find out everything in the visitor centre Dru!f. Besides the grape culture, Overijse also has a rich beer tradition. Be sure to try a Prins Van Horne. You can enjoy walking or cycling in the Forêt de Soignes, along hollow roads and vast nature or discover architectural gems such as the many gardener's houses, the Vuurmolen or Tombeekheyde. Do it on your own or choose from a nice selection of group activities. Would you like to extend your visit? Brussels and the Africa Museum in Tervuren are nearby. Are you a big cycling fanatic? There are some challenging mountain bike and cycle routes that start in our municipality or cross it: think for instance of De Brabantse Pijl route and so much more.
Visitor centre Dru!f, Waversesteenweg 2 (open from April to October)
Tervuren, greenery fit for a king
Tervuren is clearly not just another municipality. Many personalities from national history have left their mark there and this is still noticeable today. The AfricaMuseum is undoubtedly the most remarkable legacy. Recently renovated, a visit is a must!
And then Tervuren is also a hotspot for nature lovers. The park of Tervuren adjoins the Sonian forest, part of which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. This superb forest holds a gem: the Geographical Arboretum, which is home to more than 700 different species of trees, grouped according to their natural environment. In short, unique in Belgium, and even in Europe.
Tervuren loves cycling. After the passage of the Tour de France in 2019 - a tribute to Eddy Merckx living in Tervuren when he won his first Tour - the town is looking forward to host the World Cycling Championship in 2021! Tervuren (Duisburg) will be transformed into a true cycling village and will organize many peripheral activities. Should not be missed!
Visitor center Tervuren / Visit Tervuren
Keerbergen, green village, in a prime location!
Keerbergen has an ideal location: in the middle between Leuven and Mechelen and not far from Brussels either. Yet, living here is quiet and rural. In the neighbourhood Keerbergen is known for its enormous houses and trees. But it is much more than that; a real green lung with heather, marshes and several nature reserves.
Hikers and cyclists can enjoy a visit to the Mill (Heimolen), the old bridge over the Dyle (Oude Hansbrug) or pay a visit to the Royal Museum ‘De Botermolen’(open every Sunday from Easter till the end of September). There are several mapped out walks and bicycle tours alongside the Dyle and the nature reserves.
Keerbergen is also known for its asparagus. Come and taste them in one of the numerous local restaurants. They are available from mid-april till the end of June. The exquisite restaurants and brasseries is also one of the assets of Keerbergen. Asian, Italian, Greek or Belgian style; everyone can find a restaurant to their taste. Come and enjoy!
+32 15 50 90 61
Discover Huldenberg, the hiking and cycling paradise
Centred in the Brussels-Wavre-Leuven triangle and a stone's throw away from Waterloo lies the cradle of the Druivenstreek: Huldenberg, an oasis of peace in the middle of a rural color palette. In the 19th century, the cultivation of grapes under glass started here, which gave the region its name and fame. The IJse, the Lane and the Dijle meander through the vast landscape. Valleys alternate with high plateaus. Vast fields and primeval forests are a dream setting for nature lovers, recreationists and avid athletes. That makes Huldenberg the hiking and cycling paradise. The Doode Bemde is the pinnacle of all that natural beauty: miles of hiking trails in one of Flanders' largest nature reserves. The ascent of the Smeysberg (17%) is the challenge for every cycling fanatic and will be one of the executioners of the 2021 UCI Road World Championships. Campsites and B&B’s offer you overnight stays and the numerous bars and restaurants will make your mouth water after exploring our challenging network of hiking and cycling trails. The 10,000 residents of Huldenberg welcome you!
+32 2 302 43 58
Damme invites you to explore. Not only in the historic centre with its medieval monuments, but also in the beautiful nature around Damme. From wide polder landscapes over historic dykes and canals as straight as an arrow to nature reserves. Time to stretch your legs. And although Damme may be small, its culinary reputation is renowned. To say you'll be pampered with culinary delights is an understatement!