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Aalst Things to Do

  • Netwerk / Centre for Contemporary Art

    Netwerk is a Centre for Contemporary Art which promotes contemporary art and is one of the most active art institutions in East Flanders. The Center offers a comprehensive art programme with exhibitions, lectures, debates, creative workshops, screenings and concerts. Annually, Netwerk produces several dozen artistic events and presents the work of...

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  • The station neighbourhood

    The station and the whole neighbourhood was designed in 1852.The architect , J.P. Cluysenaer found inspiration in Amsterdam for the colonnade , the borse.The corner tower , the crenellations and the central turret reminds of a midieval castle...Anyway - a remarcable building.Ofcourse in front of the station there is a 'fritkot'. One of those...

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  • Take a walk in Ossebroeken

    South of the city is vast naturepark called Ossebroeken. It is the place for a relaxing walk or a bit of running in the woods. We were there on a sunday afternoon when nearly every inhabitant of Aalst is jogging here. So maybe for a relaxing stroll you should choose another time.

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  • railroad station

    It is not always the most beautiful building in cities but the railroad station of Aalst must be seen.It lloks like a castle from the middleages.Architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer designed the station in 1852. It was finished and officially opened by Leopold II (later King Leopold II) in july 1856.

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  • Castle Terlinden

    The name of the castle was first mentioned in 1582 but it was then called farm Ter Linden. In 1677 it was owned by Priest Philippus ’t Kindt and got the nickname "the damned castle". Not only because the castle was located in the neighbourhood of the gallows, but the priest hide father Quesnel, a proclaimed heretic who just escaped the prison of...

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  • Beguinage

    Like many belgian cities Aalst also has a beguinage. But it doesn't look very authentic anymore. It was founded in 1261, by a whealthy citizen of Aalst. After the first worlde war the number beguinges dropped until there were none left after the second world war. The small white houses they used to live in are since then replaced by social housing....

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  • Cityhall

    Cityhall is also located at the Grote Markt. The building is not very striking though. It is an old villa, originating from the 17th century it was rebuilt to its present form in the 18th century. In the inner courtyard they used to have stage performances. Aroound this courtyard the old horsestables are now used as offices.Do go through the open...

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  • Old hospital

    Behind the St Martens church along the banks of the old Dender, the area where Aalst was founded, the buildings of the old hospital are now used as a city museum.The old buildings are great to see. There is an old chapel and ofcourse the monastery with the hospital itself.The buildings are restored between 1959 and 1965 and the city decided to use...

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  • St Martinus Church

    From the Grote Markt walk through the Kerkstraat and within minutes you have reached another important building in Aalst: the St Martinus Church.This large church was built in the 15th century after Gent attacked Aalst and burnt most of it. Although it is a large church, it was never finished the way it was supposed to be. Since 1480 it was...

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Aalst Restaurants

  • chinese with too much to choose from

    This chinese restaurant is, as most chinese restaurants in europe, overwhelming decorated in what must look like a chinese fashion. But there were also thai fans on the wall.The food though was great. The menu is large, and somewhat confusing. So we decided to have a set menu. But then we had to choose between one of 6 set menus.As always in a...

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  • italian with style

    The interior of the restaurants breaths the atmosphere of a local italian restaurant. The food is very good. Large portions, but also great quality.The restaurant was full when we came the first time, they managed to squeeeze us in on a small table. But the second time we wanted to eat here there was no place at all. So if you want to eat here do...

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  • A special coffee!

    Very cosy coffeehouse We ordered a COFFEE MAXIMILIAAN and this was the result: a bavarois, ice cream with fresh mint, chocolate mousse, cream, an 'Aalst' liqueur and coffee! Delicious!

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  • Great snacks !!

    A cozy modern cafe located at the market square in Aalst, opposite the entrance building of the City Hall. A staffs are friendly and it's confident to dine in there. They serves waffle's and pancakes with toppings!!. I've chosen a classic butter and sugar..well, simple but their pancake is really good !!! serves in a warmed platter..

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  • The' WIENERHAUSE'....hot chocolate

    It's hard to give a description of this place. First of all , it has the atmosphere of a living room. Warm cozy , a bit posh also.'Yves van Biesen' and 'Bernhard Schurz' knew what they where doing.Of course the walls are adorned with reproductions of Gustav Klimt , some Sisi-like-paintings...Also the music is Viennese...A really nice spot to sit...

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  • Authentic atmosphere....

    'Malpertuus' is a little bit of everything. A bakery , restaurant , koffee house...It is very popular. For no price you can eat here the dish of the day...Most ladies come to enjoy the pies and cakes , sweets.And okay , the place doesn't look very posh.. Who cares? Sweets , all made in the good old oldfashioned way. Honest tastes.

