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A Serene Swim Spot Near Leuven: Exploring Belgium's Lakeside Charm

Hello folks,

Belgium has been enjoying weather above 25 degrees for the last few weeks. While the heat and mosquitos biting my husband make it hard to sleep, we're hoping this weather stays all summer.

For those near Leuven seeking relief from the muggy heat, the lake of Rotselaar in the recreational area known as Domein Ter Heide might be the perfect spot. The park is divided into three areas: one popular for family-oriented swims, another for sports like kayaking and windsurfing, and a third for fishing. With such a variety of activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Christian and I had a wonderful day at the lake last weekend. We packed our bags with fruit salad, some pastries, and a bottle of water and headed to Rotselaar by bike, taking about 40 minutes to reach our destination. Along the way, we discovered lovely lanes and historical places, like The Donjon Ter Heyden. Upon arrival, we parked in a designated area for bikes, where a boy stamped our hands. We had to show this stamp at the entrance, and because we arrived by bike, the lady at the entrance gave us a 50% discount, so we only paid 2.50 euros each to enter the park. How cool is that?

One of the things I love most about this place is the excellent infrastructure: it has showers, lockers, and toilets. While I enjoy wild swimming, having access to modern conveniences like toilets is very welcome. If you have kids, you'll be pleased to know there are lifeguards, and the water is clean and controlled monthly by the Flemish government. Additionally, there's a bar next to the park where you can buy refreshments, which is great if your picnic basket runs empty.

As someone born and raised in a big town, I cherish these country escapes and feel more at peace surrounded by nature. Moreover, riding my bike and not depending on a car gives me more freedom and peace of mind. Let's pollute less and enjoy the simple moments of life ;)

Lake's address: Vakenstraat 18, 3110 Rotselaar
Opening hours:
- July and August: 10 am - 8 pm (the entrance gate closes at 7:30 pm)
- May, June, 1st - 15th of September: open on Wednesday and Friday from 2 pm to 7 pm, and on weekends and public holidays from 10 am to 7 pm.

Rotselaar lake Leuven

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