Roeselare Things to Do

  • Roeselare Town Hall - Rococo and Annex
    Roeselare Town Hall - Rococo and Annex
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    Plaque remembering the old town hall
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    Domein Sterrebos

    by wandeljp Written Feb 15, 2016

    Domein Sterrebos

    Located a few kilometers from the city center, in the town Rumbeke.

    The park offers opportunities for the walker: well-maintained trails, amidst indigenous trees, surrounded by ponds frequented by many birds. You can see cormorants, geese, ducks, moorhens, ... even if you have a little luck a wild kingfisher.

    The park has an area of 27 ha (for now).

    The children will find their pleasure: a small playground is available.

    The highlight of the visit is the castle in the center, did not unfortunately visit. This is a prestigious reception area. Some rooms and the stables hosted temporary exhibitions.

    Accessible from sunrise to sunset. Just walking on trails. Dogs on a leash. Trash in the trash cans throw. Respect the plants. Keep silence


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    Situé à quelques kilomètres du centre ville, dans la commune Rumbeke.

    Le parc offre des possibilités pour le promeneur: des sentiers bien entretenus, au milieu d'arbres centenaires indigènes, entourés d'étangs fréquentés par de nombreux oiseaux. Vous pourrez y voir des cormorans, des oies, des canards, des poules d'eau, ... et même , si vous avez un peu de chance un farouche martin-pêcheur.

    Le parc a une superficie de 27 ha (pour le moment) .

    Les enfants y trouverons leurs plaisir : une petite plaine de jeux est accessible.

    Le clou de la visite est le château au centre, ne se visite pas malheureusement. C'est un endroit de réceptions de prestige. Certaines salles ainsi que les étables hébergent des expositions temporaires.

    Accessible du lever au coucher du soleil. Restez sur les sentiers. Les chiens en laisse. Déchets dans le poubelles. Respecter les plantes. Garder le silence

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    Address: Kasteel Rumbeke

    Directions: Follow the way to Iseghem

    Website: http://www.west-vlaanderen.be/genieten/domeinen/Sterrebos/Documents/Brochure%20Sterrebos.pdf

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    Sint Michielskerk (St. Michael's Church)

    by Airpunk Written Jan 10, 2016

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    A beautiful late Gothic church in the old town of Roeselare. It was built in 1504 and was the only parochial church of the city until 1872. The original cone-shaped spire was destroyed by a storm in 1735 and was then replaced by the current clocktower. Inside, there are several pieces of arts, including the tomb of Johan van Cleef and his wife Johanna van Lichterfelde which is as old as vthe church itself. The organ is one of the largest in Flanders.
    A predecessor church once stood there from 1066 on which was destroyed twice. The construction of the current building began in 1497

    Directions: In the Southwest of the old town, close to Grote Markt (market square) and Stadhuis (town hall).

    Sint Michielskerk, Roeselare
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    Bicycle Museum

    by Airpunk Written Jan 10, 2016

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    For time reasons, we skipped the bicycle museum. However, it has to be said that it housed in the Paterskerk (Delaerestraat 33) where only a fraction of the original exhibition is shown as the museum building is being rebuilt. It is housed in a beautiful Art Nouveau building which was once built as a Fire Department in 1899. The house was almost destroyed by German bombshells during WWI in 1917, but rebuilt again. At the time of our visit, it looked more liked a hulk than like a building.

    Address: Polenplein 15, 8800 Roeselare

    Directions: In the south of the old town, close to Stadhuis (town hall) and Grote Markt (market square)

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    Town Hall (Stadhuis)

    by Airpunk Written Jan 10, 2016

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    When the belfry of the old town hall collapsed in 1704, it destroyed most of the building itself. This was the result of economic decline after the 80 years war. A smaller town hall was erected with parts of the old one, but this burnt down in 1749. The second half of the 18th century was kinder to Roeselare's citizens and a completely new town hall was built in Rococo style but without a belfry. In 1924, a new wing was added but this time with a belfry. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Belfries of Flanders" and an exception in being a modern rather than a medieval belfry.
    Parts of the old town hall are still buried under the market square. A commemorative plaque shows where it once stood.

    Directions: At the Grote Markt (market square) in the southwest of the old town.

    Roeselare Town Hall - Rococo and Annex Roeselare Town Hall Plaque remembering the old town hall Roeselare Town Hall - Rococo and Annex
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    Rumbeke Castle

    by shavy Updated Oct 19, 2014

    About 3 km from city center of Roeselare lies the Castle. The most famous and undoubtedly the green area from Roeselare called "Sterrebos." Is known for joggers a perfect place to walk. For hikers is a place where everyone's are welcome on Sunday afternoon

    The sign board "Sterrebos will bring you the castle place. Rumbeke castle was once home to the Counts of Flanders and was held in the same condition in the course of centuries as possible. Castle Rumbeke is one of the oldest Renaissance castles in Belgium in the 18th century the building was rebuilt in the Classicist Sterrebos which was built with the Prater of Vienna as a model

    The castle is surrounded by trees, is very famous place for family during weekends with children. In the surrounding there were restaurants and cafes with playground. Many people like to stroll mostly on a Sunday afternoon. The castle can be admire from the inside and outside. Tours can be arrange

    Public Openings: from Friday, May 17th through Sunday, September 15th, every Friday afternoon, Saturday, Sunday and public holiday. Each tour on Friday at 1.30 pm., 2.45 pm. and 4 pm
    Guided tours on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays at 10 am 11.15 am 1.30 pm 2.45 pm and 4 pm

    Address: Moorseelsesteenweg 2

    Photo taken from the road Entrance to sterrebos The restaurants
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    St. Amand's church

    by shavy Written Oct 19, 2014

    The church was built between 1869 and 1872. The nave is Neo-Romanesque and the 45 meter high tower, with four bells, an example of eclecticism. The church contains a white stone pulpit of Charles Dupont and modern fire windows.

