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A day trip to Overijse

All you need to know for a half- or full-day walking around Overijse


While anyone can do this walk, I think it could be particularly interesting for people who live in Brussels, who don’t own a car, and would like a day out in the countryside.

So this post is geared towards you.

How do I get to Overijse from Brussels?

It’s easy. Catch the De Lijn bus no. 341 from Etterbeek Station. If you live in Brussels you will probably know where Etterbeek is and how to get to the station.

How do I buy a bus ticket?

Also easy. When you’re at Etterbeek station, just send a text message with the two letters β€˜DL’ in it to 4884. You’ll immediately get a return text from the De Lijn bus company. This is your ticket for the next hour. You need to repeat the trick on your return journey. Each ticket will cost 2 EUR. There are generally one or two buses to Overijse every hour. Exact times you can find from the De Lijn website.

Where do I get off the bus in Overijse?

At the stop Overijse Kerk, which is directly opposite the church in the middle of Overijse. I don’t think you’ll miss it:

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Your bus trip from Etterbeek to Overijse will take 30 minutes

Can I get a coffee or lunch in Overijse before I start walking?

Right next to the bus stop is Den Bonten Os, a cozy restaurant where you can get a coffee, sandwiches, soup, salad or something more filling: here’s the Menu.

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Opening hours of Den Bonten Os are Tuesday-Friday from 12 noon, and Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 (so closed Mondays)

What else can I do in Overijse?

Before or after your walk you could visit the grape museum Dru!f, where you can discover the history of grape-growing in and around Overijse. It’s right next to the bus stop and the restaurant.

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The Grape Museum in Overijse is open Tuesday to Friday from 13:00 to 17:00; Saturday & Sunday & public holidays from 10:00 to 18:00 (so closed on Mondays)

Where does the walk start from

I want to introduce you to a great Flemish invention: the wandelknooppunten network, which is a network of hiking junctions (the same exists for bikes). Outside the grape museum you will see this signpost:

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This means you are at junction 328, and the next junction is no. 3, which you reach by following the arrow.

Basically you decide on the route you want to follow, and simply follow the arrows and junctions. So if you are heading from junction 328 to junction 3, you just follow the arrows like this one:

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Until you come to junction 3:

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At junction 3 you can either turn left towards junction 30, or go straight on towards junction 302.

How do I know which junctions to follow?

You can go to this website and make your own route. Just key in Overijse and you will see all the numbered junctions in the area and you can make your own route depending on the distance you want to travel. All distances between all junctions are indicated.

Or you can use this map:

Overijse map

Here you see junctions 328 and then 3 in the top-left, and then the path to junction 302.

I followed the route 328-3-302-303-305-306-307-308-309-36-300-30-3-328. The total distance was 14.2 km, but you can see that you make a shorter circle or a much larger one.

What kind of countryside will I be walking through?

A bit of everything: arable fields, open meadows, some sunken lanes, the occasional wooded areas, and a few hilly bits but nothing too strenuous. Here are some pics from my walk:

So what are you waiting for?

I hope the above gives all you Brussels-based non-car-owning countryside-loving people all the instructions you need for a lovely day out in the Flemish countryside.

If you still have any questions, just drop me a line.

I hope you enjoy your day trip to Overijse.

33 replies »

  1. Hi Denzil, you are doing some useful educational work there, explaining the junction walking network. I myself will be trying it out around Postel abbey this afternoon. Your readers might want to know that the system also crosses into the Netherlands, covers Eastern Belgium and recently parts of Henegouwen.

    • Thanks Sharon. The cycling network like this is even better, because you can (in theory) zoom by the posts, just glancing at them, without having to get off and look at a map.

  2. We’re just having a beer at Den Bonten Os after completing the hike! It was a hot day today so we got a bit sweaty, but the walk was lovely, with the fields of wheat, with poppies and cornflowers πŸ™‚

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