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Top Choice Museum in Hasselt

Bokrijk Openluchtmuseum

One of Europe’s largest open-air museums, Bokrijk Openluchtmuseum offers a nostalgic look at Flanders’ past, with over 100 old buildings originally reassembled here in 1958. Many have since been (or are being) metic…
Museum in Tongeren

Gallo-Roman Museum

Sternly clad in battleship-grey stone, this very spacious modern museum devotes two well-crafted floors to the evolution of human culture then, after a drama-filled seven-minute film about local hero Ambiorix, there…
Basilica in Tongeren

Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek

This central church mostly dates from the 14th to 16th centuries, with a finely proportioned stone tower that dominates Tongeren’s neatly cafe-lined Grote Markt. The basilica marks the first place north of the Alps …
Museum in Hasselt

Nationaal Jenevermuseum

Hasselt has been at the centre of the jenever (gin) industry since the 17th century, and this beautifully restored 19th-century distillery houses a comprehensive and well-presented museum on the subject, as well as …
Historic Site in Sint-Truiden

Festraets Studio

This working collection of four 1930s mechanical wonders is charmingly old-fashioned if far too slow-paced for most modern attention spans. The highlight of a 45-minute visit is the hourly striking of the main clock…
Forest in Hasselt

Arboretum

This delightful botanical garden is directly north of Bokrijk Openluchtmuseum. However, access is a bit of a fiddle from there: although all three entrances are on the south side, the direct gate between the sites i…
Brewery in Sint-Truiden

Wilderen Brouwerij

Some 3km west of Sint-Truiden's centre in the suburban village of Wilderen, this reborn 1743 brewery-distillery has a splendid half-timbered barn-cafe and loads of summer terrace space for tasting their sturdy Kanun…
International in Tongeren

Bistro Bis

For very fine bistro food with a rock-and-roll soundtrack, cosy up with fellow diners at a long rough-wooden table and choose from the day's three delectable choices of starter and main, created by bearded hipster J…
Museum in Tongeren

TeSeUm

Start from the south side of the basilica for this state-of-the-art iPod-led guided tour through the post-Roman history of Tongeren seen through the lens of archaeological layers and through Christianity as exemplif…
Belgian in Tongeren

Infirmerie

Tucked away at the base of the begijnhof, Infirmerie is a relaxed brasserie incorporating elements of historical design from a 1701 building that had been a chapel before becoming the begijns' infirmary. The watersi…