Lots to do and see in the area
The holiday home is located next to one of Limburg’s most beautiful hiking areas, namely the ‘Negenoord’ nature reserve. You can walk between the lakes and meadows where Galloway cattle and Konik horses graze.
Hikes in the picturesque village of Stokkem, along the Meuse towards Oud-Dilsen or in the direction of the ferry and Leut are all moments to be savoured in stunning landscapes of unspoilt nature.
Elen, district of Dilsen-Stokkem, boasts a hiking area called ‘De Broeken’, a marshy area with an attractive timber path.
For those who like to walk in the woods, this is possible in the local Dilserbos.
Walks in Bergerven are breathtaking because of the beautiful and unique nature reserve on the edge of the Kempen Plateau, featuring no less than 50 ha of pure nature and open waters.
And last but not least, we are proud of the National Park!
One of the park’s entrance gate ‘Connecterra’ is only a few kilometres away. There, you will be treated to spectacular panoramas of mountains and lakes, as well as peaks. The hiking area has numerous hiking loops that can be explored on your own or in the company of a Ranger.
The ‘Mechelse Heide’ is another nearby gateway with wide vistas, challenging climbs and in August-September, beautiful panoramas of purple flowering heather.
Limburg loves cyclists and cyclists love Limburg!
The holiday home is situated at an access point between junctions 49 and 50 of the cycling network. As we are situated along the Maasdijk, you can start really long cycling tours in flat countryside from here.
You can also use ferries to cycle across borders.
Within the ‘Rivierpark Maasvallei’, the location forms part of cycling tours along five picturesque Meuse villages.
Numerous cycling loops are also possible in the direction of the Kempen, National Park with slightly more inclines in the landscape.
Since ‘Cycling through water’ has won gold in the category Architecture-Landscape at one of the leading design contests in Los Angeles, we definitely want to mention this cycling event in Bokrijk. Cycling on a three-metre-wide path with water on both sides at eye level is a particularly unique experience!
In addition, ‘Cycling through the trees’ in Bosland is a spectacular cycling experience in Hechtel-Eksel. Via an iconic circular bridge that climbs gradually, you can cycle right through the treetops.
Moreover, mountain bikers are in their element in our region. There are plenty of beautiful mountain bike routes in the immediate vicinity and in the National Park.
In fact, bikes can be rented from Maascentrum de Wissen, which is located next to the house.
Alternatively, you can rent bikes, electric bikes, cargo bikes, mountain bikes, etc. from the ‘Maro’ rental service in Maaseik.
‘Whisper boats’ – electrically-powered boats that move silently across the water – can be hired from a place 100 metres from the house. These boats allow you to explore the surroundings from the Old Meuse tributary (Oude Maasarm) while you can sit back and enjoy the soothing landscape and the many water birds.
Travel by boat to the nature reserve Kerkeweerd to stroll around among more than 400 species of plants.
The whisper boats can be booked at Maascentrum de Wissen.
Rivierpark Maasvallei is a fishing paradise. Right next to the house, the Old Meuse and adjacent gravel ponds offer beautiful angling locations.
Furthermore, anglers can practise their favourite sport on the dikes of the Zuid-Willem Canal or in numerous natural fish and trout ponds in the vicinity.
Needless to say, a fishing pass is required!
Kayaking can be done on the Meuse in an unspoilt nature reserve with kayaks or rafts for two, three or four. The distance varies from 3 to 21 km with different starting and arrival points.
There is a departure point 10 km from the holiday home.
Water skiing can be practised in the borough of Lanklaar. The water-ski park is located at the Zuid-Willem Canal.
Wakeboarding is possible in Dilsen-Stokkem, which boasts Europe’s largest cable park. It is beautifully situated within the ‘Hoge Kempen’ national park. There is also an inflatable aqua park with obstacles of up to 4 metres high.
Those who prefer to watch can do so on the beach either from the cosy beach bar or from the restaurant.
Sailing and many other water sports are possible in the marina ‘Heerenlaak’ in Maaseik and the marina ‘de Spaanjerd’ in Ophoven. They are by far the best equipped and most modern marinas in the area.
Luxurious motor yachts can also be rented for cruises from these locations.
‘Aquadroom’ in Maaseik is an indoor and outdoor swimming complex with competition pool, children’s and relaxation pools. There are two spectacular slides and a heated outdoor pool.
There is also a public sauna complex.
In Opoeteren, there is an outdoor swimming pool ‘De Wouterbron’ with pure spring water, a sandy beach, a play area and sunbathing lawn.
The ‘Wilhelm Tell Water Paradise’, a large outdoor pool with waves, rapids, water slide, a water playground for the little ones and an indoor pool with hot whirlpool, is located in Opglabbeek.
