Hasselt Things to Do

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    Go for a walk amongst the largest dunes in Europe

    by halikowski Written Sep 10, 2013
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    À la taverne, vous retournez sur vos pas jusqu’à la piste cyclable pour vous engager dans un large chemin sablonneux. À l’embranchement en T, à gauche.Vous traversez un paysage accidenté. Les bosses sablonneuses se sont fixées grâce aux arbres et à la végétation. Plus loin apparaissent de plus grandes dunes qui sont des dunes continentales poudreuses.

    À hauteur d’une grande clairière, vous obliquez vers la droite. Vous arrivez aussitôt à un embranchement en Y où vous prenez à gauche. Après le bois, vous débouchez sur un paysage ouvert de champs. Vous ignorez les deux chemins de traverse asphaltés à droite pour vous diriger vers le point de jonction 35. Après le ruisseau et les petits étangs, prenez à gauche. À l’origine, la grande clairière était couverte de bruyère. Il y a aussi des champs mais la plus grande partie de la lande fut supplantée par des bois de résineux qui devaient produire du bois de soutènement pour les mines. Vous longez maintenant le Busselzijp, un petit affluent du Bosbeek. Le ruisseau a été endigué à maintes reprises et de petits étangs bordés de petites résidences ont fait leur apparition.

    Vous poursuivez tout droit. La promenade orange vous conduit progressivement vers la gauche. À droite se trouve le flanc fortement boisé de la vallée. Au-delà des résidences apparaissent de vastes étendues de bruyère. Les plantes typiques de la lande s’y développent encore spontanément.

    Vous devez subitement vous engager dans un large coupe-feu dans le bois. 700 m plus loin, au croisement, vous prenez à gauche et au large coupe-feu suivant, prenez à droite.Dans le bois, il ne reste plus grand-chose de la végétation de la lande. Ce n’est que dans les coupe-feu arrosés de lumière qu’apparaissent encore quelques petites plantes caractéristiques.

    Au panneau d’information, prenez à gauche. Avant d’arriver à un chemin en gravier, prenez à angle droit vers la gauche.À droite s’étend un vaste bois de résineux et, à gauche, vous retrouvez de grands espaces de bruyère. Le sable est redevenu poudreux et la nature y est en voie de rétablissement. Vous ne pouvez dès lors y pénétrer car la nature est encore trop vulnérable. Après le chemin de traverse, vous retrouvez un paysage de pâturages.

    Après les bâtiments, vous continuez tout droit en passant la barrière et le sentier oblique vers la gauche dans le sable poudreux, à l’assaut de l’Oudsberg. Au sommet, le paysage est vallonné. Vous devez subitement prendre à gauche pour descendre l’Oudsberg. Un peu plus loin, vous obliquez vers la droite jusqu’à un grand coupe-feu sinueux que vous suivez par la droite. L’Oudsberg est une réserve naturelle remarquable. Il s’agit de la plus haute dune continentale du plateau campinois. En son centre se situe la dune que vous escaladez pour l’instant. Autour de la dune se développe une végétation caractéristique de la bruyère. Après l’Oudsberg, les bois font à nouveau leur apparition.

    Après 200 m, vous arrivez à un embranchement près de quelques bâtiments. Vous partez à droite puis, 50 m plus loin, encore à droite. Le sentier sinueux vous fait monter jusqu’à une chapelle. Gardez la chapelle sur votre gauche et continuez tout droit pour redescendre la pente. Au croisement de sentiers forestiers, poursuivez vers la gauche pour atteindre la taverne.La plus forte montée de la journée vous conduit à la chapelle Notre-Dame des Bois. Vous poursuivez dans le bois touffu. Dans la taverne, une boisson vous aidera à oublier tout le sable que vous avez avalé.

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    Wall Art

    by Martin_S. Written Nov 20, 2006
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    Some people could call this graffitti, but I would call it "Wall Art", it may not be a fancy art form, but it does add color and interest to what could be bleak cityscape wall. Here in Hasselt there were many examples of fine wall art.

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    Impressions of a great fall season

    by chanzey Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Walking around city centre shopping area. No cars allowed, plenty to see and do. Especially Demerstraat and Koning Albertstraat are well-known, the latter has just been repaved which is a blessing of you're wearing heels. Or are clumsy.

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    Too hot for ya? Have a swim!

    by chanzey Written Jul 9, 2006

    Kapermolen Zwembad (Public Swimming Pool), Elfde Liniestraat, 5 mins walk from city centre

    The best place to go when you've done your sightseeing bit in the city centre and are moving towards the Japanese Garden, which is the biggest and prettiest of Western Europe. You can easily walk to this garden via the Kapermolen Park, where you also find the public swimming pool. In summer the outside pool is the ideal place for a dip or to spend some time sunbathing. Mind the crowds though, also Belgians are keen to get some tan! In summer the indoor pool is usually also open but much quieter if you feel sporty. Another option for swimmers is the indoor pool of SAS Radisson Hotel/Passage Fitness First in the TT-Tower Building.

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    Water Boy

    by gkitzmil Updated Mar 4, 2005

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    Demer manneke

    Right on the main shopping street in Hasselt you'll find this cute little statue. Brussels has their statues -- little boy and girl peeing - and this has a cute story of the people being thankful for having good water. He is named for the River Demer as the Demer Manneke.

