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Welcome to the Roosendael estate

Roosendael is a youth accommodation center in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, 5 km north of Mechelen, on the boundary of Walem. This estate along the river 'Grote Nete' - a former abbey and later a castle - covers approximately 17 hectares and has been designated as a nature reserve on the Regional Plan.


Since 1967 it is also a protected landscape. All this becomes even more beautiful thanks to the presence of various protected monuments: the so-called Plague House (16th century), the Gatehouse and the Coach House (18th century), the Ice Cellar (presumably 19th century). Most historic buildings have been recently restored. You can learn more about the history of Roosendael here.

The age-old interplay of nature, landscape design and architecture makes Roosendael a fascinating experience today. This certainly also applies to the 19th-century landscape park with its impressive trees, soon 160 years old, including the two thickest plane trees in Belgium.


In the picture

A photoshoot at our historic gate, ancient greenhouse or monumental sycamore tree? That's possible!  
If you wish to use the estate for other purposes, you can find more information here

Fill out the form under 'in the picture'.

Cafe Roosendael

Our café terrace with a view of the park is the ideal stopping point after a cycling or walking tour. 

Opening hours:
Monday and Tuesday closed
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Discover the area

Every nature lover can enjoy the beautiful surroundings here to their heart's content. By bike or on foot along the water or a trip to bustling Mechelen or Lier? Here you will find inspiration for a nicely filled program during your stay.

Our history
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Fly over the estate
Open every day, sometimes closed

Lindedreef and the canal walkway are accessible from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. The domain within the ring canal is closed to some groups. To make sure you can also walk within the ring canal, please contact us by phone or email: 015 29 41 30 or

Een groen domein met een groene sleutel

Al meer dan 10 jaar engageren we ons om duurzaam om te gaan met de natuur en energie in het algemeen.  Het certificaat van de groene sleutel kunnen we hierdoor met trots op onze gevels vijzen.   Al onze gasten worden ook ondergedompeld in onze normen en waarden en vragen we om deze maatregelen ook toe te passen.

“Quiet place to stay. Cosy cafe with artisanal beers. Ideal starting point for hiking in nature. Also ideal to stop by bike.”

“Also has a quiet nature campsite with a friendly welcome on a historic estate. Spacious camping area only available for tents, places of your choice. Sanitary facilities are perfectly fine. Recommended for the peace and the environment!”

“Beautiful estate, the weekend with our mixed group of adults and children was a great experience!”

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