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  • Vredehof - Kessel (Nijlen)
    Vredehof - Kessel (Nijlen)
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Nijlen Things to Do

  • by Maeve_81 Updated Apr 16, 2005

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    The 'Vredehof' in the nearby town Kessel is a garden with over 200.000 flowers. It's the garden of a man in his seventies in loving memory of his belated wife. Romance...

    Just magnificent !!!
    The walk trough the flowers is 1 km long, but there are plenty of benches to sit.

    It's opened from the 21th of march till the 2th of may, from 10 am till 6 pm. The entrance is free.

    Directions :

    * by car from Antwerp
    Take the E313 Antwerp-Liege, exit the highway in Massenhoven.
    Turn left in the direction of Lier. After a few km enter the town of Emblem on your left. Follow the direction to Kessel. The street on your right right in front of the railway is the Torenvenstraat.

    * by train
    Take the train and stop in the station of Kessel. Leave the perron, pass the crossroad and turn left, that's the Torenvenstraat.

    Vredehof - Kessel (Nijlen)
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Budget Travel

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  • by Maeve_81 Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    This hill became a pelgrimage after an ill sheperd drank of the watersource and healed instantly. You'll find a chapel there and five holes to symbolize the wounds of Christ. You'll see ribbons bound to the monuments, people believe that this will help you find a good husband or wife.

    In the morning of Good Friday, Christians portray the Stations of the Cross.
    Afterwards there's a market.

    Kruiskesberg is also a great place to walk, go bird-watching (it's a bird sanctuary) and enjoy the typical Flemish moore landscape.

    Kruiskensberg - Nijlen
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    • Birdwatching
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  • by Maeve_81 Written Mar 24, 2004

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    This nature reserve of 43 ha is a magnificent walking area.
    As a part of the 'Kempen', the Kesselse Heide is a variety of heath, moor, fen, ...

    Directions :

    * by car from Antwerp
    Take the E313 Antwerp-Liege, exit the highway in Massenhoven.
    Turn left in the direction of Lier. After a few km enter the town of Emblem on your left. Follow the direction to Kessel. The street on your left right in front of the railway is the Lindekensbaan, drive for a kilometer and you'll see the Kesselse Heide on your left.

    * by train
    Take the train and stop in the station of Kessel. Leave the perron, pass the crossroad and turn right. After a kilometer you'll see the Kesselse Heide on your left.

    Kesselse Heide
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    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

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Nijlen Restaurants

  • by Maeve_81 Written Apr 12, 2004

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    A must-go!
    Located next to the river Nete, surrounded by green, 't Schipke aan de Nete is an excellent restaurant who serves french cuisine.

    't Schipke aan de Nete
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  • by Maeve_81 Written Apr 12, 2004

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    In the middle of the nowhere... but very, very popular during summer.
    It would be hard to find yourself a seat outside in the sun, as 'Den Slappe Uier' is packed with cyclers.
    It's an ideal place to bring your children.

    Favorite Dish: Try the ice-cream and pancakes !

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  • by Maeve_81 Written Mar 24, 2004

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    Every hour there's a train to Antwerp, that also stops in Lier. You can also take the bus to Lier, there's one every hour.

    Website :
    Train - NMBS
    Bus - De Lijn

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