The name of the bed and breakfast references the mines that made Genk flourish. La Mine Colline is near Bokrijk, known for its open-air museum. Here, visitors can experience the way people used to work and live in Flanders’ rural areas. It is these areas that have changed rapidly in just a century: Genk transformed from a little town consisting of no more than 2,500 people, to a city of 65,000 inhabitants. Some of the natural scenery was lost due to urbanisation, but not all. Hoge Kempen is the country’s only official national park, and also situated near La Mine Colline. Guests unwind at Gretel Cludts’ home, a house formerly used by engineers, when miners still worked in the area. She has turned her first floor into three comfortable rooms, each with their own bathroom.