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Ksu olathe horticulture centre

Address

Visitor center hour

Open

Tuesday – Saturday: 09:00 to 18:00 (last entry 17:00)

Sunday: 12:00 to 18:00

Admission

Visitor's day pass 3EUR

Three-day general pass 5EUR

Pets are permitted

An introduction in and around the Hommelbos forest

Horticulture schools and demonstrations

Natural history and animals on show

There are two ways to enter the Hommelbos: You can start in the entrance to the Hommelbos and follow the trail leading down the mountain to the Valley of Frysum. Or you can drive directly through the forest to the Kanspreekbos-terrace, from where you can also start hiking or cycling through the forest.

The trails in the Hommelbos are mostly hilly and steep, and therefore fairly strenuous. It is therefore a good idea to make sure that you have plenty of energy before visiting the Hommelbos.

It is possible to visit the Kanspreekbos-terrace via bike. A cycling tour from the Hommelbos Visitor Center can last approximately 1½ hours. The trail is mainly flat and extends along the beautiful Kanspreek River. The Kanspreekbos-terrace is situated at an altitude of 460m above sea level. At the end of the road lies a historic water mill and Kanspreekbos Station, the train station of the narrow gauge railway that was built in the mid-19th century to connect Tienen with the eastern part of Belgium. From here you can follow the Kanspreek River through the forest to the Antwerp-Denderkring railway and return to your starting point. This cycle route is closed to motorised vehicles, so you will need to take public transport. Public transport buses to the Kanspreekbos are available from Staden and Nederstemmen.

Accommodation and camping are available in the Hommelbos. In the summer months the overnight stay is recommended. If you arrive at night, a ranger will help you pitch a tent. The maximum stay is three nights. You need to be present in the park during these three nights. At night it is strongly recommended that you camp near the open areas of the Hommelbos.

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Trees and plants in the Hommelbos

The most remarkable species of trees and plants in the Hommelbos are conifers and heather. Among the conifers you can see evergreens such as pine, spruce, larch and fir. The spruce is the dominant tree species, followed by fir and pines.

Then there are several heather species, among them dwarf shrubs such as hornbeam and lancewood. The remains of the forest around the Hommelbos show that at the end of the Ice Age around 9000 years ago the Hommelbos was covered in birch forests. This forest had expanded around the valley of the River Dender as a result of the melting of the ice.

Hiking in the Hommelbos

Two famous hiking trails lead through the Hommelbos. Both trails leave from the Valley of Frysum and take you through the forest on to the Kanspreekbos-terrace.

One of the hiking trails leads to the Hommelbos Viewpoint. This is the highest viewpoint of the Hommelbos, a little over 1000m above sea level. From this point it is possible to enjoy wonderful views over the valley of the River Dender and also over the ancient forest of the Hommelbos.

A two-hour hike to the Hommelbos Viewpoint leads from the Valley of Frysum. You first follow the Kanspreek-road towards the Hommelbos Viewpoint, then you follow the Kanspreek River over a gravel road that leads to the viewpoint. The trail continues over the Hommelbos Faimonde between the trees to the viewpoint. On the way to the viewpoint you will notice the ruins of the ancient iron works in the Hommelbos.

On the other side of the Hommelbos you will reach the Kanspreekbos-terrace, a small hillside with a beautiful view over the Hommelbos. It is a sign of good fortune to climb this hillside while the sun is setting. Here you can enjoy the most beautiful sunset of the year, or you can watch the most spectacular sunsets of the year from the 360° view terrace of the Sun-villa.

A one-hour hike from the valley of the Kanspreek River to the Kanspreekbos-terrace follows a dirt road that runs through the forest of the Hommelbos. During the summer months you will encounter holly bushes and in late autumn this trail is also covered with beautiful red berries. There are a number of waterfalls along this trail and occasionally you will also find some wild animals such as deer.

On top of the Kanspreekbos-terrace you can enjoy fine views over the Hommelbos. For all those who enjoy climbing trees, there is a rope ladders on the Kanspreekbos-terrace where you can climb up the view tower. Here you can view the two waterfalls at the bottom of the view tower and the waterfall hidden behind the trees in the Kanspreekbos.

At the beginning of the last century it was decided to build a stone building on the Kanspreekbos-terrace, thereby covering part of the traditional trails. This stone building, the Kanspreekbos-house, now serves as an information center. There are several restaurants and cafés and a shop here, where you can buy hiking maps, rucksacks, water filters, first-aid kits and drinking water.

The route to the River Dender

The second famous hiking trail leads from the Hommelbos and follows the road towards the Dender. You start following the road and a little after a kilometre you reach the first of the 12 waterfalls in the valley


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