Here, in the east of Limburg, the Maas is in charge. The Maasland is the most popular cycling region of all regions in Flanders. No wonder, because the landscape around the Maas is very special and nice and flat. The picturesque Maas villages form pleasant resting places along the river.

Cycling, of course

With the Maas on your side you cycle for miles along endless banks. Enjoy the typical Maasland nature along the way with of course the accompanying views. Want to peep across the border? Jump on a ferry with your bicycle and before you know it you will be in the Netherlands. The Dutch cycle routes connect seamlessly with the Limburg cycle route network, which is ideal. On the Belgian side you step on the foot and bicycle ferry in Uikhoven, Ophoven and Rotem. You can also pedal part of the Maas bicycle route here. This is an international route that starts at the source in France and follows the course of the Maas to the mouth in the Netherlands.

Family with their bicycles on a ferry on the Maas

Hiking in the wild river nature

RivierPark Maasvallei offers walkers a lot of surprising flora and fauna along the banks of the Maas. Galloway cattle and Konik horses graze diligently and all kinds of waterfowl fly from puddle to puddle. In the summer you will come across blankets of flowers and herbs such as wild marjoram, thyme and laurel. These herbs are the main ingredient in Maasland's herbal salt. So be sure to stop by Kinrooi's regional product shop for some Maasland in your kitchen cabinet. Experienced walkers follow the long-distance hike over a stretch of 132 km.

Konik horses graze on the banks of the Meuse in Dilsen-Stokkem

Paradise for wateraddicts

The Maas is of course ideal for all kinds of water activities. The active person is spoiled for choice: kayaking, wakeboarding, sailing and so much more water sports. A quiet boat trip on the Maas is possible with the Paep from Meinecom III or take the helm yourself on a whisper boat or StilSloep. Those who own a pleasure boat can moor in two modern marinas. There is certainly no shortage of water fun.

Canoeing on the Maas in Dilsen-Stokkem

Magical Maas villages

The Maas seamlessly connects five ancient Maas villages that not only have the river but also a history in common. Each village also has its own walking area so that you can effortlessly combine nature and culture. The picturesque Oud-Rekem in the south is the most beautiful village in Limburg. In the heart of Leut is the castle Vilain XIIII with a vast landscape park. Stokkem is the place to be especially for bird watchers. You can even find kingfishers here. Historical Aldeneik is the source of many legends. The culture walk also takes you to Maaseik, a cultural pearl on the Maas. And finally in the north is the last village, Kessenich. Konik horses and Galloways graze here in complete freedom.

View over the water on the church towers of Maaseik