4.5 based on 160 reviews
We enjoyed a nice afternoon at the Lommel Sahara which is situated in the province of Limburg (Belgium) near the Dutch border.
The area consists of an extensive coniferous forest mixed with a desert landscape and lake. The arid and sandy landscape came about as a result of gases emanating from a former zinc factory located there nearly 80 years ago. The lake is the result of sand mining. Forests were planted around the area to prevent further expansion. We took the "orange" route which led us past a viewing tower that was opened in 2014. After many stairs and steps we climbed 30 meters to enjoy some stunning views over the area.
4.5 based on 200 reviews
The barefoot path is part of Lieteberg, one of the Hoge Kempen National Park gateways and situated in Zutendaal. When driving on the Stalkerweg, follows the signs on round-about for parking area (free). From here it is a small walk to the entrance. In addition to the barefoot path, there is also a cafe for drinks and refreshments, free toilets, etc. You are allowed to bring your own lunch under the condition that you do buy a drink! When you enter the entrance you can buy a ticket to enter the barefoot path. For those interested, you can also buy a combined ticket that grants you entrance to the butterfly conservatory and insect museum too. Both are quite small in set-up. Before entering the barefoot path, there are lockers where you can store your shoes, etc. They are coin operated (1 Euro) which will be returned when you open locker.
We have enjoyed the barefoot path quite a few times and keep coming back, each time it is a different experience depending on the group and time of year. The barefoot path is ideal after rain. Bark chip, etc. can hurt when paths are more dry and mud puddles have dried up.
This is a fun activity for young and old but there is a word of warning for older less mobile people, who can be challenged when climbing the log type stairs to reach maize and view tower. Since there are no short cuts, it is good to be aware of this.
Another thing we enjoy about the path is that they yearly add a new attraction to the path. This year they added a wooden bridge (boomkroonpad) right at the end.
I should also end that the entrance, where you buy your ticket is a tourist information office and great place to stock up on brochure of other attractions in the area. They also sell some local delicatessen (honey, some local schnapps, etc.)
When in the area, we can recommend a visit to this unique experience!
4.5 based on 487 reviews
Bokrijk is the biggest open air museum in Belgium, located in a beautiful and natural environment. The place for a nice day out with lots of activities for individuals, families, schools and groups.
It shows Belgium culture very well. You can spent anything from a hour to half a day there depending on how much time you have. It's so relaxing walking around there. I loved the piglets walking around. If you can't walk everywhere, they have a hop on hop off facility.
4.5 based on 165 reviews
Het Mijnmuseum tells the story of the mines and mining in Limburg. The new museum opened in april 2012 and is highly interactive, with testimonials, a huge touchscreen and lots of audio and moviefragments. There is also the possibility to visit the underground simulation with an enthousiastic guide (ex-miner) to experience how the mineworkers had to work. There are programs for families, groups and schools.
My dad was a miner here, so were my grandfathers. Growing up in Beringen in the 80s the mine was part of life, always in the background, and its cultural heritage still lives on long past its closure.
I never bothered visiting the museum, figuring I knew what it was about anyway. But my dad really wanted to show his kids "what a tough life" he had ;) And I must say the museum exceeded my expectations. I was a bit disappointed we couldn't go down the actual mine tunnels anymore (too dangerous and they've been sealed off) but the basement exposition of how the underground looked was very well done too. My dad was an enthousiastic guide, but we also had one of the official guides join us in the basement and he was excellent.
On some Sundays larger parts of the museum are opened up (with official guide tour).
Outside there's a café where you can try out the local "koolputtersbier" ("coal miner's beer") and have some food. Actually the outside of the mine complex is rather interesting too if you're into industrial architecture.
One of the old mine terrils (the debris excavated from the mines) can be climbed as a vantage point (for free), and the other one is being turned into an "adventure hill" with mountainbike track etc. And by the end of the year they'll open up a diving school on the premise as well, we'll probably return then so my boyfriend can give that a try, it sounds very cool.
A surpisingly nice way to spend an afternoon.
4.5 based on 127 reviews
Big rooms with comfortable and specious seats with no chance to have someone blocking your view. Great quality surround sound system and screen. One of the best I've been to.
4.5 based on 91 reviews
Without the big ugly wellness building they are constructing in the middle of the nature, the panoramic view from the terril would have been perfect. Although this is still an industrial site, the domain is well kept and perfect for a 2-4 hour walk. The nearby terril is most beautiful. If you have the opportunity to visit the site with a 'ranger', you will get a lot of interesting things to know of both the history and the current fauna and flora.
4.5 based on 110 reviews
As a skier I thought that I wouldn't enjoy it, however it was quite nice pootling down the slope. I appreciate that it wasn't at all challenging but children ski and my youngest I know really enjoyed the slope as it helped her increase her confidence.
Our friends tried the lessons and there was some success and some not.
I was advised that if you are a skier then the evenings are a good time to go, and the later on in the week you go then the slope gets more crowded.
4.5 based on 88 reviews
No food served on the Terrace in summer apart from a cheese plate and a plate mixed of cheese and ham and more.
These plates are big and accompanied with very tasty bread and butter.
People mostly come here to have a good beer or another drink on the very pleasant Terrace.
Personnel were friendly
I do recommend it
5 based on 46 reviews
The Eyewitness Museum is centred around the story of fictional German paratrooper August Segel, a soldier in the First Fallschirmjäger Regiment, which was later partially absorbed into the Hermann Göring Division. Segel guides visitors through his war experience, from his enlistment into the German army in 1935, through the horrors of the frontline in France, Russia and Belgium, and to the final days of the war in Berlin. Using his story as a framework, the museum offers personal insights into life on the battlefield and the many hardships encountered by soldiers and civilians throughout the years of the Second World War.
4 based on 86 reviews
The parc is not too big.Special for small children its very good.They can walk around by themselves.There are not the big animals , but the smaller ones.
there is also a nice place where the children can play and have some drinks or eat some ice-cream or other small things.Its good for a half day trip.
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