Travel tips Meerhout and region

Pieter

Travel tips Meerhout and region

Sights in the area
Since 1545, the Abbey of Tongerlo has been in possession of a precious canvas: the most faithful and beautiful replica of "the Last Supper" that Leonardo da Vinci painted in the dining room of the Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery in Milan. Because the original fresco has suffered so much over time that there is not much left of its original beauty, their 'Last Supper' has become all the more valuable. If you want to fully enjoy the beauty of Leonardo's Last Supper, then a visit to the museum at the Abbey is a must. Here the priests often give the tours themselves. Leonardo da Vinci himself has painted on this version of his last supper, which makes the canvas very unique. No thousands of people in line for you like in Milan who come to view this masterpiece. A truly undiscovered gem if you ask me. The museum is open from 2 pm. until 5 pm: daily from 1 May to 30 September daily during the Easter holidays (except on Good Friday and Easter) Every Sunday of March, April and October
Abdij Tongerlo, Norbertijnenabdij
40 Abdijstraat
Since 1545, the Abbey of Tongerlo has been in possession of a precious canvas: the most faithful and beautiful replica of "the Last Supper" that Leonardo da Vinci painted in the dining room of the Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery in Milan. Because the original fresco has suffered so much over time that there is not much left of its original beauty, their 'Last Supper' has become all the more valuable. If you want to fully enjoy the beauty of Leonardo's Last Supper, then a visit to the museum at the Abbey is a must. Here the priests often give the tours themselves. Leonardo da Vinci himself has painted on this version of his last supper, which makes the canvas very unique. No thousands of people in line for you like in Milan who come to view this masterpiece. A truly undiscovered gem if you ask me. The museum is open from 2 pm. until 5 pm: daily from 1 May to 30 September daily during the Easter holidays (except on Good Friday and Easter) Every Sunday of March, April and October
The postel abbey is ideal for people who are looking for tranquility and at the same time want to enjoy typical Belgian specialties. The fathers brew their own beer, have their own cheese and you can buy delicious gingerbread. A visit to this abbey is more recommended to people who are in the area for a longer period of time. You can take long walks in the nearby forests. From your apartment, the Postel Abbey is also a nice stopover during a cycling tour in the region
Abdij Postel
The postel abbey is ideal for people who are looking for tranquility and at the same time want to enjoy typical Belgian specialties. The fathers brew their own beer, have their own cheese and you can buy delicious gingerbread. A visit to this abbey is more recommended to people who are in the area for a longer period of time. You can take long walks in the nearby forests. From your apartment, the Postel Abbey is also a nice stopover during a cycling tour in the region
Meerhout is situated in the heart of the green Campina region. You will find here “Grote Netewoud”, a series of nature reserves along the river “Grote Nete” and its tributaries. Right in the middle you come across the visitor center “Grote Netewoud”. Located at 700m from Den Beer, and therefore the perfect starting point for a nice walk. It is situated on a green and historic site next to a 17th century water mill, where the “Grote Nete” literally flows through the building. The visitor center is the gateway to discover the valuable nature in Balen, Meerhout, Geel and Mol. You walk from flowery grasslands to swamps and marshes, passing heathland and land dunes and you can get lost in the vast forests. Recently “Totterpad” was opened here. A nice path to discover with kids between 3 & 12 years. Follow Bernard the beaver and meet his friends the kingfisher, lizard and bat. Did you also know that there are a lot of small hiking trails around Den Beer that crisscross through and around the center of Meerhout? I made walking/running tour of 7.8 km starting at the apartment going into the forests. Don't hesitate to ask me for the tour and I will be happy to hand it over to you and help you with further questions you might have.
Bezoekerscentrum Grote Netewoud
6-12 Watermolen
Meerhout is situated in the heart of the green Campina region. You will find here “Grote Netewoud”, a series of nature reserves along the river “Grote Nete” and its tributaries. Right in the middle you come across the visitor center “Grote Netewoud”. Located at 700m from Den Beer, and therefore the perfect starting point for a nice walk. It is situated on a green and historic site next to a 17th century water mill, where the “Grote Nete” literally flows through the building. The visitor center is the gateway to discover the valuable nature in Balen, Meerhout, Geel and Mol. You walk from flowery grasslands to swamps and marshes, passing heathland and land dunes and you can get lost in the vast forests. Recently “Totterpad” was opened here. A nice path to discover with kids between 3 & 12 years. Follow Bernard the beaver and meet his friends the kingfisher, lizard and bat. Did you also know that there are a lot of small hiking trails around Den Beer that crisscross through and around the center of Meerhout? I made walking/running tour of 7.8 km starting at the apartment going into the forests. Don't hesitate to ask me for the tour and I will be happy to hand it over to you and help you with further questions you might have.
The animal market - known locally as the 'rabbit market' - has taken place for more than one hundred and twenty five years. Every Sunday from 08 am until noon (12h) professional dealers as well as occasional sellers offer poultry, rabbits, fish, rodents and birds for sale. You can end your visit with a nice beer or morning breakfast in one of the many local pubs around. Only on sunday. Other days, this area is not really worth a visit
Rondplein
The animal market - known locally as the 'rabbit market' - has taken place for more than one hundred and twenty five years. Every Sunday from 08 am until noon (12h) professional dealers as well as occasional sellers offer poultry, rabbits, fish, rodents and birds for sale. You can end your visit with a nice beer or morning breakfast in one of the many local pubs around. Only on sunday. Other days, this area is not really worth a visit
This cycle path safely takes you into higher realms. Quite literally - because you cycle around a double circle all the way up to the treetops, up to ten meters. The cycle path is 700 meters in total. You experience nature in a completely different way and become one with the forest. The path is also accessible to walkers and joggers. You can make a nice cycling route starting from your apartment to this unique point.
Cycling through the Trees
This cycle path safely takes you into higher realms. Quite literally - because you cycle around a double circle all the way up to the treetops, up to ten meters. The cycle path is 700 meters in total. You experience nature in a completely different way and become one with the forest. The path is also accessible to walkers and joggers. You can make a nice cycling route starting from your apartment to this unique point.
Day trips
Antwerp has much to offer. It is a city with a perfect mix between historical buildings, nice museums and lovely food. Oh and by the way; don't miss the central station. One of the most beautiful stations in the world. If you like my personal spots for dinners/ things to visit/... let me know and I will be happy to help. I have studies and lived for many years in Antwerp so I can provide you with some good local tips.
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Antwerp
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Antwerp has much to offer. It is a city with a perfect mix between historical buildings, nice museums and lovely food. Oh and by the way; don't miss the central station. One of the most beautiful stations in the world. If you like my personal spots for dinners/ things to visit/... let me know and I will be happy to help. I have studies and lived for many years in Antwerp so I can provide you with some good local tips.
Are you interested in discovering the origins of our current habits and traditions? Then you should visit Bokrijk, an open-air museum in for sure. Besides a rich collection of historical buildings and objects, the museum’s collection also includes intangible cultural heritage such as rituals, stories and techniques, and a number of traditional animal breeds. If you are making cycling tour in the area you should "cycle through the water" in Bokrijk as you ride straight through a lake at junction 91 of the cycle route network on a 3 metre wide, 212 metre long cycle path. You’ll be able to see, feel, smell and even touch the water ... without needing a wet suit. A very unique experience
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Bokrijk
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Are you interested in discovering the origins of our current habits and traditions? Then you should visit Bokrijk, an open-air museum in for sure. Besides a rich collection of historical buildings and objects, the museum’s collection also includes intangible cultural heritage such as rituals, stories and techniques, and a number of traditional animal breeds. If you are making cycling tour in the area you should "cycle through the water" in Bokrijk as you ride straight through a lake at junction 91 of the cycle route network on a 3 metre wide, 212 metre long cycle path. You’ll be able to see, feel, smell and even touch the water ... without needing a wet suit. A very unique experience
Hasselt is a nearby bigger city and is a nice place for some shopping and having dinner. Let me know if you like some of my up to date dinner spots in Hasselt
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Hasselt
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Hasselt is a nearby bigger city and is a nice place for some shopping and having dinner. Let me know if you like some of my up to date dinner spots in Hasselt
'Cycling through Water' in Bokrijk is a unique cycling experience in which you cycle more than 200 meters through a pond. The bike path opened in April 2016 and since then many cyclists and hikers have felt the magic of this place. A perfect day trip by bike starting from your apartment.
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Fietsen door het water - Bokrijk
3600 Pad
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'Cycling through Water' in Bokrijk is a unique cycling experience in which you cycle more than 200 meters through a pond. The bike path opened in April 2016 and since then many cyclists and hikers have felt the magic of this place. A perfect day trip by bike starting from your apartment.
Nearby family activities
Located nearby your apartment. Might be a nice trip for families with kids.
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Olmense Zoo
45 Bukenberg
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Located nearby your apartment. Might be a nice trip for families with kids.
A great amusement park for the whole family with roller coasters, white water rinks, indoor playground and much more. This park provides a whole day of fun and entertainment.
