5 best national parks to visit in Belgium
June 13, 2022, 12:02 p.m.
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Located in Western Europe, Belgium is the ideal place for those who want to be in the middle of nature and the diverse environments of rich wetlands and dense forests.
There are many beautiful nature reserves and national parks in Belgium which make for the perfect holiday
Check out five of these must-see places in the country for nature lovers.
Hoge Kempen National Park
Located in the Limburg region of Belgium, Hoge Kempen National Park covers around 5,700 hectares of moorland and forest and spans different regions of Zutendaal, Dilsen-Stokkem, As, Genk and Lanaken.
Being one of the largest reserves in Flanders, it is home to more than 7,000 plant and animal species.
It is the ideal place for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.
Burdinale and Mehaigne National Park
Named after two streams Burdinale and Mehaigne, the Burdinale and Mehaigne National Park in Belgium covers an area of 11,000 hectares in Wallonia.
Some areas of the triangular-shaped park have been included in the European Natural 2000 list of extraordinary areas of biodiversity.
In 1981, a non-profit association was created to promote the Burdinale Valley and the national park was officially recognized in 1991.
Located on the Belgian-Dutch border of the North Sea coast, the Zwin nature reserve was created by Count Léon Lippens in 1952.
It covers an area of 150 hectares including 61 hectares in the Netherlands.
You can spot birds like white storks and ospreys during spring and fall migration.
It was declared a “Wetland of National Importance” in 1986.
High Fens – Eifel Nature Park
Spread over an area of 959 square miles, the Hautes Fagnes – Eifel Nature Park is a cross-border nature park with elements in the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Liège.
It was declared a nature reserve in 1957.
Covered in pine and spruce trees, you can find black grouse, wild boar, deer, lynx, wild cats and endangered martens here.
From Zoom-Kalmthoutse Heide
Located on the Belgian-Dutch border, De Zoom-Kalmthoutse Heide is a cross-border nature park that brings together two former parks, “De Zoom” in the Netherlands and “Kalmthoutse Heide” in Belgium.
These two parks together cover 37.50 square kilometers.
Mostly covered in moorland, the park is home to species such as smooth snakes, moorland frogs and viviparous reptiles, as well as butterfly species like Grayline and Clouded yellow.