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  • St Sulpitius church
    St Sulpitius church
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    Our group on the way
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    During the degustation
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Diest Things to Do

  • The central square of every Lowlands...

    A marketsquare (Grote, or just, Markt) is typical for all Lowlands towns that have gotten cityrights. one of the priviliges that a city gained with these rights was the possibility to have markets (selling goods in public). Market-squares always became central places squares that also were places to show "your" power to everybody else. Therefor,...

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  • Saint Catharines, church for the...

    A little poorly maintained stands, in the middle of the Beguinage, the Saint Catherine's church. Renovations are urgent, but it seems that there is a lack of funding for this. This Beguiange church dates back the the 14th century and was in the first place the relgious gathering place for the "Begijnen", the inhabitants (all female) of the...

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  • Diest "Beguinage", a whole town quarter...

    The shape of "Begijnhoven" variates, but is often a large carre with a special entrancegate and in the sides of this carre many small houses for the communitymembers. Always there was a chapel or a church withing the building and also a kind of hospital was taken in the architecture. "Begijnhoven" can be found in all Belgian towns and one of the...

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  • The famous "Begijnhof" of Diest

    This easily can be called one of the most beautiful "Begijnhoven" (Beguinages) within Belgium, the country that has the most famoust of these old community-houses. The were started as housing-complexes belonging to a church, abbey or monastery. They were often occupied by (young) ladies of quiet rich families. The family let them stay in these...

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  • A green oasis of silence behind the...

    The town of Diest has a wonderful park of which the entrance is situated next to the Oranjehof (visited earlier on the must see activities). This park, "the Warande", is offered to Diest by one of it's most beloved citizens (a doctor, but sorry, I forgot his name). The ground it is created on, was always property of the historical "Lords of Diest",...

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  • Refuge-houses, everywhere throughout...

    Diest has quite a few refuge-houses. Nicely shaped buildings around a court, that provided shelter for the weaker people, like elderly, ill, handicapped or - moer temporeraly - people from the countryside or neighboring towns that were caught up in warsituations or so. They too (like the beguinages) often belonged to a monastry, abbey or church and...

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  • Diest, not a city without a cityhall (of...

    On the Marketsqauer, besides the old trader's houses and the magnificent Saint Sulpitius, one can find the cityhall of Diest. This building is charmfully decorated with the flags of Europe, Belgium, the Flemish Brabant province and of course the town Diest and many flowers on balconies and terracewalls. Inside is a special treasure hidden. In the...

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  • Beautiful old houses around the...

    Old town centres were often including a marketsquare. A town got it's cityright which actually ment as most important "right" that one could start having markets. Market for grane, market for fish, market for meat, market for vegetables etc. etc. etc. This draw a lot of traders towards the freshly born city and of course a large quantity of...

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  • The house of the Oranges in Belgium

    The "Oranjehof" is not that far from the Marketsquare and next to the entrance to the town's park. It is a simple building with a little tower besides a court-shaped house (carre). Here early members of the Orange-Nassau family residated in the 15th, 16th and 17th century. They ruled over Diest and surroundings as well as other parts throughout...

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  • Sit down near the fire

    A very cosy little café-restaurant is in a corner of the Beguinage. Here you can have a great simple meal or a nice cup of coffee or tea. The interior is definately stylish and the fireplace is just magnificent (besides warming on cold winterdays).

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  • Inviting terraces all along the...

    Tired from walking and all the impressions, then sit down on one of the terraces and enjoy a Belgian beer. These are the best in the world and come in a variaty that is just amazing (several hundreds!). So, even if you're not a beerdrinking, try and just let the waiter / waitress know what is in your taste (sweet, soft, fruity).

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Jul 18, 2003

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    Diest is - besides connected to the Belgian railwaysystem - easily to reach by car. Central situated between Hasselt and Leuven, many roads (also highway) have Diest "in" their way. However, Diest does not provide that many parkingplaces and one has to reckon with roaming around a while before finding an empty spot. The parking-tarifs are very low, so that's a little releave.

    On the marketday (Wednesday) parking is difficult

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Diest Shopping

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Jul 18, 2003

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    Diest is an average town if it's about shopping. On Wednesday they have a market which brings a very nice busy atmosphere in the town centre. Shops are offering everything one needs and the streets are dressed up with flags and symbols to enlight the scenery.

    Streets dressed up to welcome shoppers

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Diest Off The Beaten Path

  • Drinking beer

    You can prof the local beers : Gildenbier or Bos bier in the smalest café caled Bij de Baas (in the boos) . I can see the glas beer of al the regular custumers haging on the ceiling.For the music, you hear most of it from the sixties.

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  • Diest's most "famous" citizen

    On the market square is a statue and many of you will ask, who the hell is "Nicolaes Cleijnaerts" as well as I did. Well, this Diest citizen was a famous "humanist" that studied in Leuven (university). He was very much studying the Islam, which was for that time quite unique. Being able to speak Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Arabian, he was a master in...

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  • The herbs garden of the "Begijnhof"

    Within the "Begijnhof" there is a very pictoresque little herbs garden. It can be reached through a small door in the tearoom that carries the same name as the herbs garden, but then in Dutch: "De Kruidentuin". In it are various plants to be seen and smelt. The "Beguinage" was not self supportive, but tried to be in little ways. On the outerwalls...

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  • Another famous Diest industry

    Diest is also known for it's medieval smith-works. First of all the shoeing of horses, but besides that the craftsmen creating iron fences, household-items and weapons. These rough iron works were for long times very popular in the wide surroundings, but as later more heavy industries in Liege and Charleroi competed with the Diest smiths, these...

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  • Beer in stead of textile

    Belgium is famous for it's beers and I agree, they are the most deliscious in the world. Several hundred do excist around the country, not even counting the homebrew that is excisting in many places and the countryside. Diest takes a special place within this world as when the textile-industry collapsed here (fierce competition of more Western...

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  • sit on one of the many...

    sit on one of the many terrasses at the big market square. In the old days the Corn market housed many royal houses, most of which became inn in later days. Perhaps some of them were in the old days. Diest used to be known as a brewery town. The river Demer still ran through it.Some names you can find on the buildings are: The Rose *De Roos*, The...

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