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Aalst Nightlife

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  • Cafe of the "Okapi" basketball fans

    Next to Carnaval the second interest of the people from Aalst .... Basketball - and the combination is just a brilliant show of about 2000 guests and twice a team fighting for the finals in the second belgian division.

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  • Local pubs

    Certainly a big place to be at night - a pub called "Cat" - next to a pub called "Tom Cat "and all besides the local football/soccer club of Aalst More than leisure

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  • The exuse of ....

    A man or even women in Aalst has always an excuse to come home late - a local pub near the central market will help them anyhow ! Leisure

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Aalst Transportation

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    by kylian74 Written Aug 18, 2003

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    If you are in Aalst without a private car and want to see the nearby towns and regions...there are busses available, just check out the schedules and routes, the main station is in Stationstraat, fronting the train station. I'm sure there are busses going to big city like Brussel and Ghent too.

    Bus at the bus station, Aalst
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Aalst Shopping

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    by kylian74 Updated Mar 30, 2003

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    located in the NIEWSTRAAT to the next street of the KATTESTRAAT. The gallery have differerent shops around with a good place for relaxiation, some benches to sit at the tail between the two hall near kattestraat.

    What to buy: There are choice of clothes shops plus shoes, gifts shops, perfumerie, candies specialty, meat and a baker shop.

    What to pay: As long as you enjoy shopping, the amount is depend to you....The prices vary to least expensive in this gallery.

    Gallerie Pieter Van Aelst
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Aalst Local Customs

  • Carneval 2006

    A member of the "Disco-Trutten""Profiteir van de jubilei-korting" "Kies ver servis & kwalitoit" en boek na de "Disco-trutten"

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  • Carnaval is the tradition here

    Aalst is known all over Belgium for its carnaval traditions. There are several parades with the most famous one on tuesday: "Voil Jeanettenstoet", men overdressed as women. We haven't been here during carnaval, but you can see evidence of the tradition all over Aalst. On the Hopmarkt there even is a carnaval monument in honr of the Voil Jeanetten.

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  • Aalst Carnaval

    I went back to the city around 6:30pm. This photo is about the last part of the parade, The parade is 6 hours long yearly. The last part are those the most beautiful teams, all in all with music, lights dancers, so it's really entertaining.

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Aalst Off The Beaten Path

  • Castle Regelsbrugge

    Not much further down the road the Kwalestraat starts. Pass a small stream and you are looking to a beautiful castle. The castle is private property and can't be visited but when you are in this neighbourhood it is worth a look. The castle is about 100 years old.

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  • St Jobs chapel

    Coming from the graveyard take a left turn, it is not really a road but a path following the walls of the graveyard. Follow the path, enjoy the green view over meadows, untill you reach the Jobstraat. Go left again. Not much further there is a small white church surrounded by trees. It is located on the corner of the St Jobstraat and Frans...

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  • Graveyard

    Since 1784 it is no longer permitted to bury the died in the church. Before that time the rich people got burried in the church to be as close to God as possible. The poor people were buried outside. You can imagine the smell of the decaying bodies under the floor (hence the dutch expression: rich stinkers) not to mention the possibility of...

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Aalst Sports & Outdoors

  • Sport watching

    The atmosphere in the hall is just great, close to the game itself"Disco Trut number 3" was handicapted and on wheels, but nevertheless, you can book them as from march the 15th

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  • Basketball in Belgium

    Next to Carnaval the second interest of the people from AalstThe game Okapi Aalst - Dragons Ghent on januari 7th.....the game Okapi-Wevelgem on feb25... great show and pure sport Special dress at the occasion of Aalst Carneval

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  • Door het vlaamse land - cycling

    The touristical board has some different routes for you. If your interested , stop by in their office for information...Or just go for it and start at one of the direction signsFaluintjesroute 40kmBorders of Aalst 30 or 70 kmLeirekensroute 19kmDender*- and waaslandroute 32km* the dender is a river

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  • Carnaval

    Aalst is a not such a big city, but is very well known for its carnaval... It is a big party during three days where everyone is dancing, singing and ...especially drinking !! It is just lots of FUN !!

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  • WinterFoor in Aalst

    Do you know this kind of attraction? It's called *eclipse*, It is 48 meter's high, 110kmp..you can try it in Aalst Winter Foor if you have the courage to do it...I'm pretty sure this is not for me ;-( This attraction can accomodate to 8 persons, cost 6 euro per ride...my husband did this!!.but for him it was the FIRST time and LAST time!!, sounds...

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  • WinterFoor in Aalst

    WinterFoor start a week before Carnival period and ended right a week after the carnival, Thus, it takes two weeks of fun..fun..fun.!! The center of Aalst can be like a big amusement park, lots of different rides from kids to adult, check them out at the BiG parking of 'KeizerHall' to the shopping center and market square..it' all pack with fun!...

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