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Wilderness in Merksplas Colony

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4.8 km • Merksplas

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Kapelstraat 10, 2330 Merksplas

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Candle straight avenues and monumental buildings dominate the landscape in Merksplas-Kolonie. Vagrants used to live here, who were compulsorily sent to the Colony. Because they were poor, begged or caused a nuisance. They worked and lived there together. In 1993, this system came to an end.

Vagrants are no longer in the Colony. Their story, however, is still etched into the landscape. Merksplas-Kolonie is now an important heritage site with protected monuments in a protected landscape.

Discover it for yourself and visit this special place! First meet the Kolonie 5-7 visitor center in the former pigsty of the Grote Hoeve. Then continue your tour through the landscape; by bike or on foot. If you like to be pampered culinarily, this is also the right place to be.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022 by G.W.A beautiful route. Nice to know also the history of the colony. We walked this walk on a Monday morning, wonderfully quiet.
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Thursday, April 1, 2021 by Karin van de VenA walk with avenues, piece of forest and water. Varied and something different than just woods. Once everything is open you can complete the walk with a visit to the prison museum and settle down on a terrace with a cool drink. In the summer I also think it would be a nice walk because a large part you walk under the trees.
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