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Many nature reserves nearby

Negenoord-Kerkeweerd
‘Negenoord-Kerkeweerd’ nature reserve is located 50 metres from the holiday home.

After years of gravel extraction, open plains with large and deep pools arose.

It is undoubtedly one of the province’s most beautiful hiking areas, where Konik horses and Galloway cattle graze in the unspoilt nature all year round.

There are signposted hiking trails in the nature reserve and there is also a wheelchair-friendly route.

The ‘Kerkeweerd’ area is one of the most plant-rich areas in the Meuse region. On less than 40 ha of former gravel extraction, there are almost 400 plant species and numerous special insects. Feel free to just wander around.

http://www.limburgs-landschap.be/natuurgebieden_detail.asp?taal=nl&r=JOMRIPE8&g=JMNOKMERM

 

‘Hoge Kempen’ National Park
The ‘Hoge Kempen’ National Park is a unique nature reserve with more than 5700 ha of forest, heathland and large lakes.

You can relax endlessly: hiking, biking, mountain biking, horseback riding, … just indulge in carefree enjoyment of all this beauty!

The National Park is six times different. There are six gates, each with a different theme of ‘experience’.

1/ Connecterra

This entrance gate is located a few kilometres from the holiday home, next to the well-known ‘Maasmechelen-Village’ outlet centre. The area is located on top of the former coal mines of Eisden. It has the most beautiful panorama of Flanders, where you can enjoy a surprising mixture of mountains and lakes, as well as peaks.

At the entrance gate, there is a pit shaft that offers a unique view of the distant surroundings. The children can let off steam in the ‘playing pit’, a spacious playground with wooden playground equipment.

Culture lovers can get to know the garden suburb of Eisden, which is more than 100 year old, on the themed heritage walk.

2/ Mechelse Heide (Mechelen Heath)

The ‘Mechelse Heide’ in Maasmechelen is an ideal place to go for beautiful walks on a paved dirt track within vast heathlands. Here is the highest point of the National Park.

Especially in August and September, the purple heathland is a real beauty to behold.

3/ As Railway Station

This entrance in As is ‘the gate of the wheel’ because thousands of miners arrived at this station and also trains with coal departed from there.

A traditional train wagon has been set up as visitors’ reception. You can admire the surroundings from the 31-metre-tall watchtower and also explore the area via a narrow railway line.

4/Lieteberg

In Zutendaal, ‘Lieteberg’ is the gateway to the ‘microcosmos’. In the bee and insect centre, you discover a fascinating microcosmos.

Besides creepy crawlies and fluttering butterflies, this centre boasts the very first barefoot path in Flanders. Of course, traditional hikes are also possible in forests, heath and brook valleys.

5/ Kattevennen

This is Genk’s gateway to the Hoge Kempen National Park that turns the spotlight on the ‘macrocosmos’. In the Cosmodrome, you can explore the universe with a 360° show, or gaze at the universe and the stars through a super long telescope.

It features a playground and it is also possible to play miniature golf, go hiking, cycling, horse riding, etc.

6/ Pietersheim

This entrance gate in Lanaken is particularly interesting for families with children. Beside the 12th-century moated castle ruins, there is a playground, a petting zoo and a forest.

https://www.nationaalparkhogekempen.be

Rivierpark-Maasvallei

The Maasvallei (Meuse valley) is an exceptional area with the river Meuse as the main protagonist. Along the banks, there are a string of Meuse villages, picturesque places where you can take in the charming Meuse atmosphere. From North to South, Kessenich, Aldeneik, Maaseik, Stokkem, Leut and Oud-Rekem. The cycle route network takes you from village to village across the Maasdijk.

This river park is a wonderful setting for nature lovers, walkers and cyclists alike.

https://www.rivierparkmaasvallei.eu/nl

Bergerven

The Bergerven nature reserve was set up between 2007 and 2010. This particularly beautiful area lies on the edge of the Kempens Plateau and extends over the territory of Maaseik and Dilsen-Stokkem. There are several lakes, together accounting for more than 50 ha of open water.

http://www.limburgs-landschap.be/natuurgebieden_detail.asp?taal=nl&r=JOMRIPE8&g=JMNOKQIOO

‘Duinengordel’ (Dune Belt)

The Dune Belt is about 12 kilometres away.

Once upon a time, the sea reached up to this place. Today, it is a hilly landscape of 3000 ha of sand adjacent to forests, moors and fens. The peak is ‘Oudsberg’, the highest land dune in Flanders, treating you to a unique panorama on top.

There’s a choice between hiking, cycling, horse riding or mountain biking!
https://www.duinengordel.be