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Kelmis Landschaft(c)Hahnbueck

A municipality with an unusual history

Hike through the forest and meadows and enjoy the beauty of the specific flora of Kelmis, discover traces of the old zinc mine building and boundary stones. In Kelmis, nature lovers and history enthusiasts learn about the curious history of the neutral territory of Moresnet and the development of the zinc industry with its impact on the countryside. To be seen at the museum Vieille Montagne and in the nature reserve.

The municipality of Kelmis

An incredible history

Already well known in the Roman era due to its zinc mine, Kelmis became the neutral territory of Moresnet after the defeat of Napoleon. This village is the origin of the zinc association “Vieille Montagne”. The museum provides an account of the history of the neutral territory of Moresnet and the zinc industry. The central feature of the entire exhibition is zinc ore, its use and its impact on the environment.

Since the merging of the municipalities, the municipality of Kelmis has been composed of the villages Kelmis, Hergenrath and Neu-Moresnet. The history of Neu-Moresnet is linked to the history of Kelmis by the zinc industry, whilst Hegenrath is home to the castle “Eyneburg” and the old lime kiln. Walkers can explore this northernmost municipality of East Belgium on beautiful hiking tours through woodland and meadows. This varied and hilly landscape, in which traces of bygone days can be found, is very popular.

A variety of themed hiking tours are offered, departing from the “Casinoweiher”, opposite the new museum. From May to September, calamine flora blooms in all its splendour on the heaps. The carnival in Kelmis is very well known. On the Monday before Lent (“Rosenmontag”), thousands of tourists flock here to see the carnival procession of the municipality.

Families will be in for a wonderful treat: three large playgrounds, an indoor swimming pool, an educational farm, a lookout tower and the giant maze near the point at which the borders of three countries converge. And all these features are in the immediate vicinity of the hiking trails.

The Park Hotel was completely refurbished in April 2017.

Further information:

Kirchplatz 2a
4720 Kelmis
+32 87 63 98 43

Opening hours:
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9 am to 12 am.
In July and August, it is also open on Sundays from 9 am to 12 am.


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