Hasselt celebrates its fame as Belgium’s unofficial jenever capital with a gin festival and the Nationaal Jenevermuseum, housed in a beautifully restored, still-active 19th-century distillery. It is on the Brussels–Leuven–Tongeren and Antwerp–Lier–Liège train routes.
Otherwise the region’s main attraction is Bokrijk, a vast series of provincial parks and woodlands (open year-round, admission free) between Hasselt and Genk. These incorporate a splendid arboretum and 60-hectare Bokrijk Openluchtmuseum. one of Europe’s largest open-air museums offering a nostalgic look at Flanders’ past, with over 100 original old buildings, dismantled then reassembled here in 1958. Hourly Genk–Hasselt trains (10 minutes, hourly) stop 500m south of the southern entrance, but hourly bus 1 from Hasselt is more convenient (Monday to Saturday only). By car, it's better to park (€3) at the eastern entrance beside the 19th-century mansion-castle, Kasteel Bokrijk.