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.
- Hiking and Walking
- Beer Tasting
- Family Travel
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 translating literature of that time and with that a very wise man.Born in Diest in 1493 he died in Granada 49 years later.
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 of the Beguinage along to old canal, one can see another example of that: small gardens for vegetables.
As the Beguinage of Diest is still occupied by (elderly) women, this part of town needed proper care for the people that live here and have their usual malfunctions related to getting older. Next to the Beguinage is a hospital, built in the style of the "Begijnhof" itself, called "Saint Annendael". Take a look at it and take care that you don;t end up here during your visit to Diest.
The Great War, also known as World War I, was most disasterous for Belgium. As being part of the frontline that got stuck for more then four years, Belgian territory was destroyed completely on various places (most extreme around Diksmuiden and Ieper). Every town in belgium delivered young men for this awfull battle that was mainly done in trenches, without any heroism or gain in terrain. Many died in anonimousy, but here every town has it's monument for the forgotten fighters for the freedom of this country that was put in the middle of three fighting worldpowers (France + England and Germany). In Diest it is almost overshaded by the entrance of the Warande-park and the "Oranjehof" ... it's on the same square and please, do take it into your attention. The hero's deserve to be remembered.