Heidestrand | De Wijers - land of 1001 ponds

Experience and discover



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Zwanenstraat 105
   3520 Zonhoven

   +32 11 52 01 90 of +32 11 81 04 11

‘Heidestrand’ is the place to be for the real nature lovers. Here you are in the very heart of the ‘Wijers', a real hotspot for many rare animals, where the bittern, tree frog and little bittern, among others, have found their home. From the look-out tower, you have breath-taking views over the hundreds of ponds. In addition, this is the centre of fish farming. There are still some family farms active. You can stay at the campsite or come for a swim for the day.

What is there to do?


Water fun

Heidestrand campsite offers plenty of water fun for children and adults alike: a bright blue open-air swimming pool with slide and springboards and a swimming pond invite you for a splash. There is also a sunbathing lawn, playground, petanque fields, sports field, table tennis and a fishing pond.




From the car park of Heidestrand campsite, there are several hiking trails that invite you to discover the beautiful pond area. Several viewing huts are dotted along the route, allowing you to spy on the numerous water birds. The watchtower offers you a unique panorama of the water. On the orange route, you will learn all about the relationship between nature and fish farming. Check out the routes and choose your favourite one on www.wandeleninlimburg.be  

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Hiking areas nearby

  • Herkenrode Abbey Site
  • Bolderberg



‘Heidestrand’ is located on the Limburg cycling route network that connects the entire region. The cycling map is available from the Zonhoven tourism office. If you prefer the signposted cycling loop, then select one of the cycling loops through the ‘Wijers’ using the Wijers cycling map  or ask the tourism office about one of the other cycling routes. Bikes can be rented via www.toerismelimburg.be/nl/fietsservice


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Food & Drink


In summer, the restaurant and bar of the Heidestrand campsite are open. People not staying on the campsite are also welcome!



Visit the fish farm Vandeput
Discover the rich history of local fish farming, learn all about the cultivation of freshwater fish and see the fish from up close. Depending on the season, you can admire numerous fish species 'live' here. During the visit, you will also get to know the beautiful nature reserve in which the nurseries are located.

‘De Teut’ and ‘Ten Haagdoorn’
In the late summer, nature reserves ‘De Teut’ and ‘Ten Haagdoorn’ are at their best. That’s when the heather colours the landscape in a beautiful purple hue. Crystal clear pools and special panoramas turn this into a unique experience. The prehistoric ‘holsteen’ grinder, with its 5,000-year-old grinding marks, gives this area a mysterious touch.


De Holsteen
The ‘Holsteen’ site features the only fixed stone grinder in Flanders. Prehistoric man already used the stone for flattening out tools. In the town hall, you will find many archaeological objects on display in the permanent exhibition on prehistoric life in this municipality.