River nostalgia

When you look up information about the Dyle river (Dijle in Dutch), this is what Wikipedia says:

Dyle (French) or Dijle (Dutch) or historically the River Dyle in English, is a river in central Belgium, left tributary of the Rupel. It is 86 km (53 mi) long. It flows through the Belgian provinces of Walloon Brabant, Flemish Brabant and Antwerp. Its source is in Houtain-le-Val, near Nivelles in Walloon Brabant.

The most important cities along the Dyle are (starting from the source) Ottignies, Wavre, Leuven and Mechelen. The latter is often called the ‘Dijlestad’ (Dyle City). The main tributaries of the Dyle are the rivers Demer (in Werchter, Rotselaar municipality), and the Zenne at the Zennegat, on the farthest outskirts of Mechelen, where the canal Leuven-Mechelen also connects. A few hundred metres downstream, the confluence of the Dyle and the Nete at Rumst forms the river Rupel which 12 km further comes into the Scheldt on which the Antwerp seaport is located. The Dyle used to be navigable for small ships from Werchter on, although nowadays commercial and pleasure navigation is limited to Mechelen, the upper locks at Mechelen being closed for navigation.

I have some very good memories of the Dijle in Leuven/Louvain. When I was studying at university, a friend of mine used to live close to the river. I still remember our walks along the Dyle, talking about a lot of stuff, that had nothing to do with our studies! If I am not mistaken, her mother still lives in that same neighborhood. At some point, there is even a watermill, that nowadays has been turned into a pub.

I took some black and white pictures of the Dijle, near the béguinage. I like the contrast between the new life in nature and the old, sometimes abandoned buildings.


  • magsx2 May 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Looks like a lovely place, I love the canals, very nice. 🙂

    • thesweetkitten May 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

      And it’s so peaceful there that you forget that you are actually in a city!

  • El Guapo May 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Love cities that integrate their water like that.
    Great pics!

    • thesweetkitten May 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Great city, great pics! 🙂

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