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Green Key

The international eco-label for tourism and recreation.

De Groene Sleutel or Green Key is the biggest and most renowned international certification for environmentally friendly touristic companies. Upon obtaining the Green Key, a company commits to working in a sustainable way. The company carefully uses water, energy considering the social conditions of the staff and guests without any loss of comfort.

The Green Key can be obtained in different categories:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • meeting location
  • attraction
  • restaurant (new in 2018)

As a private company in Belgium, Botel Ophoven is the only holder of no less than 4 Green Keys

The most striking sustainable adjustments at Botel Ophoven are:

  • Solar panels 
  • Sun collectors
  • Kitchen workshop The Galley (De Kombuis): local seasonal vegetables, vegetarian and vegan offer, 0 km menus, bio and fair-trade products, local waters, beers and wines 
  • Ecological cleaning products and biodegradable soaps 
  • Active cooperation with local actors regarding environmental care and environmental experience 
  • Active cooperation with social actors 
  • CSR
  • minimal water consumption, water-saving measures and monthly registration
  • strict waste sorting
  • monthly energy consumption registration
  • purchase of green electricity
  • electrical charging point for bike and car electrical company car
  • range of sustainable activities (StilSloep, StilStep, ...)
  • acceptance of Eco cheques as a means of payment
  • platform Groenisleuk (Greenisfun) and De Groene Boot (The Green Boat)
  • sustainable partnerships on different levels (suppliers, activities, ...)
  • close cooperation with local nature associations (Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland, Natuurpunt Kinrooi, Limburgs Landschap,...)


Renting of electrical boats ! Relaxation definitely guaranteed ! No sailing licence or experience required.

Café for cyclists / Restaurant on the water.
Seasonal, local and honest (delicious) dishes. A trip through Limburg on your plate and in your glass. Taste, experience and enjoy!