Limburg's "Cycling through water" experience in TIME's top-100 of "World's Greatest Places"

The unique cycling experience "Cycling through water" in Limburg province is being recommended by the American weekly TIME as one of the "World's Greatest Places" to visit. It's also the only Belgian spot which conquered a place in the top 100. The hotspot is being praised under the title "Riding with nature". The good news for cycling enthusiasts is that there is more to come. 

The infrastructure was finished in the Bokrijk park (Genk) in April 2016. The Limburg Tourism Board Toerisme Limburg called it "Cycling through water". This is almost to be taken literally: a cycleway, 212 meters long, crosses a lake, but dipping in the water instead of going above it, always dipping in deeper until the cyclist is at eye level with the water surface. 

"Walking on water may elude most of us, but this bike trail in northern Belgium offers an experience that’s almost as divine," TIME writes. 

Limburg province wants to retain its reputation as a cycling hotspot in Belgium - it has some 2,000 kilometres in cycleways at present. In this respect, this new concept was worked out two years ago. "We've had almost half a million cyclists since it was opened, so we can call it a success", says Igor Philtjens of Toerisme Limburg.  

Walking on water may elude most of us, but this bike trail in northern Belgium offers an experience that’s almost as divine

TIME

"Cycling through water" is just a first project: there is more to come, Toerisme Limburg underlines.

Limburg is working on a giant ring-shaped cycleway which takes you to the tops of the trees in Hechtel-Eksel, on an underground cycling experience in the Riemst caves and a special cycle bridge in the Kempen area. "If we want to retain our leading position, we must innovate and invest."  

48 different countries

TIME Magazine built a reputation with its annual list of "Person of the Year" and with its choice of the world's most influential people, but this is new. "The World's Greatest Places" aims to highlight innovative ideas and original spots to visit across the world. Belgium has just one place among the top-100.  The list boasts destinations in 48 different countries.