Hiking and cycling
Would you like to experience the countryside outside Hoffenterhof? There are lots of things to do in the neighborhood. The area is perfect for cycling through the flat or very lightly undulating landscape on beautiful rural roads between fields and farms. HoffenterHof is on a bicycle nodes-network that provides hundreds of kilometres of marked routes. The nodes network is international: it seamlessly crosses the border to Belgium. So a bike ride to a foreign country is a piece of cake. Enjoy the small differences of another country that you will notice just across the border.
A walking / hiking route network – also with nodes- starts virtually right on the doorstep. This provides easy routes through the countryside and freedom in determining how long or short you want to walk. A map is available at HoffenterHof. Do you prefer to hike in a nature reserve? Nature areas GrensPark Kempenbroek , De Krang, Tungelerwallen, and Leudal, are all within easy reach.
Activities in the neighborhood
Looking for other activities: within walking distance there is the Hobby shed (Hobbyschuurtje). An activity center on a farm with “farmers golf”, GPS tours, cow cuddling, farmers High Tea and a host of other activities.
The excellent 9-hole Golf course Land van Thorn is at 3 km in Hunsel (top 10 9-hole golf courses in The Netherlands!).
In Weert (about 15 minutes) you can find Nature and environmental centre De IJzeren Man (the Iron Man) : a fascinating educational center, where you can admire nature not only outside, but also inside. And it is allowed to touch!
Also at De IJzeren Man: the best swimming pool of Limburg, a water ski course and a climbing forest. You can go walking in the woods and watch squirrels.
In Maaseik (B) you find Aquadroom, a beautiful swimming paradise.
For a day at the beach, go to Fun Beach in Panheel: swimming in natural water and lots of other water activities at the Acquapark. Including a sand beach and sun meadow (at 10 km).
Is the weather not good enough to play outside? There are a number of indoor playgrounds in the area: Alles Kids, in Kessenich (B) at 10 minutes drive, Kinderpretland : a great big indoor ánd outdoor playground at the Iron Man in Weert (15 minutes).
Sightseeing and shopping
Do you prefer to explore towns? The little white town of Thorn is wonderful to see, like the Belgium Maaseik. Both are within cycling distance. The historic cities of Roermond, Maastricht or Hasselt (B) are well known, and all at a short distance (15 – 30 minutes by car). Enjoy the lively terraces and nice shops. Would you like to do some more shopping? Then Design Outlet Center Roermond is definitely recommended.
Culinary and Burgundian Limburg
Limburgians are true Burgundians, it is well-known that they love the good life and good food. That is why there are no less than 11 restaurants with Michelin stars. But not a lot of people know that Central Limburg is also called “the garden of Limburg”. Of course there is plenty of “white gold”: the white asparagus where this area is known for. You can get them fresh from the farmer. The asparagus season lasts until about 24 June. And did you know that there are also vinyards in Central Limburg? Wijngoed Thorn (wine-growing estate Thorn) is situated some 8 km away. Try their recently awarded white wine. And let’s not forget the “limburgse vlaai” (local fruit pie available at most bakeries and coffe/teashops, but especially at Bakery Thijs Koolen in Ell, already 5 x “the best Baker of Netherlands”). Or the local goat cheese from Stramproy that is made and sold at a few kilometers. Looking for something completely different? Explore forgotten vegetables in Beesel, just behind Roermond. There you find the “Historische Groentenhof” (Historical vegetable garden). You can not only look and taste, but there is also the possibility to cook with those ancient gems!