Geraardsbergen Travel Guide

  • The Wall, Geraardsbergen
    The Wall, Geraardsbergen
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  • Geraardsbergen, market day
    Geraardsbergen, market day
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  • Mattentaarten
    Mattentaarten
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Geraardsbergen Things to Do

  • Combined Tourist Office/Museum "De...

    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"...

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  • Market

    Monday morning until about 1 pm.A nice small market with plenty of foody stalls. It's also a time for the Geraardsbergen inhabitants to catch up with each other, drink coffee or a beer and chat endlessly.

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  • Castle of Oudeberg

    A castle on top of the famous wall of Geraardsbergen, builded at the end of the 19th century. A pittoresk path will lead you to the top and ...... "Pub 't Hemelrijck" .......

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  • Marbol

    "Marbol", oldest water fountain in town, and in front of the city hall and the statue of Manneken Pis. I hope no relation of water supply

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  • The marketplace

    The marketplace of Geraardsbergen.The cityhall itself, surrounded by the famous statue of manneken Pis - and the beautiful gothic Church of St-Bartholomeus.Next to this historical monuments, many pubs sponsered by Jupiler or Primus, belgian beer suppliers. Cheers !!

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  • Landscape of Geraardsbergen

    Geraardsbergen, near to Aalst (Alost) is a really topic for biking and walking events.The landscape is so beautiful and relaxing and always different, depending on the seasons..

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  • Some fountain

    This is some fountain which is supposed to have some historical significance. Don't know what however

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  • On top of the wall

    If you have climbed to the top of 'The Wall' you will be rewarded with a great view, either a bar or a landscape. On the picture you can see the bar

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  • The wall

    This is the wall ('De muur' in Dutch), one of the most difficult hills in the Tour of Flanders. On the picture you can see the steepest point, where the slope is more than 20%

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Geraardsbergen Restaurants

  • In heaven

    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...

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  • Capital sin!

    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...

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  • Meeting up for coffee

    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...

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Geraardsbergen Transportation

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    by ATLC Updated Jul 31, 2010

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    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

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Geraardsbergen Shopping

  • Supermarket delights

    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...

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  • Quality test Mattentaarten

    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....

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  • Second hand shop

    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...

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Geraardsbergen Local Customs

  • Manneken Pis

    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...

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  • Summer fair and Procession of Plaisance

    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...

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  • A very old event: barrel fire and...

    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...

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Geraardsbergen Warnings and Dangers

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    dangerous gangs

    by Mr_Furious Written Apr 21, 2003

    There are gangs hanging around in the neighbourhood around the train station. Stay well clear of them!

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Geraardsbergen Tourist Traps

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    stupid, ugly church

    by Mr_Furious Written Apr 21, 2003

    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

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Geraardsbergen Off The Beaten Path

  • Carillon

    The town carillonist plays at 10.30 on Monday morning while the market is going on. Now I've heard quite a few carillon concerts and beloved is a professional at it.Let's just say that maybe the monday morning blues had hit our performer.But well, YOU may enjoy it!

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  • A walk with poetry

    There are many poems put up in various places in Geraardsbergen by well known Flemish poets. So if you read Dutch you can explore Geraardsbergen and read poetry at the same time!

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Geraardsbergen Sports & Outdoors

  • Cycling

    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...

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  • Tour de Flanders- edition 2005

    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...

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  • Tour de Flanders- edition 2005

    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...

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Geraardsbergen Favorites

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    Street sculpture in Geraardsbergen 2 more images

    by ATLC Written Jul 30, 2010

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    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!

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