Zonhoven, heart of the Wijers
43.39 km (Approximately 02:33 u)
The western part of Zonhoven is a patchwork of countless ponds and streams. Here you are literally in the heart of De Wijers, the largest continuous pond area in Flanders where unique bird and plant species live. On the lookout tower, in the middle of De Wijers, you get a fantastic view of this nature reserve. A little further on you can take a look behind the scenes of one of the fish farms that are rightly regarded as the architects of De Wijers.
But De Wijers in Zonhoven includes more than just ponds. During the summer months, the nature reserve'de Teut\\\', with its crystal-clear fens, seems to have been ripped out of a Provençal painting because of the flowering heather. Discover the traces of the first Zonhoven visitors here: prehistoric hunters and farmers. Zonhoven also has fun events to offer, such as the Zondagsmarkt and the Superprestige Cyclocross. More information will be provided to you in the Tourism Department in the Uitpunt.
|# ||Description ||Distance |
| ||Toerisme Zonhoven (Heuvenstraat, 3520, Zonhoven, Flanders, Belgium) ||0.00 km |
|305 (3520, Zonhoven, Flanders, Belgium) ||1.71 km |
|300 (Kolverenstraat, 3520, Zonhoven, Flanders, Belgium) ||2.76 km |
|301 (3520, Zonhoven, Flanders, Belgium) ||4.49 km |
| ||Uitkijktoren de Wijers (Uitkijktoren Wijers Zonhoven, 3520, Zonhoven, Flanders, Belgium) ||6.97 km |
|93 (Goorstraat, 3511, Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium) ||10.89 km |
Zonhoven, heart of De Wijers. Be surprised by De Wijers, the land of 1001 ponds. You will discover rare animal species such as the tree frog and the bittern between the swaying reeds. Explore the ponds and enjoy this paradise for nature lovers. Climb the 15 meter high observation tower and enjoy a breathtaking view of the pond area.
Uitkijktoren de Wijers
Uitkijktoren Wijers Zonhoven 105 (parking)
The first ponds were built as early as the 13th century by order of the nuns of the abbey of Herckenrode. The current complex of hundreds of contiguous ponds was only created after the Zonhoven fish farmers made their living from it since 1865. In this way it became a nursery and safe haven for many rare animals and plants. Wijer is the local name for a pond on which fish are grown. From the 15 m high watchtower you get a beautiful view of this vast meadow landscape.
The Holsteen is the collective name for eight large, prehistoric sandstones in the Belgian municipality of Zonhoven. The sandstones have jagged holes and the most northern stone is also provided with grooves and a polishing surface. The latter stone is the only fixed prehistoric polishing stone in Flanders. The site has been protected as a landscape heritage since 1967.