In Opgrimbie, the ‘Kikmolen’ (Kik Mill) is located on a 2.7 ha domain. There is a recreational outdoor pool with slides and a large sunbathing lawn, alongside a separate children’s pool and playground.
In Zutendaal, there is the ‘t Soete Dal’ with outdoor pool, paddling pool and playground.
Those who like to keep it very natural can opt for ‘De Steenberg’ at the Maasplas in Kinrooi, which is a natural open body of water with a sandy beach.
As for sauna and wellness, there is the tastefully decorated complex of ‘Aquadroom’ with saunas, hammam, sensation shower, foot spa with fish peeling and massage.
As soon as you arrive, you get this wonderful holiday feeling.
The National Park boasts ‘Elaisa Energetic Wellness’, one of the Benelux’s most luxurious wellness centres, with a whole variety of saunas, baths, hammam, holistic treatments, sunbathing lawn, restaurant, etc.
In addition, there are a number of private facilities in the immediate vicinity where you can book for saunas, massages or treatments.
The ‘De Warre’ adventure park is 7 km away. It is especially known for its ‘Klimbos het Warredal’, an impressive climbing event among the trees. There is a spectacular (height) course, divided into different levels of difficulty and heights. After receiving the climbing equipment and necessary instructions, you can set off on a great adventure, alone or under supervision.
In addition to the climbing forest, activities such as archery, archery tag, laser games, bumper ball and ‘knotshockey’ (fun variation on the traditional field hockey) are all possible.
There are two karting circuits nearby, namely an indoor karting circuit in Eisden and one in Genk. The latter is the largest in Europe.
For those who like to shop, the holiday home could not be located any better. Shopping fun guaranteed!
The well-known outlet stores of Maasmechelen Village are 6 km away. In fact, the location itself is worth a visit on account of the redevelopment of the former mine buildings in Eisden.
In Maasmechelen, there is also the covered shopping mall M2, in addition to the mega stores with large clothing brands, known and loved by many famous Flemings …
At a distance of 20 km, there is a large, completely renovated shopping centre in Genk. So shopping fun guaranteed, even in bad weather!
And then there is Hasselt, ‘the’ fashion city, which should certainly not be overlooked! After all, it is the country’s fourth largest shopping city, located about 30 kilometres from the holiday home.
In the Netherlands, Maastricht is undoubtedly the friendliest shopping city just 20 km away.
Sittard, a smaller town is also nearby, certainly by ferry (12 km).
At 25 km away is Heerlen, known for its ‘residential’ boulevard, with many shops for living and home furnishings, such as Ikea.
Roermond, 30 km away, is very well known for its Designer Outlet.
In all these Dutch cities, in addition to Sunday shopping, there’s late-night shopping every Thursday or Friday until 9 p.m.
At the holiday home, the well-equipped kitchen allows for elaborate cooking, and dining can be done both indoors and outdoors. Everything is provided. Fresh herbs from the garden can add that extra touch for those who like to cook themselves.
Those who prefer to sit back and let someone else do the cooking, can consider themselves happy that a number of good restaurants and brasseries are within spitting distance. In fact, at 2-km distance, there’s even a restaurant with a star for the real gourmets …
It is difficult to include everything that might be interesting to visit during your stay in our holiday home.
The Meuse banks are known for the production of excellent wines. With global warming, the region may yet become the next Burgundy region …
In the borough of Rotem, for example, there is the vineyard Huize Timmermans with ‘the Maaslander’, a special wine made from jonagold and grapes. It is a recognised regional product, labelled under the name ‘Limburg cider with grapes’; thus tradition, purity and quality are guaranteed.
Recently, a new winegrower, ‘Thilesna’, established a few kilometres from the holiday home. From the outset, the owners immediately managed to win a silver medal in the selection of the best Belgian wines.
And last but not least, there are the top wines of the ‘Aldeneyck’ estate, located in Maaseik-Aldeneik. These wines have been awarded numerous gold and silver medals every year as best Belgian wines.
Group visits to these three wineries can be organised.
In a borough of Rotem, there is a care farm ‘Ommersteyn’ that employs people with disabilities. Why not visit the organic goat farm, with more than 500 goats, or buy their home-made products, such as cheeses, honey, apple juice and seasonal products.
In July and August, the ‘smokkelmarkt’ (smugglers’ market) is held in Stokkem every Sunday morning, featuring a lot of stands that sell regional products, lot of snacky treats and fun entertainment on the side.
These are just a few things to do at the ‘Côté Meuse’.
There are also many organised cycling events, hikes, and much more.
Tips can always be given on what special activities are organised during a specific period of stay.