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Meylandt Castle Estate

Meylandt Castle dates back to 1907 in its present form, and currently houses the Academy for the visual arts. The park is free to visit.

Meylandtlaan 20, Heusden-Zolder



Domheren House

Domheren House dates from 1795 and originally belonged to the family de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck.Today, it houses the offices of Limburgs Landschap vzw. The castle has a largepark in English landscape style. The park is free to visit.

Dekenstraat 39, Heusden-Zolder

Hermitage and chapel of Our Lady of Loreto

Back in 1673, pilgrim Lambert Hoelen, after a visit to the pilgrimage house of Loreto, had a replica built on Bolderberg. It became an important place of pilgrimage and, to this day, a hermit still lives here. Take a look in the chapel and admire the panoramic view.

Kluisstraat, Heusden-Zolder



Herkenrode Abbey Site (Hasselt)

Herkenrode Abbey Site is a silent witness to a great past, which beganin 1179 in the centre of County Loon. In 1217, Herkenrode became the first women's abbey of the Cistercian order in the Netherlands. The noble ladies who governed the abbey for centuries left their mark on the 'Wijers’. The abbey grew into a busy place of pilgrimage. In 1796, the sisters were forced to leave. The existing farm buildings of the abbey and the 100 hectares or so of nature reserve around the site have been restored and redeveloped with due respect forthe past. Dive into history in the Experience Centre, stroll through the beautiful Herbal and Inspiration Garden or drink a delicious abbey beer on the terrace. The estate is also the ideal starting point for cycling or walking on and around the abbey site.

Herkenrodeabdij 4, Hasselt



Greenville visitors’ centre

The old main building of the Kempen coal mines has been converted into a green industrial complex. In the visitors' centre, you step back into time. You start with the mining pastand end with the future in the field of energy and materials.

Centrum Zuid 1111, Houthalen-Helchteren



Ter Dolen Castle Brewery

A castle brewery that rews 'Ter Dolen' beer with great passion and craftsmanship. Here, the boss tastes his beer every day to guarantee quality. On the terrace or in the authentic brewery café, you can enjoy a local brew and a delicious piece of‘Ter Dolen’ cheese. Guided tours are available every Saturday, Sunday andpublic holidays at 3pm. Or: try to get out of the Escape room!

Eikendreef 21, Houthalen-Helchteren



The Holsteen

The ‘Holsteen’ site features the only fixed stone grinder in Flanders. Prehistoric man already used the stone for flattening out tools. In the townhall of Zonhoven, you will find archaeological objects found on the Holsteen in the permanent exhibition.

Hengelhoefseweg, Zonhoven



Fish farm of the Vandeput brothers (Zonhoven)

Discover the rich history of local fish farming, learn all about the cultivation of freshwater fish and come face to face with the fish. Depending on the season, you can also admire numerous fish species 'live' here. During the visit, you will also getto admire the beautiful nature reserve in which the fish farm is located.

Boomsteeg 40, Zonhoven



Kleen Meulen

De Kleen Meulen mill is located on the Mangelbeek and was built before 1715. The mill was built before 1715. Around 1875, the mill was an oil mill and a grain mill (corn and buckwheat). In 1931, the oil mill on the left bank was dismantled and converted into a warehouse. The inside of the grain mill was preserved, but the water wheel disappeared around 1967. The mill was thoroughly restored, and a new water wheel was installed on 15 July 2008.

Every Saturday, the water mill is activated and the miller gives his passionate account. By the Kleen Meulen, there is also a holiday home that you can rent tostay in this beautiful area.

Mangelbeekstraat 56, Lummen




C-mine is a gem of industrial heritage and brings you the stories of the mine in a contemporary, creative and imaginative way. Do you want to know how dark it really was in the old coal mine or see the miners at work? Then come to C-mine expedition, where you will pay a virtual andreal-life visit to the Winterslag mine.

C-mine 10, Genk



This mill on the Stiemerbeek was built in 1523 as a mill. Its main function was to make felt. From 1645, they produced strings of flax and hemp and oil from rapeseed and rapeseed. From 1843 to 1955 it was used as a corn mill. Since 1986 the mill is back in operation.

Slagmolenweg 76, Genk