5 top campsites in Belgium

December, 13 2018

Belgium is a beautiful camping destination. Campsites amid extraordinary landscapes, as well as cliffs, waterfalls, caves and reservoirs are the ideal starting point for an active holiday. Hiking, cycling, mountain climbing and water sports. It’s all possible! Here is my list of the top five campsites in Belgium…

Campsite Hohenbusch (review score: 8,6)

This is a campsite in the German-speaking part of the Belgian Ardennes, close to both Germany and Luxembourg. This green, spacious terraced campsite is ideal if you want to have a truly international camping holiday! Hohenbusch has been owned by the Dutch Akkermans-Bruin family for more than forty years. These Dutch owners manage their child-friendly campsite with real commitment. But don’t worry – parents are well-catered for here as well. With a goat meadow, a modern swimming pool (renovated in 2017), professional entertainment team and multiple sports fields, there’s plenty to do.

Choose a stunning spot on one of the various different terraces at this mid-sized campsite. Some pitches even have a private bathroom. Are you visiting with children? Then the car-free field is a great choice. Don’t have your own tent or caravan? Then pick one of the various holiday homes, including mobile homes and apartments. These are suitable for between two and five people.

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The renovated pool complex of Campsite Hohenbusch

Campsite Spineuse Neufchâteau (review score: 7,9)

Spineuse Neufchâteau Campsite is located a fair bit south of Hohenbusch, in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes. Other foreign countries are nearby at this park-like three-star campsite, which is just twenty kilometres from the borders with Luxembourg and France. Spineuse Neufchâteau is located near several main roads, which explains why the campsite is also perfect as a stopover campsite. But staying here for longer is anything but a punishment. You can take a swim in the pool, play a game on the tennis court, or grab a bite to eat in the bistro.

You’ll camp at almost four hundred meters above sea level here. The camping pitches are on a beautiful piece of grassland. Hedges and trees provide plenty of shade and privacy. You’ll really feel at one with nature here. The river that runs alongside the campsite adds to the natural feel of the campsite. For real fun in the water, you can head to the nearby Lac de Neufchâteau. Here you can go fishing, but also swim, paddle boat and kayak.

Campsite de Chênefleur (review score: 7,9)

Well-organised, charming campsite about thirty kilometres south of Spineuse Neufchâteau. The undulating hills where this campsite is located is known as the Gaume. This is the French-speaking part of Belgian Lorraine. The Semois River, which flows gently alongside the campsite, is a perfect place for kids to play and splash around. They can also have fun in the campsite swimming pool. There’s no need to get bored on dry land either. An entertainment team is there to organise all sorts of activities. There are also lots of excursions outside the campsite, including canoe and mountain biking tours, and climbing trips.

De Chênefleur campsite is beautifully landscaped. The spacious pitches are divided into groups, and most are marked out. Of course, the pitches next to the river are the most sought after. As well as a few permanent holiday homes, including a fun family tent and various mobile homes, you could also choose to stay in more mobile accommodation. The wooden Mobihut can be placed on any pitch. This special cabin sleeps up to four people.

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Campsite de Chênefleur is located on the river the Semois

Bertrix Campsite (review score: 7,9)

This campsite too lies in the middle of the Belgian Ardennes, a mere twenty kilometres west of Spineuse Neufchâteau. As well as discovering all of the natural beauty of the area, you can go on a cultural tour. Perhaps to fascinating towns such as Bouillon (25 kilometres), or Bastogne (45 kilometres). There’s no getting bored at this beautifully situated four-star campsite either. Both young and old can enjoy the large heated swimming pool, or have fun in a recreational and survival forest, or enjoy the extensive entertainment and leisure programme.

You’ll be surrounded by nature at this terraced campsite. There are lots of trees which ensure plenty of shade and privacy for the pitches. And there’s a gigantic forest at the southern end of the campsite. If you don’t have your own camping vehicle, you could choose one of the holiday homes. How about a cosy wooden cabin or chalet, or a luxurious mobile home? The ‘Kabouter Plop’ (Plop the Gnome) family tent is great fun for families with young children.

Kompas Nieuwpoort Campsite (review score: 7,9)

You’ll find Nieuwpoort Kompas Campsite in a totally different part of Belgium, the flat coastal province of West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders). This large, full-amenity campsite is within cycling distance of the boulevard, the port and the beach of the coastal town of Nieuwpoort. If you choose to have your holiday at this campsite, you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of sunbathing on the sand. And a fresh dip in the sea is never far away either. The campsite itself boasts a leisure pool, children’s farm, tavern, several sports fields and an entertainment team. There’s something for the whole family here.

The campsite has about 350 touring pitches (approximately one third of all pitches) and more than six hundred fixed pitches (approximately two thirds of all pitches). The touring pitches are predominantly on the northern end of the campsite, next to a recreational lake. The fixed pitches are spread around the rest of the campsite. There’s a large range of holiday homes too: mobile homes, camping cabins, lodges, and safari tents. Something for everyone.

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Jeroen Timmermans
  • Author: Jeroen Timmermans
  • From Calais to Cannes, and from Nantes to Nancy: I have definitely done my fair share of exploring in France. With my parents and my brother, I spent weeks at the most beautiful campsites in a trailer tent. Then we travelled around the rest of Europe in a motorhome. Now I love cultural city breaks with my wife. And I particularly love funiculars and cable cars.


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