You'll find the tourist office next to the Town Hall. It's not only a tourist information office but also a small museum that interactively tells you about history and culture and nature of Geraardsbergen and it's surroundings (there are other small places within the municipality of Geraardsbergen).Also, this place houses many "Manneken Pis"...more
We had drinks here after walking up the steep cobbled road that cyclists and cycling fans call 'the Wall'. 't Hemelrijck (Heaven) is right at the top. Two beers were drunk: Affligem Blond (2.80 Euro), Orval (2.90 euro), an ice tea and a milk shake.The beers and tea were fine of course. The milkshake was not cold and the cream or icecream seemed to...more
Now you see: this is the place to be! Time for lunch!!There's lots to see in this little place that connects to the neighbouring bakery. All sorts of religious stuff, a tea pot collection and whatnot. You can read papers and magazines and a news letter by the local Manneken Pis Brotherhood.The toilets are something of a fun experience and there is...more
After walking about on the market, it was time for coffee and the famous local 'Mattentaarten'. Mattentaarten are a local delicacy to Geraardsbergen and a protected name. The recipe is fairly simple: a puff pastry case with a sweet crumbly, cheesey filling made of buttermilk. There was a faint hint of almonds.I thought the filling to be quite dry...more
Geraardsbergen conveniently has a trainstation.
It has free parking, free bicycle storage (not manned), a bus station, and luggage lockers.
It's 51 minutes from Bruxelles-Sud
It's 48 minutes from Gent-St-Pieters
For some background information (in Dutch) and photo's click here
I browsed through an astounding assortment of just about everything, from cookies to wines, from cheeses to all sorts of condiments.It's not a sleek supermarket. Just the opposite. That makes the price good. Do check if you can pay with your credit card or bank debit card before you start shopping! Best to bring an amount of cash with you when in...more
Olav Geerts is the most famous mattentaart maker. He is a well known local figure and his little shop is full of promotional stuff for Geraardsbergen, including several newspaper clippings where he is to be seen, full beard and all...I asked him what makes a good 'mattentaart'. The 'matten' are a cheesy, crumbly substance made of buttermilk....more
It's an orderly and spacious shop with furniture, clothing, toys, household stuff and... glasses!The opening hours are daily (including Sunday, except Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday):7.30-12.30 and 13-19 hrs. We wanted some special Belgian beer glasses of various brands. So where to go best but to the second hand shop? They are on sale there for...more
Did you know that the oldest Manneken Pis is not in Bruxelles but in Geraardsbergen? There's 160 years age difference here! While in Geraardsbergen Manneken Pis was "born" in 1459, the Geraardsbergen inhabitants call the Brussels one 'an imitation'. Naturally!There's also a big difference in location. In Geraardsbergen, Manneken Pis is proudly...more
This event takes place on the first Sunday after August 24th which is St. Bartholomews day.(Sunday 28 August 2011 is the next one).The link below provides only information in Dutch, unfortunately. But do go and look at the pictures there.Since the year 1515 ertain relics are moved from one church to another on this day, accompanied by 3 giants of...more
I am definitely planning to return to Geraardsbergen to experience this event.I've added a link below with a full description of this big event that started in 1393 and celebrates 25 centuries of history.The link is because obviously I haven't been there myself and also because I couldn't describe it any better than the story that the City Council...more
There are gangs hanging around in the neighbourhood around the train station. Stay well clear of them!
It's like the title suggests, a stupid, ugly church
Unique Suggestions: Drink a beer in one of the many bars nearby
Fun Alternatives: Don't waste precious photos on buildings like this
Cycling is a big thing in Belgium. Like the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, Belgium has it's 'Ronde van Vlaanderen'.Here's a small Wikipedia article about the bit that goes through Geraardsbergen, famous for its steepness and all cobblestones.I also liked this article that depicts the atmosphere well, and has lots of photos of the real...more
Tour of Flanders edition 2005. And the winner is ........ Tom Boonen.We were invited as VIP. My dear beloved Vt friend Irisbe told me that VIP stands for "Very intoxicated Persons" - maybe she is right, but anyhowI can assure you - it was a thriller of a race - but the 24 years old Tom wrote history.And last but not least - the winner of the...more
Cycling, next to football the most favourite sport in Belgium.I saw this black/white painting somewhere next to the marketplace of Geraardsbergen.It was the day for cycling tourism, on a saturday, one day before the profs started.Believe me or not, but more than 14.999 bikers took part. Edition 2005 was a topic; I was so called non active, but had...more
Favorite thing: A nice brochure on the internet for those who want to have some printed information about Geraardsbergen. Of course you will have made a personal trip planner here on VT with all our tips too, hehe!