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    Gallo roman museum - Vikings! exhibition

    by jojes Written Feb 18, 2015

    Up until March 15th 2015 there is a very interesting exhibition running in the Gallo Roman Museum in Tongeren.
    This exhibition tells you all about the vikings and how they lived.
    The focus of the exhibition is on the vikings' family life and their craftmanship as artists. Also the important role of the woman in the communities is one of the main themes.
    Jewelry, household artefacts, weapons, ... are all on display with plenty of interpretive signs.

    The Swedish History Museum has closely worked together with the GRM to put up this exhibition.

    The entire tour is filled with multi-media features. Large videoscreens and audioguides guide you on your way. The audioguides are available in several languages and there is a special version for the kids. These audioguides are always available.

    The kids can also enjoy a couple of creative workshops. They can build their own mini viking vessile, a sword or a necklace. The workshops are open during the weekends, on public holidays and during school holidays from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm. On wednesday afternoon it is open fro 2 pm until 5 pm. The entrance to the creative workshop is included in the entrance price.

    For the Entrance price and opening hours, have a look at the prices mentioned in my tip on the Gallo Roman museum.

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    Belguim beers

    by alectrevor Written Sep 16, 2014

    Tongeren is a lovely place to stroll around and stop now and then for a break.There are plenty of outside cafes, with inside bars also. There are over 400 types of Belguim beers, some are strong ABV, a tip is read the label on the bottle.

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    Emperor Statue

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 16, 2014

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    Statue of emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus born 331 AD [ or 332 AD ] died 363 AD .In charge of Limburg province Kiwanis Tungrorvm. Today there is a shopping centre named Julianus shopping. He was known as Julian the Apostate also Julian the Philosopher. He was emperor from 361 to 363 on his death.

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    Town Hall

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 16, 2014

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    Tongeren town hall near Grote Markt was destroyed by fire in 1677, the first stone of the current town hall was laid in 1737 a few metres away..The architect is same as architect has Liege town hall.The info notice shows old picture of first town hall, and interior pictute.

    Town Hall Info on town hall in 4 languages

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    Roman milestone

    by alectrevor Written Sep 16, 2014

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    This is the remains of a roman milestone showing distances to other romans garrisons. Today you can walk the milestone walk [ Mijilpaairoute ] There are three routes, follow metal studs in the floor, information from tourist office.

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    Statue of Ambiorix

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 16, 2014

    Ambiorix is the hero who stopped the romans, Tongeren now known has the oldest town in Belguim. This statue is in Grote Markt the main square. Tongeren was founded around 15 BC as a roman fortress. The romans called Tongeren Aduatuca Tungrorum.

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    Church of our lady Tongeren

    by alectrevor Written Sep 16, 2014

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    First stone laid in 1240. The basilica is in the Grote Markt. Under the basilica are roman remains. The Gothic bell tower is 64 metres tall. Behind the basilica is the convent. Inside the church are large paintings some depicting St Peter. Entrance to the church is free. There are information leaflets inside for a few cents donation.

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    Take a stroll round the town.

    by stevemt Written Aug 4, 2014

    Tongeren is a lovely little town. Interesting, nice to wander, observe, have a coffee or neer and people watch.

    The Town square is nice, there are some of the old town walls and towers that are still there you can see which are interesting.

    It's just a really nice town.

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    The Gallo-Roman museum - temporary exhibitions

    by jojes Updated Jan 12, 2014

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    Besides the permanent exhibition, there are also regularly temporary exhibitions

    There have been exhibitions on 'Emperors on the Nile', 'Asterix & Europe', 'Ambiorix' (our hero from Tongeren), ...

    The most succesful ones were 'Neanderthals' (running 25/10/2003 - 09/01/2005 - 145.704 visitors) and 'Sagalassos' (running 29-10-2011 - 17-06-2012 - 145.900 visitors)

    The most recent one was 'The Etruscans - Una storia particolare'. It was scheduled from March 16 2013 until the end of August, but due to the success it was prolonged until November 11 2013. A total of 88.005 people visited this exhibition.

    During these temporary exhibitions, they try to link a certain aspect of the permanent collection and explore it further.

