As played a particularly significant role in the history of mining in Limburg. This was where André Dumont discovered the very first coal deposits, but the local council at the time was not in favour of a coal mine. You will find no mine shafts or underground passages here, but you can see clear signs of mining history.
In a small station
For years, As station played an important role in the coal extraction. This was the departure point for miners heading to the collieries at Eisden, Waterschei, and Winterslag, where the mined coal was transported over the coal track. Today one of the old train carriages accommodates a visitor center and you will discover 'The Yard' a graffiti art project on a few train units.
An elevated view
Nearby is a 31-metre high viewing tower. The tower is an exact replica of the drilling tower from which André Dumont discovered coal. Once at the top you have a great view of the station site and the surrounding landscape of the Hoge Kempen National Park.
Gateway Station As
As well as walking and cycling, you can climb a 31 metre viewing tower here too. In the visitors’ reception, laid out like an authentic train carriage, you will find all the information you need about the Hoge Kempen National Park and As.
Between the months of April and September you can come and take a ride with the miniature train on Sundays. There are 3 rides each time at 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm.
Tickets must be paid for on the spot at the stop of the mini-train, watchtower Station As. Reservations can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTENTION: In case of bad weather conditions the ride can be cancelled.
More information and timetable: www.stationas.be.
Bike rental As Station
Tip: Let yourself be tempted by the "cycling through the heathland" experience, where you cycle right through the National Park. Thanks to the panorama bridge, you can fully enjoy cycling "across" the heathland. Ash will undoubtedly surprise you!
Book your rental bike online at www.fietsparadijslimburg.be
On the day of your excursion, the bicycle will be ready and waiting for you at As Station.
Rental period 2023
From April 3 to September 28:
● Mon - Sun: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
● No bike rental on public holidays
● No bike rental on 3/05, 10/05, 19/05, 21/06, 10/07, 14/08, 8/09 and 13/09.
● City bikes with or without child seat
● Children's bikes
● Electric bikes
● Cycling bags
Collecting a bike
● You can pick up the bicycle keys at the visitors' center of the Tourism Office Axis.
Returning a bike
April to June and September
● Non-electric bikes: possible after closing time until 7 p.m.
● Electric bikes: possible after closing time until 7 p.m.
July and August
● Non-electric bikes: possible after closing time until 9 p.m.
● Electric bikes: possible after closing time until 9 p.m.
Free parking within walking distance:
● Station As
● Leisure campus As: Schuttenbergstraat 2
Small post in the Driebanken forest
Graffiti artwork ‘The Yard’
The artists are a mix of Belgian and Dutch top graffiti artists. They are both crews and individual artists, so each piece of the train was entrusted to a different artist or crew.
Visit this amazing, colourful art project at the station site!