Landgoed Mookerheide

Limburg  >  Netherlands

Beautiful walk through old forest and along open heath patches in the hills surrounding the Art Nouveau hunting lodge Mookerheide. Good area for forest birds.


More than 100 years ago, Jachtslot Mookerheide (hunting lodge) was built in an Art Nouveau style. A park forest was created around it, which now has beautiful old oak and beech trees and where many birds have their habitats. In early spring you can hear and see 5 species of woodpecker: Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker. Early summer is the best time for Eurasian Nightjar around the open heather areas. Where you can also find European Stonechat. In the forest Northern Goshawk, European Honey-buzzard, Pied Flycatcher, Marsh Tit, Common Redstart, Hawfinch, Crested Tit and many other forest species can be found. In winter the forest is worth a visit for the early breeders and winter guests. Local birds that start early with breeding are Red Crossbill en Tawny Owl.



The route starts at the parking lot of Landgoed Mookerheide on Heumensebaan 2 in Molenhoek (See the P on the map). The 6 km walking trail is shown on the map. The route is indicated with yellow arrows, but you can also follow the route on your smartphone.  You will pass the hunting lodge, the historic greenhouses and gardens, heath areas, a watchtower, the Heumense schans, the Mookerschans and nice viewpoints on the river Meuse.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Moors/heathland


Hilly, Sandy

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Wide path, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform



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