Unique hostel for active nature lovers

The Gagelhof Youth Hostel is one of a kind because it has been run solely by volunteers for 40 years - that’s unique in Europe. The volunteer hosts will welcome you with open arms and infectious enthusiasm. Friend groups and clubs love to return time and again to this remote spot in the middle of nature. Explore nature, play a board game or prepare a meal in the hikers’ kitchen together. You can do whatever you like, including nothing at all!

Zoersel - Unwind in the Kempen

Zoersel is a municipality in the Kempen, a natural region situated in the centre of the green Land van Playsantiën. In the daytime, you can take a walk through the forests surrounding the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle or explore the Zoersel Forest. And in the evening, you can tell stories around the fireplace. Culinary cycling or walking tours are organised on a regular basis, so you can get a full taste of the area. Let’s go!


  • Car parking
  • Bar
  • Luggage storage
  • Lockers
  • E-bike charging point
  • Bike parking for 30 bikes
  • Garden
  • Table tennis
  • Table football
  • Kids corner
  • Guest kitchen
  • Restaurant upon request
  • Free WiFi in the common areas
  • 1 meeting room


  • 60 beds in 13 rooms
  • 1 room for 1 people (shared bathroom)
  • 1 room for 2 people (shared bathroom)
  • 1 room for 2 people (ensuite bathroom)
  • 4 rooms for 4 people (shared bathroom)
  • 3 rooms for 5 people (ensuite bathroom)
  • 1 room for 6 people (ensuite bathroom)
  • 2 rooms for 9 people (shared bathroom)

Hostel rules

  • Reception: from 07:00 to 10:00 and from 17:00 to 23:00
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Breakfast: from 07:30 to 09:00
  • Supper: from 18:30
  • Rooms available from: 17:00
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking allowed

Opening period

  • from 1 July 2024 to 31 August 2024

Family-friendly extras

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

Payment options

  • Bancontact/Mister Cash
  • Cash

Assigned labels

Groene sleutel/Green key eco-label

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. In the main building the rooms have shared bathrooms. The rooms in the newer building all have their own bathroom.


Gagelhoflaan 18
2980 Zoersel
zoersel [at] vjh.be
+32 3 385 16 42

How to reach us