The ancient Grotenhout woods have existed since 8,000 years before Christ. In that time the forest was an enclosed landscape with deciduous trees. During the era of the Romans the first deforestations began. They needed the wood to build their houses, for heating... and of course also for warfare. The forests were almost completely eliminated by further generations. And because the soil did not allow trees to grow quickly large heaths were created.
Centuries later, the Duke of Brabant, fortunately, had a lot of interest in the Grotenhout woods. He regularly came to stay for long periods in the castle of the dukes of Brabant and invited friends to come and hunt here. Thanks to this passion for hunting, the Grotenhout woods flourished. After the Peace of Munster the forest came into the hands of the Nassau's, including Amalia van Solms. Discover how this beautiful example of wooded nature has put Turnhout on the map.
The walk takes two hours.
How does it work?
Book a ‘Grotenhout woods’ walk at least three weeks in advance via Toerisme & UiT. With your reservation, indicate:
- the desired date
- the time of the visit
- the size of your group (maximum 25 people per guide)
- contact details
The cost per guide is 50 euros (for the third hour onwards it is 25 Euros extra per started hour). A one-off administration fee of 5 euros will also be charged.
Toerisme & UiT secures the guide(s) and provides you with a reservation confirmation for the visit. Afterwards you will receive an invoice for the payment of the guide and the administration fee. Then you and your group go to the designated starting point for the walk on the agreed day and time.
In case of cancellation, you must inform Toerisme & UiT in writing at least six calendar days in advance. In the case of late cancellations, you pay the total amount and no cancellation restitution is possible.