Top things to do in Turnhout

Top Choice European in Turnhout

Cachet de Cire

Superb attention to detail is evident in every little touch here from the fresh market produce to the hand creams in the bathrooms. The cuisine and presentation are gourmet in quality, yet with generous portion size…
Top Choice Historic Building in Turnhout

Turnhout Begijnhof

Hidden behind big wooden gates, one of Belgium’s loveliest begijnhoven loops round a long, narrow garden set with a grotto, church and religious statues. Founded before 1340, it features tile-roofed brick houses wit…
Museum in Turnhout


Celebrating Turnhout’s role as one of the world’s largest producers of playing cards (1.3 million packs per day), this extensive museum displays a range of antique industrial printing machines used in card creation,…
Museum in Turnhout

Begijnhof Museum

In a 1688 convent-house, this excellent little museum introduces the life of a begijn starting with an eight-minute video (English available) and a perfectly preserved period kitchen.
Museum in Turnhout


Guarded by a cannon, the spired, 16th-century Matten Thoren mansion hosts this lovable city history museum whose mishmash of art and artefacts range from a stuffed deer (the city mascot) to a measuring device that d…
Castle in Turnhout

Turnhout Castle

Turnhout was founded as an 11th-century hunting retreat for the Hertog (Duke) of Brabant. By the 13th century their lodge had developed into the moated castle that now sits plum in the middle of the city. It's a pho…
Cafe in Turnhout

Bon Bon Jour & Nuit

Imagine that you're the French painter Toulouse-Lautrec as you sip a range of absinthes (from €6.75) sitting between Mucha panels and an art nouveau frontage in this magical little chocolate-shop/cafe, which magical…
Brown Cafe in Turnhout

De Ranonkel

It's hard to imagine a more archetypal street-corner local than De Ranonkel, with its panel-walled interior and ample outdoor seating in the Kasteelplein alley leading to the city's impressive moated castle-courthou…
Italian in Turnhout

Cucina Marangon

In an 1895 town house that oozes a restrained elegance, Cucina Marangon has been serving fine Italian cuisine for over 25 years.
Pub in Turnhout

In den Spytighen Duvel

Sit beside a fireplace beneath historic beamed ceilings at this quiet pub and get stuck into a choice of over 200 brews including all the Trappists and 25 lesser-known local choices.