Herkenrode Abbey Site
Do you like unique combinations of old and new? Then the Herkenrode Abbey Site will amaze you. The centuries-old buildings, some of which date back to the 12th century, have been restored and repurposed in recent years with respect for the past. Although the Cistercian women have disappeared, you can still feel the grandeur of this monastic order in the air. You’ll learn all about the rich past of the women’s abbey in the Experience Centre in the stables and coach house.
Herb and Inspiration Garden
The Herb and Inspiration Garden, on the other hand, opts for a contemporary design. So don’t expect an abbey garden or even a reproduction of one; instead, it’s a modern garden with a unique architecture. Here, you’ll learn how people of all cultures and all eras have used herbs.
The Quiet View - Hans Op De Beeck
You’ll find The Quiet View, a permanent work of art by Hans Op de Beeck, on the vast domain as well. This piece serves as a quiet place for meditation. By the way, The Quiet View is located exactly where the abbey church used to be.
The abbey site is also the ideal starting point for hikes and cycling tours. To make things even easier, you can even rent bicycles here. Visit the website to discover all the attractions on and around the abbey site.