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    ZWARTE MARKT

    by carina.xxx Updated Oct 6, 2004

    De ZWARTE MARKT is located in Tessenderlo, about 25 km from Hasselt.

    It is a very large indoor market only open on Sunday (9.00 untill 18.00). You will find there all different kind of things (clothes, old things, hobby, books, etc..) and there is a unique atmosfere.

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    Bokrijk

    by yashiko Written May 10, 2004

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    Officially, this splendid Open Air Museum lies on the territory of the city of Genk, in the "Park Midden-Limburg" but it is close enough to Hasselt to consider it one of the major attractions in the region around Limburg's capital.

    The domain of Bokrijk is some 550 ha large and consist of woods, gardens, farmland and ponds. The large playground is a real treat for children.

    Most of all, the Bokrijk Open Air Museum is known for its magnificent collection of old Flemish houses and farms. A large part of the Flemish countryside must have look like this around 1850. You can walk through the entire park and admire the cottages and farms of the different Flemish provinces : East and West Flanders, The Campine region, Brabant, and of course Limburg.Since a few years, also a small old city can be admired, with a caf? in a cellar included.
    In some of the houses local people portray the old professions of way back when (farmers, barbers, shoemakers, basketry makers, and so on...). In some of the farms restaurants have been installed, so that the visit can be combined with a good healthy traditional Flemish dish.

    The Open Air Museum is open from March 29 till September 30, every day from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. The rest of the provincial domain is open all through the year.

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    Fashion museum

    by yashiko Written Apr 18, 2004

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    kimono at the fashion museum

    The Fashion Museum gives a nice overview of the evolution of fashion. Moreover, regularly theme expositions are organized. Also here a brochure can be obtained at the Tourist Infomation with an outlined "fahion-walk" through the streets of Hasselt.

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    Japanese garden

    by yashiko Updated Apr 13, 2004

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    The Japanese garden in Hasselt is the largest one in Europe. It has a big ceremony house in the central part of the garden. Here there are held teaceremonies which one can participate in. On the central court there are several festivities durring the year such as cherryblossom viewing, sakefestival, o-bon, koi-nobori, degustations of the japanese kitchen,...
    One thing that i like a lot about this place are the koi (japanese goldfishes)in the centerpont near the ceremony house. They are so cool. You can feed them (food is for sale at the entrance) and they come and eat out of your hand. the fish even let them be carresed, really funny. Especially for kids this is fun.
    The best time to view the garden is in spring when the cherryblossoms are at their most beautiful. But there is always some part off the garden in bloom, so it's nice troughout the whole time it's open . This is from 1st april untill 30th october.
    From Tuesday to Friday 10.00 -17.00; on Saterdays, Sundays and public holidays 14.00 - 18.00
    Closed on Monday and Easter Sunday
    Tickets: 3€
    For more info about the activities mail the city of Hasselt

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    In Hasselt the boose flows from a statue.

    by yashiko Updated Apr 8, 2004

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    Indeed once a year jenever is flowing out off a statue in the streets off Hasselt. This is at the Jeneverfestival. The city is then full off happenings People drinking Jenever and having fun. You can see also traditional folk entertainment like dancing and singing. It's much fun and it continiues till early in the morning. This Year it's on 16 and 17 off october (2004). But if you can't make it this year, it usually is around that date.

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    Gin museum

    by Helga67 Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    Gin museum, Hasselt

    In the National Gin museum you can discover all about the history and the whole production process that goes into making Belgian Gin, also called jenever. At the end of the tour you can try a glass of gin.

    If you are with a group, it is very interesting to take a guided tour. This can be ordered through the Tourist office (in advance). It costs 30 EUR for 1.15h.

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    Virga Jesse Basilica

    by Helga67 Updated Feb 7, 2004

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    Virga Jesse Basilica

    Since 1682, every seven years Virga Jesse is celebrated in folkloric festivities. The statue of Virga Jesse will be carried through the streets, beautifully decorated for the occasion. During every event, people of Hasselt or organisations donate something to the basilica. In 1982, this glass window was donated .

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    Pukkelpop

    by Imaniac Written Oct 20, 2003

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    There is a huge 3 day music festival at the end of August every year in Hasselt. It is called Pukkelpop. Some of the best artists perform there evry year in one of 6 stages. It's cheaper than a lot of the other big festivals. Artists who performed there this year included: Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey, Beck, Suede, Massive Attack and Limp Bizkit.

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    Oriental splendour

    by Sinjoor Written Sep 26, 2003

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    Japanese garden

    A little bit outside the city limits but still easily accessible by foot through the "Karpermolen park" in about a quarter of an hour, the magnificent Japanese garden awaits any traveller who desires to be immerged in the soothing and relaxing peace of its surroundings. Through winding paths, a waterfall, a ceremonial house, a teahouse and typical Japanese landscape the visitor is gradually lead from the west to the spirit of eastern horticultural tradition. In the teahouse a teaceremony can be attended (after reservation) on every second sunday of the month at 11AM and 1 and 3PM.

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    Hasselt's "stronger side"

    by Sinjoor Written Sep 26, 2003

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    the museum's inner court

    A museum which gives testimony to one of the city's most known qualities, The National Jenever Museum, is a frequently visited locations by tourists. Here one can observe the roots, history and evolution of this fine trade. And subsequent to the visit try out the results for oneself.

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