Dessel, the nearest village on Belgian side
To reach Postel from the South, the easiest way is first to focus on the map to the little village of Dessel. From here one will be able to drive to Postel through the forests of the border-area. Dessel itself is a small village in the "Kempen" (name of these surroundings) and has little fame in itself. The large church and the cityhall are the most significant buildings, both to be seen with a quick stop on the central square.
The hidden castle in the forest
The Postel abbey is surrounded by the border forests that stretch out over a vast terrain on the border between Belgium and The Netherlands. Across the street at the abbey many walking routes start through the forests. There is also - hidden between the trees - a castle. Sadly enough it cannot be visited and it is taken out of sight completely. It is still inhabited by a family that obviously are taking their privacy very seriously.
Try to guess which saint is which
All the buildings of the abbey are baring small statues of their patriot saints. Therefor there is only in this already a lot to see in the abbey. Can you guess all saints right? Often they carry a specific sign that makes clear who is who.
This one (see picture) is quite easy as it is of course Saint Joseph (my favourite since I am the father of Ilja). With his staff and the way he leads the way for his son Jezus, he is the patriot saint of all fathers.
The herbs garden of the abbey
One of the items that show that the abbey is quite self sufficient is the herbs garden in the corner of the terrain. Here small signs tell you about the herbs and spices that are grown. One of the famous products of Postel abbey is the Ginseng, grown here in this gardens and sold to the public in the abbey shop.
have a prayer in the woods
Just outside the abbeygrounds in the woods is this little praying chapel. Thought it made a nice picture. We didn´t pray here, nor did we see someone pray here.
- Hiking and Walking
- Religious Travel