    I've been to a few myself (sorry to say I haven't seen them all) and always find them interesting and well brought.

    The exhibitions are always full of multi-media.

    The next temporary exhibition will run from October 18 2014 until March 15 2015. It will be titled 'Vikings!'.
    It's the museum's goal to shatter the common image most people have of Vikings ... They want to show they were not at all the destructive raiders and plunderers they are most commonly depicted for.

    On display will be evrything ranging from textiles, weapons and jewellery to an authentic Viking ship. Over 500 on display will be used to show the Vikings were also gifted craftsmen and artists.

    The National Museum of Antiquities in Stockholm is closely involved in the preparation of this upcoming exhibition.

    For more general information of for details on opening hours and prices, have a look at my tip The Gallo-Roman museum.

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    The Gallo-Roman museum

    by jojes Updated Jan 12, 2014

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    The museum
    Tongeren has had a Gallo-Roman museum for many years. The first real museum opened in 1954. But the Royal Tongeren Historical and Archaeological Society collected items already as far back as 1854.
    In 1994, a new museum was opened, with better facilities to store and exhibit the large collection of historic remains.
    But very soon there was a huge boom is the number of visitors and it became clear after a few years that an even bigger museum was needed.

    During the construction of the museum as it is now, part of the collection was stored in the ancient jail on Tongeren, which was temporarily opened for public visits.

    On may 21 2009 the museum opened the (yet again) new doors for the public!
    It is now located a few steps from the market place with Ambiorix and the Basilica.

    The architecture has been kept very simple, so that all the attention can go to the objects on display. The museum is built "in the backyard" of the Basilica, so right in the centre of the town, on the remains of what once was a roman villa.

    This museum was chosen as 'European museum of the year' in 2011! I think that says enough ...

    Permanent exhibition
    The GRM turns a trip back into time into a pleasant, interesting and enjoyable one for people of all ages! The visitor gets an insight in the way of life and the history from 500.000 years ago until the present day.
    Over 2.500 objects in the permanent exhibition are exhibited in large open spaces, combined with the newest media features, maquettes and texttables. The total collection owned by the museum contains over 170.000 object, dating back even to the prehistoric time.

    Besides the permanent exhibitions, there regularly are temporary exhibitions (see my other tip).

    Practical information
    The featured films are in Dutch, French, German and English
    The written text on the infoboards are in Dutch only, but a booklet with the text in French, German and English is available free of charge at the reception.

    For a visit to the permanent collection you have to count at 1,5 hours. Combining this with a temporary exhibition will add about an hour.

    Opening hours :
    tuesday - Friday: 9h00 - 17h00
    saturday - sunday - holidays - Belgian school holidays: 10h00 - 18h00
    closed on mondays, except when this is a public holiday
    always closed on December 24th, December 25th, December 31st and January 1st.

    Entrance prices permanent exhibition:
    7 €: adults
    5 €: 55 +, invalides, groups (20 people and up)
    1 €: children, 4 - 26 years, schools
    15 €: family ticket

    Entrance price temporary exhibition:
    10 €: adults
    8 €: 55 +, invalides, groups
    1 €: children, 4 - 26 years, schools
    21 €: family ticket

    Combination ticket for both exhibitions:
    15 €: adults
    10 €: 55 +, invalides, groups
    1 €: children, 4 - 26 years, schools
    31 €: family ticket

    Included in the entrance price is the use of an audio guide.

    A visit with a guide is possible when booked in advance.

    Since there are many interactive and Multi-media features, kids can enjoy themselves too.
    There are also special programs and workshops for kids on specific dates/times.

    The museum is entirely accessible for wheelchair-users. There are also wheelchairs avaible for use free of charge.

    After a visit to the museum, you can take a look in the museumshop or have a relaxing drink in the museumcafé.

    A visit to the museum is also possible in combination with a trainticket : ask for "B-dagtrip 134", available in every Belgian railwaystation.

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    Walk the "Mijlpaalroute"

    by jojes Updated Jul 2, 2013

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    The "Mijlpaalroute - Mile stone route" replaces the formar "Ambiorix-route".
    The goal is still the same though ... Discovering Tongeren and it's rich culture and history by walking these routes.

