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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 …
International in Tongeren

Bistro Bis

For very fine bistro food with a rock 'n' 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…
Area in Tongeren

Tongeren Begijnhof

Three blocks south and west of Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek is a small web of very pretty back streets that once formed Tongeren’s begijnhof. One furnished 1660 house here now hosts the little Beghina Museum illustrati…
Cafe in Tongeren

Puur Oogst

With distressed walls, well-spaced seating and a street terrace, this organic grocery/salad bar is great for coffee, pancakes or especially for healthy lunches where you select five salads (also available by weight …
Market in Tongeren

Antiques Market

This is one of Belgium's best flea markets, with a large number of brocante stalls and some serious antique dealers.
Statue in Tongeren

Ambiorix Statue

Staring at the basilica from the main square is a muscular, mustachioed statue. This is local hero Ambiorix, a tribal chieftain who led a brief 54 BC revolt against Julius Caesar’s Roman rule. Loosely represented by…
Religious in Tongeren

Kroningsfeesten

Every seventh year (next occurring in 2023) Tongeren hosts a very large-scale religious parade, with characters in biblical costumes accompanying a 1479 Madonna statue brought out of the town's basilica and taken ar…