Children’s paradise in the forest

The De Roerdomp Hostel is situated in the middle of a forest and is surrounded by a petting zoo, playground and sport field. It’s the perfect place to relax in the heart of nature. After a pleasant walk through the forest, you will arrive at the Bokrijk domain and be transported back in time. The hostel is a great option for nature lovers and groups. But be warned, your children won’t ever want to go home!

The ideal backdrop for nature lovers

In Bokrijk, you will see history come to life before your very eyes in the open-air museum. Did you know that here you can cycle through the water without getting wet? The hostel is near the only national park in Flanders: the Hoge Kempen National Park. The numerous cycling and hiking routes will take you through the most beautiful spots in this unique nature reserve. Or hop into a different kind of saddle as Limburg is the number one horse-riding region in Belgium!

50 years and many more years to come

Youth hostel De Roerdomp turned 50 in 2020. This makes this family hostel one of the oldest in our network. You go 'back to basics' and enjoy a real youth hostel experience. How? You'll share a bathroom with other travelers and there are also a few or even no sockets in the rooms. Don't panic, you can of course charge in the common areas and, if you want, also socialize. In addition, the adjoining petting zoo makes it a unique experience in Bokrijk.


  • Meeting rooms
  • Car parking
  • Bar
  • E-bike charging point
  • Bike parking for 25 bikes
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Table tennis
  • Playground
  • Sports field (football, basketball)
  • Restaurant upon request
  • Free WiFi in the common areas
  • Children's farm
  • 2 meeting rooms


  • 118 beds in 21 rooms
  • 1 room for 2 people (shared bathroom)
  • 2 rooms for 4 people (shared bathroom)
  • 1 room for 5 people (shared bathroom)
  • 10 rooms for 6 people (shared bathroom)
  • 4 rooms for 7 people (shared bathroom)
  • 3 rooms for 5 people (ensuite bathroom)

Hostel rules

  • Reception: from 08:00 to 10:00 and from 17:00 to 21:00
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Breakfast: from 07:30 to 08:30
  • Supper: from 18:00
  • Rooms available from: 17:00
  • Hostel accessible 24/24h after check-in
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking allowed

Opening period

  • from 14 February 2022 to 13 November 2022
  • For groups we are open all year upon request
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Family-friendly extras

  • Board games
  • Free cot (on request)
  • Free stay for children under 3 years
  • Baby chair
  • Discount for children under 16 years
  • Microwave
  • Play corner
  • Playground

Payment options

  • Cash
  • Credit card (Visa/Mastercard)

Accessibility and sustainability

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessibility - Basic. more info

    Deze hostel behaalde het Vlaams label voor toegankelijk toerisme, niveau A. Dat betekent dat het basistoegankelijk is voor mensen met een beperkte mobiliteit. Voor sommige elementen kan een extra inspanning of helper nodig zijn. Gedetailleerde informatie vind je op de website van Toegankelijk Vlaanderen.

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Good to know

Upon your arrival, you will be given a set of bed linen to make your bed up. Towels are not included, you can bring your own or rent one at the hostel (1,50 euros per towel). Breakfast is always included. The budget rooms all have shared bathrooms but there are also 3 en-suite rooms for 5 people.


Boekrakelaan 30
3600 Genk
bokrijk [at]
+32 89 35 62 20

How to reach us