Cross-border nature reserve
On the border of Belgian and Dutch Limburg and North Brabant lies the GrensPark Kempen~Broek. A 25,000-hectare cross-border nature reserve that is unique in its size for Flanders and the Netherlands. It spans in the Netherlands over the Cranendonck, Nederweert and Weert and in Belgium over Bocholt, Bree, Kinrooi and Maaseik. GrensPark Kempen~Broek was once a hideout for billygoat riders and smugglers but today it is an oasis of peace and natural beauty. A varied landscape consisting of several adjoining parts, each with its own atmosphere: forest, marsh, hayfield, stream valley. These different landscapes are home to many rare plants and animals.
Hiking in GrensPark Kempen~Broek
Scattered through GrensPark Kempen~Broek are several hiking trails. The routes run through the varied landscape of Kempen~Broek. On one route, you walk through a swampy area, while on another route you get to see authentic mills that can still be found in the GrensPark.
Cycling routes Grenspark Kempen~Broek
Another way to discover the Border Park is on your bicycle. The many beautiful country lanes and cycle paths make for excellent cycling in this varied nature reserve. There is also a digital cycling route which you can download onto your smartphone and which allows you to cross through the nature reserve in a fun, interactive way. At various places along the route, the app provides additional information in the form of text and images. Click the button below and discover the cycling routes through Grenspark Kempen~Broek.
Mills in Kempen~Broek
The municipality of Weert is known for its green surroundings and the many water and wind turbines that can be found there. Also in GrensPark Kempen~Broek. There are several mills in the nature reserve that are well worth a visit. On certain days, the mills are open to the public and the miller will explain everything about the operation and history of these beautiful mills. Use the route planner to easily plan a walking or cycling route along the various mills in GrensPark Kempen~Broek.
Besides hiking and cycling, you can also enjoy excellent horse riding in GrensPark Kempen~Broek. Linda Hofman, also known as The Outdoor Rider, has written a blog about horse riding through Kempen~Broek. With over 30 years of international experience in outdoor riding, she now writes blogs to inspire other riders about safe and fun outdoor riding, horsemanship and stories about her adventures with Lacos the Andalusian gelding.
Nature and Environment Centre De IJzeren Man
One of the gateways to GrensPark Kempen~Broek is the Nature and Environment Centre De IJzeren Man. In this interactive visitor centre, you will learn everything about the nature of Kempen~Broek. The Nature and Environment Centre organises all kinds of activities for young and old about nature, the environment and sustainability. There is an aquarium with fish found in the Tungelroyse Beek and a large garden containing a herb garden, an insect garden and a tiny forest.