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Church in Hoogstraten

St-Katherinakerk

Hoogstraten's fabulous belfry is an enormous 105m-tall red-brick edifice picked out with dots of white-stone detail in a style known as speklagen. Dating to 1556, it was dynamited by retreating WWII German troops in…
Architecture in Hoogstraten

Hoogstraten Begijnhof

With two leafy quadrangles of pretty whitewashed houses and a remarkably oversized baroque chapel, this peaceful spot is one of Flanders' least-known begijnhoven.Though founded in 1380 and first walled in 1534, it o…
Pub in Hoogstraten

Den Bottel

Diagonally opposite the tourist office, Den Bottel is the most appealing of Hoogstraaten's central cafés, with elements of Tiffany glasswork and a decent menu of salads, wok dishes and fish burgers to soak up the be…
Landmark in Hoogstraten

Laermolen

In an idyllic rural location on the northeast edge of town, Laermolen is small but still functioning watermill dating from 1381.