Tongeren Travel Guide

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Tongeren Things to Do

  • Belguim beers

    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

    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

    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.

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  • Walls

    Tongeren used to be a walled town from romans and medieval times. If you are short of time , skip looking for the wall, not much to see %c

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  • Roman milestone

    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

    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

    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.

    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...

    Besides the permanent exhibition, there are also regularly temporary exhibitionsThere 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 -...

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  • The Gallo-Roman museum

    The museumTongeren 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...

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  • Walk the "Mijlpaalroute"

    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...

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  • Walk the Ambiorix-route

    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...

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  • The Tourist Office in Tongeren

    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...

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  • Statue of Ambiorix Tongeren

    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.

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  • Gallo Roman Museum

    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...

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Tongeren Hotels

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  • Eburon Hotel

    De Schiervelstraat 10, Tongeren, 3700, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Best Western Ambiotel

    Good resturant at hotel. The Ambiotel hotel is situated in the middle of Tongeren., not far from...

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  • Der Heurwinning

    Heurstraat 47, Tongeren, 3700, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Tongeren Restaurants

  • GOTTA HAVE MY BELGIAN FRITES

    I told Johan, that while we were in Belgium, I must have my fix of Belgian Frites and the opportunity came in Tongeren as they had a "Frites" stand right in the centrum. They come in a paper cone and they put huge dollops of mayonaisse on them. Even their mayonaisse is different. They fry the french fries (oops frites ) in a special oil which make...

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  • ALDEN BIESEN IN BILZEN -- OUTDOOR CAFE'

    After walking up a steep hill that leads away from the castle, you come upon a patio area which serves a little restaurant BRASSERIE APOSTOLHUIS. A light menu of sandwiches is served here. We thought it would be a good time for a coffee break, so that's exactly what we did. Hans and I had Koffie en Taart which was 3 Euros.

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  • De Pelgrim

    Nice old Inn which was build in 1642. It's cosy and small. It kind off takes you back in time. It's a perfect spot for a drink after a visit to the antique market. They serve good food and excellent beers. A typical oldfashioned Belgian place. A lot off locals come here to enjoy a drink after work or on their day off. Even our queen Paola has...

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Tongeren Nightlife

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    by yashiko Updated Jun 20, 2004

    This is one off the bigger cultural centers in Limburg. They have nice concerts, plays and movies. Also they organise art exhibitions of different kinds.
    The program of the next season is already on the website. It might be interesting to go to a concert of some of our Belgian artists. Like there is one in september by Laïs, or Jasper Steverlinck in november and Praga Khan in october.
    Check their site for more info.Only minor the site is only in Dutch. If it's to hard to figure this out you can always call them for more info.

    Dress Code: There is no specific dresscode. Be as you are.

    In concert

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Tongeren Transportation

  • Belguim railways

    Tongeren is at the far end of Belguim, near to Holland and Germany. so trips to further afield can be taken. In Belguim there is an hourly service from Tongeren to Knokke on the coast,passing though Brussels, Gent and Bruuge.. I am over 65 so can use the Seniors ticket in Belguim. I travelled from Ostend changing in Brugge for only 6 euro .Passport...

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  • "SIGHTSEEING TONGEREN"

    The SIGHTSEEING TONGEREN train takes you to see all the important sites and monuments in Tongeren. Accompanied by a guide, up to 50 people can discover this old town in a nice, cozy carriage.From April 1 until September 30.Mondays through Sunday ( Except for Thursdays)Duration: approximately 40 minutes.Adults: 3.50 EurosSeniors 60 plus: 3.00...

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Tongeren Shopping

  • Julianus shopping

    In the 'Julianus shopping' there are all kinds of shops, selling from sports goods over jewelry to shoes, clothing,...You can discover the shops on the website.Located in the centre of the town, it offers an excellent starting point to discover the other shopping possibilities in our town.The shopping area is near (and even over) a parking...

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  • Shopping sundays in Tongeren

    There are specific sunday when the storen in the centre are open. This is normally every first sunday of the month.The shops are open from 13h00 until 17h00.On these sundays there are often events going on in the centre.In 2013, these 'shopping sundays' are on:January 6February 3March 3April 7May 5June 2July 7August 4September 1October 7November...

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  • LARGE ANTIQUES MARKET

    Sunday, July 31. 2005On Sundays, Tongeren is an international town. You will see Dutchmen, Germans, French and British. And I spotted at least two Canadians!! They all meet at the weekly antiques fair. When Johan mentioned there was a large antique market in Tongeren, I was ready to go. More than 50 traders and over 40 antique shops show their best...

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Tongeren Local Customs

  • Tourist office

    Before you travel to Tongeren ,you can send for information from the tourist office. ---Toerisme Tongeren via Julianus 5 3700 Tongeren Belguim. -----e-mail info@toerismetongeren.be --- tel +32 12 80 00 70 ---- www. tongeren.be.

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  • The weekly antique market

    Every sunday morning there is an antique and curiousity 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 through, summer and winter, rain or sun.With over 350 vendors it is the largest in the Benelux. Tongeren also has a lot of antique shops where you can find...

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  • The coronation celebrations

    Tongeren was a cradle of christianity. It was known as the first sanctuary of the Holy Virgin.Every 7 years there are coronation celebrations, the "Kroningsfeesten". These celebrations are in honour of the miraculous statue "Causa nostrae Laetitiae".Along with this statue, a lot of other relics are carried out in the procession.There are 4...

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Tongeren Off The Beaten Path

  • 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.

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  • ALDEN BIESEN IN BILZEN

    After leaving Tongeren, Johan took us to this fairy-tale castle called ALDEN BIESEN. As there was some type of function going on inside, we were not able to go in, but we did explore the grounds of the castle.Alden Biesen is located near the town of Bilzen on the E313 between Liege and Hasselt

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Tongeren Favorites

  • Tourist signs

    Around town are maps and tourist direction signs, if you are english ,its easy to work out what they mean.. Tongeren is in Belguim and the currency is the Euro

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  • 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.

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  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS

    The subsoil in the area around the Basilica contains remains from a long historical period, dating from the Roman ages until the Middle Ages.

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