Discover the many charms of Hamont-Achel. A city with an historical past that is surrounded on all sides by beautiful nature, to be explored via its hundreds of kilometres of cycling and hiking trails.
The area around the Achelse Kluis has a long religious tradition. There was a chapel as early as 1656 and in 1686 Peter van Eijnatten from Eindhoven founded a community of hermits there. In 1846 the Westmalle monks founded the Saint Benedictine Abbey. Achelse Kluis website>
The church in the city centre of Achel was built in Gothic style during the 15th century. In the early 1900s a tower standing 42 metres high was added to the church, along with its own set of church bells.
The spacious farmlands, wide open spaces, auromatic pine forests and surprising historic landmarks of Hamont-Achel make it an ideal destination for hikers and cyclists.
Hamont-Achel is located centrally in the cycling route network of the Kempen area of Brabant and Limburg. The 450 kilometres of cycling trails will lead you to the most astonishing monuments and nature of the region. There are also a great many marked and connected hiking trails.
The Warmbeek valley or green lung between Achel en Hamont is still home to various monuments that attest to the historic past of the city: burial mounds from the Bronze and Iron Ages, the mysterious Tomp, the Achelse Kluis trappist abbey, de Earl's steward residence…
With its abundance of green the area exudes peacefulness and hospitality, ideal for long walks or cycling trips, or for tasting our trappist beers and home-made cheese.
Discover this boundaryless charm on foot, by bycicle or by car or coach, either on your own or with a guide.
Hamont-Achel is a largely wooded municipality in the most northern tip of the province of Limburg, in the Kempen in Belgium. Its inhabitants number over 14,000, of whom 3,485 are of Dutch nationality. Hamont-Achel was created in 1977 by the merger of the Hamont and Achel municipalities. The new municipality regained its former city status and city rights in 1985, which included a flag and a coat of arms. The municipality is part of the electoral canton and cantonal court of Neerpelt.