Hamont-Achel (14,000 inhabitants) is located in wooded surroundings right on the border with the Netherlands. Harmont-Achel has a cosy town square next to the church and a castle. The municipality is well known for the Saint Benedictus-Abbey where Achel trappist beer is brewed. The pride of Hamont-Achel, however, is Marc Emmers. Capped for Belgium 37 times, the footballer kicked off his career at KFC Hamont 99. The sports complex is at walking distance of the centre.