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Limburg : Hasselt
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Hasselt [1] is the capital of the Belgian province of Limburg.

Get in

By plane

By train

Hasselt is an IC station. Train information: Hasselt NMBS STation, Tel. +32 11 29 60 00 or The station has an information office.

By bus

Good connections link Hasselt to all municipalities in Limburg and Maastricht. Bus information: De Lijn Limburg, Tel. +32 70 22 02 00. De Lijn has a shop at the Station Square.

By car

Hasselt and its car parks are easily accessible by motorways E313 (exits 27 - 28 - 29) and E314 (exit 29).

Get around

Public transport by bus is free in Hasselt.


The town centre of Hasselt is not large but very sociable. The centre is mostly car-free and contains a number of historical buildings. Among the oldest buildings in the town centre are the St. Quentin's Cathedral (11th to 18th C.) and the "Herkenrode Abbey refuge house" (1542). The "Grote Markt" (large central market square) and the nearby streets are lined with pubs, restaurants and taverns.

  • Monuments, parks and public fields include
    • The abbey of Herkenrode in Kuringen
    • The Airfield of Kiewit
    • The different historical buildings and museums in the city
    • The Japanese garden
    • The Kapermolenpark
    • The National Bank of architect Henri van Dievoet.
    • The nature field Kiewit
    • The Refugehuis of the abbey of Herkenrode
    • The St. Quentin's Cathedral [9],[10],[11],[12]
    • The town park, to the cultural centre
    • The Virga Jesse Basilica [13],[14]
  • Museums
    • National jenever (Dutch/Belgian version of gin) museum
    • Urban Fashion museum
    • Municipal Carillon Museum
    • Museum of the 'Heilig Paterke'


Visit the Jenever museum and the Japanese Gardens. The people are very friendly. Make sure to spend atleast 2 days in the town.


The Demerstraat and the Koning Albertstraat are the most important shopping streets. In the Kapelstraat and the Hoogstraat are expensive shops with the most famous brands. Another major religious building, besides the cathedral, is the Virga Jesse Basilica. Both have to cede domination of the skyline of the city to the twin towers of the "TT-wijk", however; the renovation of this complex (now including a shopping mall and a hotel) in 2003 gave the centre a new boost. In 2004, Hasselt was the first Belgian city to receive the title "most sociable city of Flanders", and has since claimed the title of "Capital of Good Taste"; likewise, Hasselt is also considered an exemplary city regarding pedestrian facilities in the centre.


Mussels in the restaurants on the main streets. Try the chocolate ice cream store in the city center.



Express by Holiday Inn Hasselt is the best Express by Holiday Inn I have ever gone to. Very convenient and close to all amenities.

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