Just an hour’s east of Brussels and you’re in a different world it seems.
This weekend the fabulous Castle of Hex (old Flemish for witch) opens its doors the garden, fruit and vegetable enthusiasts. Twice a year they organise a ‘Rare plants’ fair. You have free access (apart from the 8€ entrance fee of course) to the grounds, fantastic vegetable plot and famous rose gardens. The castle is still in private hands and has close ties to the Belgian Royal family, so watch out not to bump into Prince Laurent!
If you like your plants moccha color but not cappuccino, then this is the place for you. Discerning plant lovers from all over Europe flock to this quite small-scale fair for the best of the best.
We like it a lot too because of the incredible amount of varieties of fruits (especially apples and pears) you can get. Don’t forget your quinces or your seeds for next year!
Kasteel van Hex
How to reach Hex
Hex is situated in the village of Heks in the commune of Heers, in the south of the Belgian province of Limbourg, half-way between Liège and Maastricht (in the triangle Tongeren, Borgloon, Oreye) and is accessible via:
1. Highway E40, Brussels-Liège/Luik, exit 29 (Waremme/Tongres), direction Tongres/Tongeren; Heks is indicated on the old Roman way from Oreye to Tongeren.
2. Highway E313, Antwerp-Liège/Luik, exit 29 (Hasselt Oost/Kortessem) direction Tongeren, at Kortessem follow Borgloon, at Borgloon direction Heers; on the road to Heers, Heks is indicated.