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History & culture

History & culture

Luxury hotel near Maastricht

Delight in the culture that surrounds our luxury hotel near Maastricht. During your stay at Domaine La Butte aux Bois, experience an excursion to one of the many interesting places nearby. Our multilingual reception team will be pleased to help you organise your day trip.

Culture in the coal mine

The Belgian province of Limburg was a major coal-mining area for many centuries. Although coal production has now ceased, the mines are still active – particularly the C-mine in Genk (, now home to a large arts and cultural centre with studios, a museum, an interactive mine and concert hall. Climbing the old shaft tower is highly recommended, as is a visit to porcelain designer Piet Stockmans’ showroom

Belgian wine

As well as consuming more Champagne than anyone else in the world, the Belgians produce exceptional wine. To try it for yourself, visit charismatic vintner Jaap van Rennes at his ‘wine castle’, Wijnkasteel Genoels-Elderen. His white wines are wonderful and a wine list must-have for all the top restaurateurs in Flanders.

Culinary delights

There are more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita in Belgium than in any other European country. Countless smaller cafés and restaurants serve local specialities that combine a down-to-earth quality with a distinctly French inspiration. With more than 140 breweries around the country, Belgian beer is as varied as any in the world. It was added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016 in recognition of its long history and outstanding quality.