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The accommodation

“De Kruiskwacht” is surrounded by woodland. It is a few kilometres south of the city of Geel. It has two buildings: one containing the bathroom fixtures and the other one the kitchen and dining area. The two buildings are approximately 20 metres apart. Furthermore, tents can be pitched on the premises and there is ample parking space.

The Kruiskwacht can accommodate groups up to 40 people, which can be extended to 70 people. In Tents 140. Because of its facilities, its low-traffic environment and its surrounding woodland, the Kruiskwacht is ideal for youth and school camps but also for (Communion) parties or a weekend away with friends.

The recreation room holds enough tables and chairs. The room is heated by a wood burning stove and during the winter months wood is provided. There is also a separate storage room which can be used for various purposes. The top floor, which has electrical heating, can be used as a conference room or dormitory.

The kitchen is equipped with 4 large gas rings, one sink, refrigerator with freezing compartment and two separate freezers. From September until June the kitchen is provided with pots, pans, plates, glasses, cutlery, etc., but in July and August you have to bring your own kitchenware.

The other building with bathroom fixtures and dormitories has oil-fired central heating. The sanitary facilities consist of two showers, six toilets and two large washbasins with five taps each. The ground floor has another two small dormitories for ten to fifteen people each.

The upper floor has a large dormitory that sleeps thirty people. The dormitories have no beds, which means you have to provide your own air mattress, sleeping bag and pillow. You also have to provide your own bed, bath and kitchen linen.

You can stay for a weekend, midweek or a week. The arrival and departure times are to be decided by mutual agreement.

The surroundings

The area surrounding Geel offers many recreational possibilities. Sports centre “De Lissenvijver” is only 1 km away. Here you can play squash, tennis and badminton. If you book in advance, you can also go on mountain bike excursions, survival trips and walking tours. The cities of Turnhout, Hasselt and Antwerp are accessible by train from Geel and are well worth a visit. What about a day out to Bobbejaanland in Lichtaart? Or a visit to the children's farm “De Bogaard" where you can find goats, sheep, donkeys, ducks and geese. It is open every day and entrance is free of charge. Are you more interested in something nutritious? In the bakery museum the process of making bread from the grain to the loaf is explained to you in exact detail. For the cheese lovers, the goat farm is certainly a must. You will have the production process explained and there is the possibility to taste fresh goat cheese. Rainy weather is not necessarily a problem for the kids: they can play their hearts out in the indoor playground Circus Bruul, which is only 2 km away from De Kruiskwacht.

About 8 km from De Kruiskwacht lies the centre of Geel, where you can have a pleasant drink or go shopping. Geel also has a swimming pool and a couple of big playgrounds. The centre of Bel is about 1 km away. There you can find a mini-supermarket, a bakery, a chip stand, a restaurant and some pubs. So you will definitely not perish from hunger or thirst! You can also drive up to Mol, which is famous for its swimming lakes, such as the Zilvermeer or the Zilverstrand, which are definitely worth a visit. Next to these swimming lakes lies Sunparks, where you can find a big swimming pool with several hydrotubes and an activity pool.

Right next to the premises there is an official play forest. This forest, of about 12.5 acres, is ideal for forest games. The play forest is located in a very quiet neighbourhood. You can let your children play there, free of troubles. For more information you can have a look at the information sign at the edge of the play zone or at the information sheet on the premises. The following images show how the forest is marked out and what an information sign looks like.

road description (en)

With the car.

Enter Kruiskwacht 26 in your GPS Cross Guard, then you get to 100 meters from youthhostel (we do not have a house number). Or follow the arrows, see our pictures :) 

With public transport

NMBS ( by Train).

Geel station is located 6 km from the premises and has two tracks. A track towards Antwerp and a track towards Hasselt. Both trains stop twice an hour in Geel. For the exact hours of the Geel-Antwerpen train and the Geel-Hasselt train (with junction to Neerpelt) we refer to the following source:

NMBS website : https://www.belgiantrain.be/nl

De Lijn (by bus).

You can take bus number 299 from the station, which stops at the Lissenvijver stop on the Meerhoutsebaan at 500 m from the premises.

For other routes, we refer to the route planner of the line. For more information you can use the following source:

De Lijn : https://www.delijn.be/nl/

General Phone Number: +32(0)15 40 87 11


Reservations can only be done by calling +32(0)14/58.34.88, you cannot book via the Internet.

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