Near Maasmechelen Village

Hiking in Limburg

Immerse yourself in nature with a hike through Flanders’ greenest province, Limburg. Explore our round-up of routes just a stone’s throw from Maasmechelen Village, all perfect for combining with a day of open-air shopping.

By Maasmechelen Village

01

Hoge Kempen National Park

Exit the Village and step directly into the national park, home to more than 12,000 hectares of natural beauty. Begin your journey at an entrance gate of your choice and let your on-foot adventure unfold. Opt for the park’s most well-known gateway, Terhills, or discover the stars and planets at Kattevennen, Genk. Start at As Station to explore the old coal railway, or walk amongst the flowers and bees from Lieteberg, Zutendaal. For a historical route, head for Pietersheim, Lanaken, or see the purple heather in all its splendour from Mechelse Heide, Maasmechelen. Plus – good news for avid explorers – there are three new gateways coming soon.

02

Meuse Valley River Park

Running along both banks of the Meuse, the beautiful Meuse Valley River Park connects Belgium and the Netherlands. Follow signposted walking loops on the Belgian shore, or map out your own route via junctions on the Dutch side. Expert hikers can enjoy a long-distance walk totalling 137 km, which passes through 11 Belgian and Dutch municipalities on the Meuse.

03

The Kruinenpad

While cycling through the trees is a familiar concept to some, few know about Limburg’s beautiful treetop walks. Maasmechelen’s Kruinenpad, a unique high-level bridge, takes you on a 181-metre journey through the trees complete with spectacular views and a variety of exciting wildlife.

04

Haspengouw

Discover the charm of the changing seasons in Haspengouw. In spring, the landscape is transformed into a sea of blossoms; in summer, the landscape is filled with fiery red cherries and juicy green pears; and in autumn, the Hesbaye hills are aglow with an orange-red hue. The only thing left is to choose a route.

05

Green spots

For a straightforward, signposted route, head to a green spot to explore some of the area’s best-loved treasures – from the historic Alden Biesen and beautiful views of Grootloon to the famous see-through church and picturesque Zammelen, better known as the green treasury.

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Hidden Beauty

Discover the province’s best-kept secrets with a hidden beauty walk. Choose from Lauw, a beautiful valley walk along the Jeker, or Beukenberg to follow in the footsteps of Romans over the old Tongeren aqueduct. If you’d rather a peaceful walk, then the Mombeek Valley is for you, and if it’s history you’re seeking, visit Heers Castle.

Plan your route

For more Limburg hiking trails, visit wandeleninlimburg.be Simply choose your desired distance and starting municipality, and be delighted by the wonderful world of walking.

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