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The Wall

If you are a cycling enthusiast or if you like to explore cities by bike, then visit the Wall of Geraardsbergen!

In the world, there are three ‘Walls’ that are renowned: the Berlin Wall, Chinese Wall and that of Geraardsbergen. Rightly so, because all three have shaped our history.

With its length of 1075m, its steep slope and horizontal cobblestones, the Wall is a true classic in Flemish cycling history! The cobblestone road owes its popularity to the Tour of Flanders. After all, the Wall was the penultimate, and often also decisive, slope in that cycling race for years. With its highest rate of increase of 20%, the Wall is a real monument.

Anyone who climbs the wall is also rewarded, as it leads to the 110-metre-high summit of Oudenberg, where you are treated to a spectacular, panoramic view of the region.

Poetry route on the Wall

From now on, when climbing up the Wall, you will be able to take a breather in seven places while enjoying art and literature. Exclusive works of art have been placed along the cycling memorial that contain Willie Verhegghe's cycling poems.

In the spring of 2004, the renovated Wall was solemnly reopened in the run-up to the Tour of Flanders. For the occasion, Willie Verhegghe's appropriate poem 'De Muur' (The Wall) was placed on the facade of ‘t Hemelrijck. That is where the idea grew to display several poems of this famous cycling poet on the Wall. 

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