In the 17th century Aarschot regained some of its wealth. Money for redecoration of the church interiors became available. The exuberant baroque became prominent. In 1893 Leonardus Drijvers built a large neo-romantic organ with 36 stops. This enormous organ found a place opposite the main altar. Major restorations at the end of the 19th and the...more
Statue by Tony-Luc Blickx of Father Raskin who was decapitated in Dortmund during WW II (Oct.18, 1943) for being a member of a resistance group.His espionage group was founded in the summer of 1940. Raskin's nickname was Leopold Vindictive. He made sketches of the Atlantikwall with its numerous fortifications. By the end of April 1942 the Germans...more
This impressive Gothic building was constructed between 1337 and 1450. The choir and the windows that reach up to the ceiling are a design from the French architect Jacob Piccart. The names of his successors are not known. For the construction of the church and the tower 3 different kinds of stone have been used: iron holding sandstone from local...more
Each year, the evening of August 15th, the city says thanks to Saint-Rochus for saving the city from the plague. On this evening all public illumination is switched off and replaced by candlelight. In the centre of the city the streets and houses and public buildings are illuminated by thousands of candles. Visitors from all over the region come to...more
Aarschot's main church was built out of local ferrous sandstone, alternating with white stone, a style commonly known as "bacon".The church itself is gothic and was begun in the 14th century. The present renaissance spire was added after the original spire was struck by lightning.The interior is well worth a visit, but currently closed for...more
This is a small sushi and grill restaurant that is relatively new and we were driving near there to collect some boreworst when we heard about it...we decided to give it a go there and then....we arrived just as they were opening for lunchtime service and while we were there no one else came in...which was good for us but no so good for the...more
Super eten voor een goede prijs en goede cava! Zeker een aanrader! Ate here several times. Do know what to get, get the 'boat'. Various sushi's and sashimi's served on a boat. Good choice. Don't forget the seaweed salad. Fresh and crispy. A boat with 48 pieces cost you € 50, salad € 5. White housewine is good.more
Comfortable cafe, ideal for a stop and drink, where great snacks are served. The dishes are Spanish/Argentine during the one week and Italian style during the other (as the managers have different tastes, they swith the menus weekly). The menu can be read from a blackboard in the pub. Closed because of the decease of the ownermore
Jan Holemans (former owner of a local drinks discount) has taken the initiative to produce some local beer brands. The business was merged with the Pelgrims drinks discount in 2007.- The Aarschots kruikenbier is only available in jars with printed labels.- Jan Holemans has given his first name to a local beer brand: Janneman- Mr. Holemans also...more
The Kasseistamper (Cobble hammerer) is as well the symbol as the nickname for the Aarschottenaars (inhabitants of Aarschot).In the 19th century the city guards walked along the streets to protect the inhabitants from thieves and robbers. On cold evenings these guards preferred to sit and drink in a pub, rather than walking the streets. They even...more
Situated in "de Gijmel", the Molenheide reserve is maintained by the Flemish natural history society Natuur.punt. The windmill is operationable and can be visited on sundays.
Area 9,9 ha
Marc Van Der Weeën,
0478-73 13 79
Luc Storms, 016-50 12 13
Bert Corten 016-57 01 57,
Bart Goossens 016-57 28 04
Dry heathland with eolean sands and unfertile deciduous forest around the medieval 'Heimolen' (windmill).
Located somewhat halfway between the Langdorp hamlets Wolfsdonk and Gijmel, near the Oude Mechelsebaan.
Free entrance on roads and footpaths.
The ecological value of Molenheide largely depends on the unique and well preserved windmill which dates back to 1662. The heathland around the mill was preserved because afforestation was prohibited. The area covers the outer Kempen eolean landdunes and is a relict of the former vast Langdorp heathlands.
INFO: Jos Vrancken (+32 016/56.92.45)
Favorite thing: Throughout the city you can find statues that tell you something about the town's past or culture, such as this monument for the Grenadier Guards who liberated Aarschot in WWII.