Waterfall tour out of Tongeren via Coo and Reinhardstein
Orignal route by Cindy Appelen
Reinhardstein castle & waterfall (rp 32)
The Ardennes are also easily accessible from Tongeren. The very varied roads through vast forests and forests and the mighty views that you can enjoy from the tops of the hills make this Ardennes wonderful. Add to that a portion of unique elements such as fun rivers, specific waterfalls and a race track, and it may be clear to you that the 'Waterfall tour out of Tongeren' offers you more than just a typical tour to drive. It is also a motor playground, moreover, the chosen route is not the simplest… But that makes the route very valuable for both the novice and the more experienced rider.

The departure of this tour is near Tongeren, the oldest city in Belgium. The main market there is decorated with a statue of Ambiorix & the Gallo-Roman museum, which enjoys international fame. More information about Tongeren can be found in the route links, but you can count on it that the city of Tongeren itself is more than worth a visit if you are staying in the area.

Shortly after departure at the Pauze, the place of departure and arrival, you will come across a petrol station at route point 2, after which we leave the main road. Almost immediately we dive into the Walloon landscape. Moreover, the speed limit in Wallonia is 90 km / h outside the city and village centers, so motorcycle fun is guaranteed.
The tour actually takes you in a wide circle around Liège. One of the points of contact with this very large city is the former military airport that is now also commercially exploited. (rp 7).
At route point 10 you cross the Maas, a very important river for both Belgium and the Netherlands and also the gate to the motor playground that this route actually is.
From route point 15 it is also best to take a look along the road. You will meet wonderful rivers such as the Ourthe and the Amblève and both will accompany you on this interesting trip. At route point 16 you can take a break along the banks of the Ourthe in 'Le Dilemme' or 'Le Bellevue' ... it is difficult to choose which of the two offers you the best view! (Do you have it?)

After route point 21 we leave the Amblève for a while to concentrate our route by route on the wonderful roads, but you will meet the peak of the Amblève just after rp 28 where you can visit the waterfalls of Coo. Please note, very touristic point as the waterfalls of Coo are the most famous in Belgium. Most people also think it is the highest waterfall in Belgium, but they are definitely mistaken there. The highest waterfall is that of Reinhardstein, which you will pass later on the route.

The Waterfalls of Coo were actually created artificially by the monks of Stavelot Abbey. To provide their water mill with sufficient water, a meander of the Amblève was re-laid and the excess water flowed away over the rocks. This created the waterfalls of Coo. You will find many establishments to take a short break if you wish. If time and energy permit, you can also take the chairlift for a trip to the watchtower, which offers a wonderful view of the surrounding region.

Another, much less known, but nevertheless the highest waterfall in Belgium, the Reinhardstein waterfall, is located 30 kilometers further on the route at route point 32. This 60 meter high waterfall is close to the castle of the same name, which is also open to visitors. and where the Middle Ages revive in words and images. Perhaps you will have to make a choice on this trip to visit one or the other. After all, both are worth it, although the tourist lover will feel more at home in the very touristic Coo region. And if you want a break in between, Malmédy (rp31) is the perfect place for this. Plenty of parking and a great place to stay on the marketplace, which is full of lovely terraces.

Fortunately, the cornering is far from over and the world's most famous cornering is still to come: the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. You almost touch it at route point 36. If you wish, you can take a short stop and visit the world-famous circuit.

But even after this the feast continues. Wonderfully winding asphalt keeps sliding under your wheels, even after you pass the Maas and the Albert Canal, two lifelines of Belgium, just after route point 47.

At route point 50 you will then re-enter Flanders and very quickly reach the end of the route.