    In front of the church stood a famous statue of Albrecht Rodenbach. It was sculpted by Jules Lagae and unveiled in 1909 during a three-day Flemish Party.

    The church was a relief, dedicated to Saint-Amand in a neighborhood on the north side of the station. The church was necessitated by the significant development of the city from 1850, the first stone of St. Amand's church was laid on October 25, 1869

    The land was under a notarial deed dated July 22, 1863 a gift from Knight The King of Merkem. For the new church and the presbytery a new road was to be opened, which ran from the (Noordstraat) north street to the station. The builder, Joseph Schadde, from Antwerp, made ​​the plan of the church in Romanesque Revival style

    Address: De Coninckplein 2

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    St Michael's Church

    by shavy Written Oct 19, 2014

    Roeselare has a lot of churches in the city and in the surrounding municipalities. The St Michael's Church is one of them. Although the history of this church dates back to 1066, only the base of the tower was left after the fire of 1488. As of 1497 the church was rebuilt in late Gothic style.
    In 1735, blowing the 91-meter steeple around and it was replaced in 1757 by an octagonal casing. The tower is 65 meters high.

    The church has several valuable works of art, including the baroque pulpit, the organ and the carillon with 49 bells. St Michael's church has three naves and a tough west tower with a sharp snaps spits. A violent storm snaps in 1735 the spire went off, and between 1742 and 1757 the church has given the current tower octagonal bell-shaped cover. The church has one of the largest organs of West Flanders

    Address: Sint Michielsplein 1

    Portal and western from church
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    The National Cycling Museum

    by Museeuw Written Jun 8, 2007

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    The Nationaal Wielermuseum is a must for any cycling freak who comes to Belgium. It's not very big, but really worth a visit. On the ground floor they have a permanent collection about the history of cycling and bicycles (which is also quite interesting for the non-freaks) and upstairs there's always a changing collection (e.g. the history of the world championships cyclo-cross, history of 20 years the team Flandria,...).
    There's a very big chance also you'll meet Freddy Maertens, two times world champion, because he works there.
    Entrance fee is only 5 euro.
    Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00-12.00 and 13.30-17.00.

    Address: Polenplein 15

    Directions: 2 minutes from the Grote Markt

    Phone: 051 26 87 40

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    Rodenbach Castle

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    Opposite the Rodenbach Brewery there is the Rodenbach Castle.

    This Castle is also known as the Rodenbach - Mergaert Castle.

    This castle was built by Edward Rodenbach - Mergaert in 1891, all kind of modern techniques where used as isolation, heating by hot air via channels in the walls and special glass.

    On the castle domain there is a well, and the pure water from this well is still used to make the beer.

    It is not possible to visit this castle.

    Address: Spanjestraat 112

    Rodenbach castle
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    History of the Rodenbach family

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    At the end of the visiting trail, you arrive in the visitors centre.

    Here you can see big panels showing the most important members of the Rodenbach family.

    Under those pictures you find some big leaflets with information on these persons.

    And of course in this visitor centre it is finally time to taste one or more delicious Rodenbach beers.

    Address: Spanjestraat 133 / 141

    learn more on the Rodenbach family
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    Lots of Big Barrels

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    Walking through the cellars of the Rodenbach Brewery was very impressive.

    There were lot of big barrels (I started counting, but I lost the count). You should know that each barrel contains 14.000 litres of Rodenbach beer . . . so all those barrels together, och yes, that is a lot of beer . . . . . Santee, Cheers

    Address: Spanjestraat 133 / 141

    a lot of Rodenbach . . .
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    Former delivery of beer

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    Along the visitors trail, there were also some old pictures. On these old pictures you could see how the beer was made in the early days.

    Like on this picture which shows how the barrels were transported in the past.

    This scenery I have never seen in the streets of Roeselare. But I can still remember that the Rodenbach beer was delivered with a special coach and two big farmer horses in the inner city.

    Until now I have no picture on this, time to start a search.

    Address: Spanjestraat 133 / 141

    barrels of Rodenbach beer
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    Steam boiler

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    Later on, as we continued our tour through the brewery, we also did see the old steam boiler.

    This steam boiler dates from 1936, and is a Lancashire - type.

    The front of this steam boiler is completely restored and the upper side is opened, so you can see the inside.

    Steam boiler
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    The new Brewery building

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    On the same courtyard where you could see the old (and protected) Malt building gate, there was also the new brewery building.

    That looked very modern, and high tech. Build with lots of glass and aluminium, you could almost look through the big hall.

    Unfortunately it was not open for the public on this Open Monuments day. They open it for the big public on special occasions like the Open Company days.

    Address: Spanjestraat 133 / 141

    the new brewery building
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    From Barley to Malt

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    The old Malt kiln, nowadays this historical industrial building is not used anymore as a Malt Kiln, no no now it is used as an exposition hall.

    When walk around in this Malt Kiln you can learn everything on the production process from Barley to Malt. And it is explained by pictures and drawings, so no need to read long technical texts.

    Address: Spanjestraat 133 / 141

    from Barley to Malt
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