Herkenrode Abbey Site

In and around the old farmsteads of Herkenrode Abbey there is a great deal to see and do. Visit the visitors’ centre, or go on a walk or a bike trip to explore the magnificent countryside around the abbey. Bikes are available for hire.

Visitors’ centre

Discover the history of the abbey on a chronological tour through the fascinating history of 600 years of women at Herkenrode. Let the audio guide ‘The Abbess tells’ take you on a journey through the rich history of the women’s abbey.


  • Tuesday to Sunday: open van 10 am to 5 pm
  • Closed on Mondays and in January (except the Christmas holidays), on 1 January, 24, 25 and 31 December
  • July and August: also open on Mondays
  • Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time

Herb and inspiration garden

This contemporary herb garden measures 2 hectares. Come and visit to see how people from all ages and cultures have used, and still use, herbs. A unique place to relax...


  • 1 April to 31 October
  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • July and August: also open on Mondays
  • Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time

Clavis Concept Shop

Here you can both buy and experience all the children’s and young adults’ books from the Clavis Fund. Every weekend the children immerse themselves in reading, with fun and creative activities on a particular book.


  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm

The Quiet View - Hans Op de Beeck

‘The Quiet View’ is a permanent artwork of Hans Op de Beeck. A long corridor takes you to a quiet room. A place for meditation, fully in line with the idea of the Abbey Site. This artwork incidentally is located precisely on the spot where the old abbey church used to be.

Bee Hall

Bee-keeper volunteers tell you some interesting facts about bees. With a glass panelled box you can have an intimate look at the bees from close by. Discover everything about the life of bees, their uses and the equipment bee-keepers use to detect bee diseases and to artificially inseminate the bees.


  • Every Sunday from May to August: 2 pm to 5 pm


Belevingscentrum (incl. audio guide) + herb and inspiration garden


Belevingscentrum (incl. audio guide)



Herb and inspiration

Dogs allowed?

Dogs are allowed on the site, but on a leash. In the buildings and the herb and inspiration garden, however, dogs are not permitted (except from assistance dogs).

Wheelchair access?

The Herkenrode Abbey Site and the herb and inspiration garden are largely accessible for wheelchair users.

Accessibility and parking

By car

  • On the E313 (Antwerpen-Hasselt-Luik) take junction 27 (Herk De Stad).
  • Follow the N2 in the direction of Herk-de-Stad.
  • Turn right straight after Decathlon sport shop.
  • After that follow the signs to the Abbey Site car park.
  • Park near the entrance of the site on the spacious, free visitor’s car park. Parking along the lanes is forbidden. Close to the gatehouse there is parking space for people with disabilities with a valid parking card.

By public transport

Take bus 51 Heusden to the Herkenrode stop on Herkenrodedreef. From the bus stop it is approximately 1 kilometre’s walk to the Abbey Site.

By bike

The Herkenrode Abbey Site is located between junction 94 and 237 off the Limburg cycle route network. The visitor’s reception is a registered bike café. There is space for parking bikes.