Hiking in Turnhout, Flanders, Belgium
Hiking route 681850
Provided by: De Kempen
Turnhout is the capital of the Kempen, the city of beguines, fens and bunkers. This walk takes you through the rich history of this beautiful city: along the robust fortress, wide canal and the impressive castle of the Dukes of Brabant. Outside the city you can wander through a rugged fen area, hidden for years under dull coniferous forest.
Silence in the city
The picturesque beguinage dates from the 14th century. In this oasis of peace in the middle of the center you will find cozy houses, authentic cobblestones, green hedges, old water pumps and wrought iron street lamps. Only the chirping of birds does not make this a completely silent place. The beguinage, together with sixteen other Flemish beguinages, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. The last beguine died here in 2002. You will find a museum there to learn more about the beguine culture.
Heather and fens
The walk also takes you outside the city walls. The municipality is doing everything it can to restore the heathland and fen landscape. Monotonous coniferous trees are cut down, as is the American oak. The open landscape is increasingly resembling what it looked like here before the twentieth century. Beyond the Koeven you wander alternately through corn fields and rough grassland. And along the Bels Lijntje, the former railway line to Tilburg, there is a whopper of a watchtower. At the top you are rewarded with a view of an open landscape with woolly dots in the distance, just like a sheep painting.
Copyright photos: Mie De Backer
Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.
The Stadsboerderij is a place where you can relive farm life. You can go there for a self-harvesting...
This farm is the ideal starting point for walks in the Vennengbied. It reaches the Zwart Water, the ...
A watchtower allows you to enjoy all the natural splendor that the Vennen area has. At the same time...
The impressive castle dates from the 12th century and has had many functions over the centuries. Ori...
The beguinage is a well-preserved place of tranquility in the city center. Cozy houses, cobblestones...
|2300, Turnhout, Flanders, Belgium||0.00 km|
|79 (2300, Turnhout, Flanders, Belgium)||1.92 km|
|80 (2300, Turnhout, Flanders, Belgium)||2.42 km|
|80 (2300, Turnhout, Flanders, Belgium)||2.44 km|
|Stadsboerderij (Stadsboerderij, 2300, Turnhout, Flanders, Belgium)||2.74 km|
|78 (2300, Turnhout, Flanders, Belgium)||3.46 km|
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