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Castle park, De Merode is open to the public, also hotel and restaurant are planned
Westerlo, in The village of Bergom (Herselt) looks in the future may be completely different. The castle park, the domain between Westerlo and Bergom, is partly open to the public and there are plans for the old forresters house to build a hotel with spa and restaurant. On 4 april there is a infomoment.

The family de Merode sold in 2004, the Merodebossen to the Flemish government. The various partners have signed together the " Charter de Merode’. It agreed to the partners that they are the unit of the area to preserve and open to the public. The Flemish government adopted on February 1, the start-up of the plans for the Park de Merode well. It is the intention to have the park open for tourism and to the old forresters house on the estate to build a hotel with restaurant and spa. Also, the centre of Bergom will be involved in the project.

"for some years now, we are thinking about how we, the centre of the domain can integrate," says prince Simon de Merode. "Our idea is to be at the corner of Bergom as a part of the park open to the public. From there, there is a walking path in the nature that a better view of the castle and the park. Intention is also to the village square to integrate it into the park. The people can sit and there are information boards about the Merodebossen. That the park is partially open, I would be a great added value for the people after the domain yet, some 600 years private. At this point, that piece of the park to his right. Therefore, we want that part open, so that not only the owners of the heritage enjoy."

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