You simply must go on a tour of the Hoegaarden brewery. It's so enjoyable and for the ridiculously small price you'd be foolish to miss it.
Tours are by appointment only, except on Saturday when the 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30 tours are open without a resrevation.
The Hoegaarden museum mainly shows locally used artefacts, and of course beer-related things are prominent. The picture shows the Hopduvel (Hop devil), hop being one of the 4 major brewing ingredients.
Since june 1991 the 4 ha large park of the ministry houses the Tuinen van Hoegaarden: more than 20 thematic gardens hidden between the century old trees of the park.
Hoegaarden gardens form an elegant collection of plantings and garden elements that may inspire the visitors.
Cosy corners with original plantings, pergolas and and ponds make it a enjoyable place for visitors.
The Flemish Show Gardens are a series of gardens, each of them themed. You follow a route from the guide book which takes you around the various gardens - the book is not in English, but there is a (free) photocopied translation of the text, so you can follow that.
Entrance to the gardens was about 6 Euro.
The tour continues into the brewery to see all the stages of the brewing process before eventually ending up at the bottling plant - where most of the beer ends up too.
After that, there's an interactive gallery where you take your own time with the "hands on" displays, which provide some more interesting information about the beer and brewing.
Finally you end up at the "pub" where you can taste the Hoegaarden White. Don't be shy - ask for a second glass if you feel like one :-)
Eventually you will be ushered back to the shop where you collect your free souvenier, a Hoegaarden glass.
The tour starts with an explanation of the history of the brewery and its beers, and even a discussion about how the beer should be presented and served. There's a nice question-and-answer feel to it, and it's multi-lingual, so we didn't feel left out of it.
After that we go into "the beer garden" - here all the ingredients of the beer can be seen growing (depending on the season) - and there's even a spring providing the water...
Vieuw on the tower of the St-Gorgoniuschurch (built in 1754). It is the largest Rococo-church in Belgium.
A wooden statue of Christ sitting on a donkey is approximately 500 years old.
There are a variety of architectural features in the garden. If I remember correctly, this was dedicated to Mercato, the famous Flemish navigator.