    There are 3 connecting routes in different colours - red, blue and green. The routes allow you to discover the historic town centre, the area just outside the centre and they let you connect to the walk at 'Beukenberg' (forest area).
    You can start at 3 sites: Plinius (just outside town - direction Hasselt), the city park "De Motten" or at the trainstation.
    The route is clearly marked by bronze rivets with the letter "M" (M being in the colour of the route you're on).
    Large 'milestones' and nice boards inform you along the way.
    There's a brochure for sale (5 euros) at the Tourist Office. This brochure gives you more information on the various sites along the routes.

    Of course the route can be walked at all times and is never really difficult.
    The only thing you have to keep in mind are the opening times of the Tourist Office, which you can find here

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    Walk the Ambiorix-route

    by jojes Updated Jul 2, 2013

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    UPDATE: these routes are no longer called Ambiorix-route. They are now called "Mijlpaalroute - Mile stone route"

    To discover the city and it's main monuments, you can walk the Ambiorix-route.
    It's a 4,5 km walk through town. The route is marked with bronze rivets (see picture) in the surface of the road. It takes you along the must-see monuments and some other nice spots in town.
    At the tourist office, you can get a special brochure for 2,5€. Along the route there also are 30 boards with information to provide you of additional information.

    The route can be walked any time. If you want the special brochure, here are the details of the tourist office :
    Opening hours :
    1 october - 31 march:
    weekdays : 8.30 - 12.00 & 13.00 - 17.00
    weekends & holidays : 10.00 - 16.00
    1 april - 30 september
    weekdays :8.30 - 12.00 & 13.00 - 17.00
    weekends & holidays : 9.30 - 17.00
    july & august :
    weekdays : 8.30 - 17.00
    weekends & holidays 9.30 - 17.00

    Closed on :
    17 september 2009
    25 & 26 december 2009
    24 & 31 december 2009 from 12.00
    1 & 2 januari 2010

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    The Tourist Office in Tongeren

    by jojes Updated Jul 2, 2013

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    This is not really a "thing to do" in the sence that it is a site to visit ... But as everywhere, the tourist office can provide you with very useful information for your visit.

    They have a range of brochures available on what to see and do ...
    They also sell the brochure on the 'Mijlpaalroute/Mile stone route' here.
    If you like a guided visit, they can arrange one for you.
    And of course they have several items on sale that are typical for Tongeren and the region.

    Opening hours
    * from October 1 to March 31:
    weekdays: 08h30 - 12h00 and 13h00u - 17h00
    weekends & holidays: 10h00 - 16h00

    * from April 1 to September 30:
    weekdays: 08h30 - 12h00 and 13h00 - 17h00
    weekends & holidays: 09h30 - 17h00

    * July & August
    weekdays: 08h30 - 17h00
    weekends & holidays: 09h30 - 17h00

    Closed in 2013 on:
    January 1 & 2
    September 12
    November 15
    December 25 and 26
    December 24 and 31 closed as off 12h00

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    Statue of Ambiorix Tongeren

    by aussirose Updated Jan 1, 2013

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    You can't miss this statue in the main square of Tongeren. This is a fella called Ambiorix who stopped Ceasar from invading and taking over the town.

    What a hero!!

    Aparently Tongeren is the oldest town in Belgium.....and we visited here all because of Kirsty! That is exciting!! :o)

    To Travelogue.

    Statue of Ambiorix Tongeren by aussirose
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    Gallo Roman Museum

    by yashiko Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The museum has 18,000 artifacts dating from prehistory through the Roman and Merovingian periods. The Roman period is especially well-represented, and includes huge and important collections of relics from Roman Atuatuca Tungrorum, its cemetery, and the surrounding countryside. In fact, from the province of Limburg alone, there are collections of Roman-era pottery, glassware, bronze articles, terra-cotta, and sculptures. They are organized by theme to illustrate everyday life in the countryside and the city, including exhibits on religious practices and traditions.

    Opening hours:
    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.

    Admission :
    adults : 5 euro
    55+ , disabled, students : 4 euro
    children -7 year : free
    children 7-14 year : 2 euro

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