Spring is definitely in the country!

With the return of fine weather, I warmly recommend to take your kids out in the open air on long walks. Walking is a fantastic activity for you and your children. The kids can be free, spontaneous, and it’s a great way to spend quality time together.

Last year, we visited the Harzé Castle (Château de Harzé) which is a castle in the village of Harzé in the province of Liège, Belgium. The origins of this castle date back all the way to the 5th century AD, and was used in WWII as US head quarters.

Have your walking shoes ready and pack yourself a pick-nick! You will want to burn off some calories before returning to the castle for a delicious meal in the restaurant.

Our favorite walk near Castle Harzé

We set out walking between the groves and the beech forest of Saint-Roch. Here we discovered an authentically beautiful landscape that borders on the Belgian Ardennes. We walked a good nine kilometers in just under three hours, as the children love to stop and look at things as they roam freely through nature.

Harzé Castle offers maps with many different walks in the wooded area. We choose to set off along the main road first –promoting awareness about road safety with my littles. Then we followed the blue trail on our map which took us along a root spotted with many quaint little chapels – and more existential questions from the kids. The area is notoriously hilly, which proved a challenge at time with the baby buggy.

The last few kilometers, we left the blue trail to take a short cut back to the castle. This was a wonderful decision as it took us through a quieter part of the forest where we spotted some game and beautiful birds.

Walking in nature keeps you and your kids healthy in mind as well as body, helping to boost your mood and self-esteem.

— Harzé Castle, Belgium (July 2016)

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