De Luysen - Sint-Maartensheide, Bree

Limburg  >  Belgium

Nature reserve ‘Mariahof - De Luysen’ is a 40 ha pond area, ‘St-Maartensheide’ is an open landscape with scattered trees and bushes.

Added* by Greet Sienap
Most recent update 26 February 2020


The pond area is a paradise for birds. There are three birdwatching hides. The Abeek is a beautiful stream valley. It is an area with forests, swamps and meadows. A lot of special animals and plants are present here. In ‘St-Maartensheide’, you can spot rare birds.



Parking lot at the end of the Mariahofstraat in Bree at the visitors centre.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Lake , Grassland , Scattered trees and bushes , River , Reedbeds , Agriculture


Flat , Wet

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Summer , Spring


Paved road , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Trails are pointed out with different indications for each distance depending between 6,9 km and 10,2 km. The route you see on the map is 7,2 km. There are connections with other nature reserves in the area: Smeetshof and Stamproyerbroek.


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