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Bobbejaanland
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A great amusement park for the whole family with roller coasters, white water rinks, indoor playground and much more. This park provides a whole day of fun and entertainment.
Water fun
Zilvermeer is a small lake located in Mol. On a warm summer's day, this is the ideal place to swim and relax.
Zilvermeer
Zilvermeer is a small lake located in Mol. On a warm summer's day, this is the ideal place to swim and relax.
An indoor swimming pool complex to enjoy fun water activities with the whole family for half a day
Sunparks Kempense Meren
100 Postelsesteenweg
An indoor swimming pool complex to enjoy fun water activities with the whole family for half a day
Wellness
Hezemeer is a nice wellness and sauna resort nearby your apartment. Keep in mind that no badsuits are allowed here. You will get towels and a bathrobe when you enter. The complex has over 10 differtent sauna's to try.
Hezemeer
Hezemeer is a nice wellness and sauna resort nearby your apartment. Keep in mind that no badsuits are allowed here. You will get towels and a bathrobe when you enter. The complex has over 10 differtent sauna's to try.
Pubs and coffee shops
A few years ago, the father of the owners, who was a doctor, received his patients in the building. This nice place breathes the atmosphere of the doctor's cabinet from the past. Very cozy and nice for a good coffee or tea, delicious rosé wine and a piece of cake. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
Den Doktoor
58 Gasthuisstraat
A few years ago, the father of the owners, who was a doctor, received his patients in the building. This nice place breathes the atmosphere of the doctor's cabinet from the past. Very cozy and nice for a good coffee or tea, delicious rosé wine and a piece of cake. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
"Het magazijn" is A very popular pub where people from the entire region come to. There are always people here and you can enjoy delicious belgian beers. Very cozy, both during winter and summer, on their terrace. It's only 100m away from your apartment! :-)
The Warehouse
"Het magazijn" is A very popular pub where people from the entire region come to. There are always people here and you can enjoy delicious belgian beers. Very cozy, both during winter and summer, on their terrace. It's only 100m away from your apartment! :-)
Restaurants
An Italian restaurant within walking distance of your apartment. Here you do not go for a pizza, but for the more refined Italian cuisine. This restaurant is known for it's quality dishes.
La Ghironda
27 Molenberg
An Italian restaurant within walking distance of your apartment. Here you do not go for a pizza, but for the more refined Italian cuisine. This restaurant is known for it's quality dishes.
Whether you want to dine, have lunch or fancy a quick bite, you are always welcomed with their hospitality. This restaurant has been around since 1980. You will eat in a home setting.
Martino
152 Bevrijdingslaan
Whether you want to dine, have lunch or fancy a quick bite, you are always welcomed with their hospitality. This restaurant has been around since 1980. You will eat in a home setting.
At walking distance and therefore already interesting if you want to eat something quickly. Here you do not go for a culinary experience but eat your well-prepared everyday dishes. Be sure to sample the “Stoemp” card (Stoemp is typical "farmer's food" which is also eaten weekly at many Belgian families.)
Brasserie De Met Meerhout
26 Markt
At walking distance and therefore already interesting if you want to eat something quickly. Here you do not go for a culinary experience but eat your well-prepared everyday dishes. Be sure to sample the “Stoemp” card (Stoemp is typical "farmer's food" which is also eaten weekly at many Belgian families.)
A very good restaurant for Belgian - French cuisine. Chef Dirk and his wife Diane run the restaurant and form a great team. In Sessibon contemporary well-kept dishes are served, as well as classics, often with Mediterranean and / or Asian touches. My personal favorite because of the good price-quality ratio.
Sessibon
13 Markt
A very good restaurant for Belgian - French cuisine. Chef Dirk and his wife Diane run the restaurant and form a great team. In Sessibon contemporary well-kept dishes are served, as well as classics, often with Mediterranean and / or Asian touches. My personal favorite because of the good price-quality ratio.
Awarded with a star in the Michelin Guide, this restaurant is an ideal opportunity to indulge your culinary delights. Moreover, it is located in the rustic hamlet of Bel, not far away from your apartment.
La Belle
162 Bel
Awarded with a star in the Michelin Guide, this restaurant is an ideal opportunity to indulge your culinary delights. Moreover, it is located in the rustic hamlet of Bel, not far away from your apartment.
Here you can eat in an informal atmosphere. Go for one of the Belgian classics such as “Vidé” or mussels with fries.
Maereholt
158 Olmsebaan
Here you can eat in an informal atmosphere. Go for one of the Belgian classics such as “Vidé” or mussels with fries.