Startpoint: Pietersheim



Gateway ‘Pietersheim’ will let you discover dense pine forests, old beech lanes,  juniper bushes and the vast surface of the ‘Pietersembos’. More to the north, the valley of the ‘Zijpbeek’ and the heather of the ‘Neerharerheide’ will enchant you with their beauty. You can enjoy the scent of sweet gale, feel bewitched by the magnificent panorama and experience the peace and quiet of one of the most silent and beautiful parts of the National Park.

‘Pietersheim’ has the charm and the feel of an old, noble castle park, with its majestic trees, its long lanes and its moats.

After several years of restoration, the Water fortress has regained her former glory. You will be plunged in the wonderful history of knights and nobles.
Open: April until October: weekdays from 10 am to 3.45 pm, weekends and holidays from 10 am to 4.45 pm. Closed on Monday. November until March: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 16.45 pm.
Contact: +32 (0) 89 77 25 34;

Within the castle ruins, a visitor centre has been build, this also serves as an information point for the National Park.

Kids: For small children, ‘Pietersheim’ is synonym for tons of fun. They can follow a ‘gnome trail’, starting in the petting zoo, stroll between the different farm animals and play at the playground.  The petting zoo is opened all year round.
Contact: +32 (0) 89 71 21 20;

Hotel-Restaurant ‘Castle Pietersheim’:  Did you ever imagine dining like a king or queen, of have you ever dreamt of spending the night in a castle? All of this is possible at the ‘Slot Pietersheim’
Contact: +32 (0) 89 73 93 93;;

Holiday cottage ‘Pietersheim’: This holiday centre offers lodgings for groups between 20 and 68 people. You even have the choice between full board or the possibility to cook yourself.
Contact: office hours +32 (0) 89 71 21 20;

Cafeteria & petting zoo: ‘Limburgse Vlaai’ and the aroma of fresh coffee invite you to take a break on the terrace of this cafeteria, while your children play at the playground. There is also the possibility to have a quick snack, or even to dine out.
Contact: +32 (0) 89 72 14 61;

By car:  on the E314 take exit 33 – follow the N78 direction’ Lanaken’, continue straight over the first roundabout, then take the first exit on the second roundabout. Take the first street to your right and then take a right again at the little chapel
By bus: take bus 724 (more information on

PARKING WATERBURCHT: Waterstraat, 3620 Lanaken
PARKING KINDERBOERDERIJ: Neerharenweg 12, 3620 Lanaken
T: +32 (0)89 71 21 20