Tourist Tower

High, higher, highest

For more than half a century, the Tourist Tower has stood at the highest point of Herentals. The current tower was opened in May 1985. The structure has 112 wooden steps that take you to a height of 22 metres. At the end of the climb, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
On the highest floor you’ll find an orientation table where you can see the direction and distance of over a hundred church towers. Some claim that on a clear day, you can even see the spheres of the Atomium reflecting in the sun. Even more impressive than the view is the deafening silence that overwhelms you once you emerge from the treetops. Be sure to take the time to listen to nothing for a while.
At the bottom of the tower is a cafeteria. You can also take a seat at the picnic benches outside on the sandy plain.
The area around the Tourist Tower also offers lovely walks. Junctions 12, 9 and 10 of the Kempense Heuvelrug walking network are nearby. Cyclists will find the tower between nodes 14 and 90 of the cycling network of the province of Antwerp. Mountain bikers and horse riders also get their money’s worth in the woods.
Opening hours
  • 1 May to 30 September: every day from 10:00 to 18:00
  • 1 October to 30 April: every weekend, during the Easter holidays and on public holidays from 10:00 to 16:00
  • Closed on 25 December and 1 January
  • A visit to the tower for groups is also possible outside opening hours. For more information, send an email to


  • €1 euro per person from the age of 4.
  • Groups of 10 or more pay €0.70 per person. Groups must book in advance with the tourism department.

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