Today Tongeren still looks like a fortified town. You can still see parts of the MEDIEVAL WALL and the towers that once surrounded the town. The Velinx Tower is a good example. Tongeren used to have six medieval gates, but now only the "Moerenpoort" (Marsh Gate) from 1379 remains.
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER
The accompanying photo is of City Hall and the TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER". I went in to get some info on Tongeren and I was given a beautiful, illustrated book and it was in English.
Located in the Markt Square, Stadhuisplein 9.
The weekly antique market
Every sunday morning there is an anique and curious market in Tongeren.
In the past 30 years it has grown to become an international well known market.
The market takes place the whole year, summer and winter, rain or sun.
With over 350 vendors it is the largest in the Benelux. Tongeren also has around 40 antique shops where you can find antiques small and large, old and somewhat less old, restaured or yet to be restaured, ...
On sunday morning, starting at 5 am., Tongeren becomes a melting pot of nationalities. Walking around, you encounter not only Belgian's, but also a lot of Dutch, French, German, British, American, Danish, ... visitors. A lot of them are looking for that one piece of curious or antique they are looking for. Others just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and may incidently stumble on something to buy.
But no matter if you are looking for something specific or just walking around, you'll enjoy a visit. And the cost ... make it very cheap or extremely expensive ... it all depends on you !
ALDEN BIESEN IN BILZEN
Known as Landcommanderij ALDEN BIESEN is supposedly the largest castle between France's Loire River and the Rhine River.
The present building dates from the mid-16th to late 18th century. Besides the castle, there is a church, a gallery, an orangery and beautiful French-style gardens.
It is now a cultural center of the Flemish Community.
How funny is that ! Haven't seen anything else of this oldest Belgian city except the Gallo-roman Museum. But what an interesting museum ! Esp. for who not familiar with history from this part of Europe.
The museum has its own website. Closed to date (Tijdelijk gesloten) but you may check it one day.
Provinciaal Gallo-Romeins Museum
Kielenstraat 15, B - 3700 Tongeren
tel 32 (0) 12 670 332
fax 32 (0) 12 670 333
monday: 12 a.m. - 5 p.m.
tuesday to friday : 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
sat - sun - public holidays : 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
adults : € 5
55+ , disabled, students : € 4
children -7 year : free
children 7-14 year : € 2
Saving a website I'd check once in a while & sharing it with you.... for French reading folks: