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Top Choice International in Tongeren

Bistro Bis

Johan Haiverlain, former sous chef at the Michelin-starred Magis downstairs, has transformed Tongeren into a cool culinary destination with this 'no-nonsense' place. His young, bearded staff serves up dishes with Be…
Basilica in Tongeren

Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek

The elegant Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek is a large, mostly 14th- to 16th-century church whose stone tower dominates Tongeren’s neatly cafe-lined Grote Markt. The church marks the first place north of the Alps where th…
Historic Building in Tongeren

Tongeren Begijnhof

Three blocks south and west of the basilica is a small web of pretty backstreets that once formed Tongeren’s begijnhof. Here the Beghina Museum serves béguine beer (€2) and a small, picturesque canal leads towards t…
Belgian in Tongeren

Infirmerie

Tucked away at the base of the begijnhof, Infirmerie is a relaxed modern brasserie incorporating elements of historic design from a 1701 building that had been a chapel before becoming the begijns' infirmary. The wa…
Museum in Tongeren

Gallo-Roman Museum

In the town centre, the inventive modern Gallo-Roman Museum uses audio, video and mannequins as well as thousands of original artefacts and archaeological discoveries to exemplify the way of life at the time of Tong…
Market in Tongeren

Antiques Market

This is one of Belgium's best 'fleas', with a large number of brocante stalls and some serious antiques dealers. It takes place around Leopoldwal, Veemarkt, Maastrichterstraat, de Schiervelstraat, Clarissenstraat an…
Statue in Tongeren

Ambiorix Statue

The Grote Markt is surveyed by a muscular, moustachioed statue of Ambiorix, a local tribal chieftain who led a brief 54-BC revolt against Julius Caesar’s Roman rule. Loosely represented by Beefix in the classic Aste…
Religious in Tongeren

Kroningsfeesten

The church marks the first place north of the Alps where the Virgin Mary is said to have been worshipped, and every seventh year a venerated 1479 walnut Madonna statue is piously paraded around town in this large sc…