Bites and boots in Limburg: 7 restaurants for hikers
Going for a walk and stopping for coffee and a piece of vlaai or a bite to eat is a popular pastime in Limburg, especially on Sundays. Not surprising when there’s such breathtaking scenery and so many well-marked trails and fine restaurants all across the province. Looking for an inspiring path or a good place to set off on your hike? These 7 restaurants welcome walkers and are ideal starting points.
Restaurant Bij Christoffel in Broekhuizen
Delight on the Maas
Located on the edge of Maasduinen National Park and near the river Maas, Bij Christoffel welcomes walkers eager for coffee and vlaai, lunch or a sumptuous dinner. Start your walk by taking the ferry across the Maas, especially if you’re heading for the Maas dunes or the idyllic village of Arcen.
Restaurant Croonenborgh in Kronenberg
The hiker-friendly restaurant Croonenborgh has three routes ready and waiting for you after your lunch or snack. Savour the scenic beauty and tranquillity of the unspoilt countryside in and around the village of Kronenberg. The routes will take you across heathland and peat moor and through meadows and woods. Explore Schatberg nature reserve and the Beggar’s Path and discover traces of the Second World War.
Restaurant Huyskamer Daatjeshoeve in Nederweert
From walker’s pub to home-style restaurant
Waltje and Daatje Gruythuysen’s farm had long been a haven for thirsty walkers when Pieter van ‘t Zand and Heske Hofstede transformed it into a home-style restaurant. It’s the perfect place from which to explore splendid Weerter Woods, part of a park that straddles Limburg and its neighbouring province of Noord-Brabant. You’ll be set to go after coffee and a delicious slice of local vlaai, and your hosts at Daatjeshoeve will even supply a handy map for inspiration.
Koffiehuis & brasserie Het IJzeren Bos in Susteren
Narrowest Point of the Netherlands
The setting alone, a Swiss cottage, will have you eager to set off on your walk straightaway. But enjoy a steaming cup of coffee first, and maybe a bite to sustain you on your hike. Then ask for a walking map and explore IJzeren Bos nature reserve, located in the Narrowest Point of the Netherlands. The landscape alternates between woods, meadows and farmland and is home to some unusual inhabitants, including the European tree frog.
De Bernardushoeve in Voerendaal
Unparalleled views across the hills
The views from restaurant De Bernardushoeve are gorgeous and an enticing taste of what awaits you on your hike. This is an ideal spot for a break or to start or finish your walk – a feast for the eyes and the tongue! What’s more, you can literally walk in any direction from Bernardushoeve, with 360o of stunning scenery and well-marked paths. But note that walking in the Downs is a bit more challenging than elsewhere in Limburg. Be sure to visit Bernardushoeve’s year-round ice-cream parlour and have a sundae with freshly made artisanal ice cream.
Boscafé ’t Hijgend Hert in Vijlen
‘t Hijgend Hert is buried deep in the woods, far away from the civilised world. It’s a little hamlet onto itself, with outdoor seating, farm animals and a charming restaurant. Warm yourself by the fireplace in winter and cool off under the trees in summer. There are trails in Vijlener Woods for every level of ability, from gentle circular walks to challenging hikes with steep climbs. Pick a trail that takes you to the edge of the woods and you’ll be rewarded with stupendous views of the Downs.
Landgoed Heerdeberg in Cadier en Keer
A taste of nature
Limestone outcrops, caves, rolling hills and a spectacular view of Maastricht – all this is yours when you visit Landgoed Heerdeberg. A hike in these surroundings is a feast for the eyes and the restaurant is a popular with walkers. The estate has its own cattle, sheep and pigs as well as a vegetable and herb garden. This is self-sustaining, farm-to-table dining. Your tongue will taste the difference, before, during or after your walk.