The AdventuresLikeYou team was very ready for a fun weekend in Hoog Vaals, a beautiful Landal park close to the point where the three borders of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany meet. A friendly staff member gave us a warm welcome and handed us the keys to our temporary home. Everything was welcoming us: the beds had been made and the towels lay ready. A glass of wine, delicious fondue and a locally baked apricot pie: our weekend away was off to a great start!
(Tip: try out the ‘welcome pack’, filled to the gills with local specialties!)
After a filling breakfast in our home, we got in the car and 15 minutes later, we were in the center of Aachen, a cosy town in Germany. A stroll around left us with a smitten with this beautiful town with a charming city hall, adorable shops, an authentic farmer’s market and passionate street musicians. Especially the farmer’s market is great: watch the handy merchants sell and wrap their goods, see an asparagus peeling machine in action and be swept away by the buzzing atmosphere. Lunch was served at Café Liège, with its colourful tables in the sun with a stunning view over the Fish Market and the Dom. The owners makes bagels that are to die for and has a great choice in organic drinks. Be sure to have a look inside the Dom and gaze at its splendor! After this little city trip, we were ready for some adventure. We drove to the Three Country Point and went for a walk in the woods and got lost in the Three Country Point labyrinth. Back home, we took some time to explore the Hoog Vaals Landal Park. The stunning landscapes around the lake blew us away. We spent the rest of the afternoon with drinks and food on our terrace and cooked another delicious meal. What a day!
We kickstarted the day with 40 minutes of jogging which was a good way to visit the whole park, golf area and surroundings. A nice couple is passing by us during breakfast for the 3th time already. Two ducks, nice fellas 🙂
Hiking shoes on and let’s go for a hike! We did a splendid tour for 4 hours with woods, land borders, valleys, viewpoints, meadows and lots of variation. We had a picnic in the grass with a breathtaking view over the valleys and cozy towns below.
(Tip: ‘Het Hijgend Hert’ is great for a refreshing drink in the middle of the forest. The kids can enjoy a playing yard and play with the pigs and peacock while you savour your local beer)
Back in our house we deserved to relax and played a board game with a glass of wine in the sun. Life is good! We went to the swimming pool, but when we saw the indoor playground our 30 year old mind said, ‘I want THIS‘. Screwed up our brain from 10 to 0 and we played like we were 10 years old! 😀
While finishing the weekend with some pizza’s (with wine again) in the sun, we realized we had a blast of a weekend. Sooner or late (with kids?) they will see us again! Thanks for having us Landal!