The route is absolutely classy material. Not only the road quality, but also the variety, the many attractions and the technicality of the route make the five-star rating of this route absolutely just. However, beware of novice riders. Caution is advised and a fit of overconfidence is better left at home. Both the technicality and the length of the route will demand a lot from every rider. Even more experienced riders will have to admit some fatigue, so a beginner will certainly hit their limits here. No problem if this is acknowledged in time and taken into account. And if that is the case, then that smile in dreamland the night after is really deserved.
Coo Waterfall (rp 28)
Reinhardstein Waterfall (rp32)
Useful links:
Tongeren
De Pauze
Coo Waterfall
Reinhardstein Waterfall
Circuit Spa-Francorchamps

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Waypoint, used to construct the route
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Viewpoint, a short stop for taking a picture
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The Walloon Region (French: Région wallonne [ʁeʒjɔ̃ walɔn]; German: Wallonische Region; Dutch: Waals gewest), usually simply referred to as Wallonia (; French: Wallonie [walɔni]; Walloon: Waloneye; German: Wallonien [vaˈloːni̯ən] (listen) or Wallonie [valoˈniː]; Dutch: Wallonië [ʋɑˈloːnijə] (listen)), is one of the three Regions of Belgium—alongside the Flemish Region and the Brussels-Capital Region.Covering the southern portion of the country, Wallonia is primarily French-speaking, and accounts for 55% of Belgium's territory, but only a third of its population. The Walloon Region was not merged with the French Community of Belgium, which is the political entity responsible for matters related mainly to culture and education, because the French Community of Belgium encompasses both Wallonia and the bilingual Brussels-Capital Region. There is a German-speaking minority in eastern Wallonia, resulting from the annexation of three cantons previously part of the German Empire at the conclusion of World War I. This community represents less than 1% of the Belgian population. It forms the German-speaking Community of Belgium, which has its own government and parliament for culture-related issues. During the industrial revolution, Wallonia was second only to the United Kingdom in industrialization, capitalizing on its extensive deposits of coal and iron. This brought the region wealth, and from the beginning of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century, Wallonia was the more prosperous half of Belgium. Since World War II, the importance of heavy industry has greatly diminished, and the Flemish Region has exceeded Wallonia in wealth as Wallonia has declined economically. Wallonia now suffers from high unemployment and has a significantly lower GDP per capita than Flanders. The economic inequalities and linguistic divide between the two are major sources of political conflicts in Belgium and a major factor in Flemish separatism. The capital of Wallonia is Namur, and the most populous city is Charleroi. Most of Wallonia's major cities and two-thirds of its population lie along the east–west aligned Sambre and Meuse valley, the former industrial backbone of Belgium. To the north of this valley, Wallonia lies on the Central Belgian Plateau, which, like Flanders, is a relatively flat and agriculturally fertile area. The south and southeast of Wallonia is made up of the Ardennes, an expanse of forested highland that is less densely populated. Wallonia borders Flanders and the Netherlands (the province of Limburg) in the north, France (Grand Est and Hauts-de-France) to the south and west, and Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate) and Luxembourg (Capellen, Clervaux, Esch-sur-Alzette, Redange and Wiltz) to the east. Wallonia has been a member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie since 1980.
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View route collection Tongeren Triple
About this route collection
The "Tongeren Triple" routecollection is a collection of three routes that brings you to three (very) interesting area's close by Tongeren, the oldest town of Belgium. One goes deep into the Ardennes and shows you - amongst other interesting places - the most famous and highest waterfalls in Belgium. The other tour delivers a taste of the German Eifel and that will leave you with the feeling to get more... The third one out of this trilogy shows you the beautiful province of Dutch Limburg & drives you through the valley of the Meuse river.

The routes in this trilogy are all very exciting and are running over excellent roads. But, the routes require nevertheless some technical skills and are even tyring for experienced drivers, so please do take care of the newbies if they join you on these tours. Mind the level of 'fatigue', also with yourself.

This collection was build after driving these routes and experiencing ourselves the beauty of all areas, together with the road quality. The three routes represent our favorite areas to play around with our motorcycles. Water, hills, woods, history,... all is presented to you in a way you will never forget. Honestly, we doubt it that you will drive these routes only once. The chance of you repeating those routes is (as with us) pretty realistic.

Enjoy the tours!