Lanaken ( Limburg: Lôneke ) is a Belgian municipality located in the Flemish region with 25,599 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2012).


Lanaken is located in the east of Belgium on the left bank of the Meuse River, which forms the border with the Netherlands here. The community is adjacent to the main town of the districts Gellik, Neerharen, Veldwezelt, Smeermaas and Rekem.

The center of the Dutch city of Maastricht is only five kilometers south-east, 22 km west of Hasselt, Liege 30 kilometers south.


The next highway exits are located in the east at Maastricht on the Dutch motorway A2 / E 25, in the north near Bicester on the Belgian motorway A2 / E 314 and to the west at Blizen to A13 / E 313

In Maastricht, Blizen Genk and Hasselt are among other things the next regional stations.

Maastricht Aachen Airport and the Bierset airport in Liege are the closest regional airports and Brussels National in Zaventhem is an international airport.


  • The picturesque town of Oud- Rekem was until 1791 the seat of the kingdom county Rekem ( Reckheim ). Here is the restored in the 1990s Renaissance castle of the Counts d' Aspremont Lynden - to see which had served as a psychiatric hospital since the 19th century.
  • In Lanaken Neerhaaren is founded in the 12th century former Cistercian abbey Hocht.
  • Pieter home, a 80 -acre publicly accessible parkland with the Palace of the Belgian branch of the Princes of Merode, which now serves as a hotel family, and the ruins of a medieval castle.