Discover a green historic town
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.
Cycling and hiking next to pristine nature
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…
Green richness and serene hospitality
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.
About the municipality
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 Pelt.
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.
Hamont-Achel: thuisbasis van teuten
Als je om je heen kijkt in het gebied De Groote Heide kom je geregeld verwijzingen naar de teuten tegen. Teuten waren handelaars of ambachtsmannen die vanaf de zeventiende eeuw rondreisden om hun waren en diensten aan de man te brengen. Veel van deze teuten waren afkomstig uit plaatsen in Noord-Brabant en Noord-Limburg, waaronder ook het Belgische Hamont en Achel.
Foto: het voormalige teutenhuis in HamontLees meer over de teuten