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Beringen [17] is a former important coal-mining city in Limburg, Flanders (Belgium). The Beringen municipality includes the town of Beringen, and the communes of Beverlo, Koersel, and Paal.

Understand[edit]

Beringen is split into four communes or gemeenten (municipalities/boroughs), each with it's own unique history and charm.

Origins of the Beringen municipality[edit]

Beringen was an allodial glory and part of the heritage of St. Adelard, who was a cousin of Pippin the Short and abbot of St. Peter's Abbey of Corbie in Picardy (780-821). At the end of the 8th century St. Adelardus would have donated his goods to the Abbey of Corbie.

During the Middle Ages the count of Loon had the custody of the glory of Beringen. In 1239 Count Arnold IV granted Beringen the same liberties as the city of Liège. Beringen was a city of the county of Loon, which later became part of the prince-bishopric of Liège. Two mayors, one for the city and one for the countryside, stood at the head of the municipality. Beringen was surrounded by the ramparts and canals, which were demolished together with the three city gates at the beginning of the 19th century. Around the city were eight moths or emergency towers, surrounded by a moat. Beringen was repeatedly destroyed, including in 1654 by Lorraine troops.

In 1700, the 12th century Latin school was transformed into a municipal college. In 1739 the French philosopher Voltaire spent three weeks at an inn on the market. He wrote a few flattering words about the city and its inhabitants. The Beringen parish initially also extended over the territory of Paal and Heusden. However, at the end of the 14th century Heusden became a separate parish. In 1708, after a lot of struggles, Paal also became an independent parish. With the discovery of coal at the beginning of the 20th century in the subsurface of the nearby parish Koersel, the city of Beringen became an important coal-mining city.

Origins of the Koersel municipality[edit]

Koersel was already inhabited during the bronze age, as proven by recent archeological finds on its territory. Later, around 700 AD, the Franks inhabited the area. The first mention of Koersel dates to 1166 when it was known as 'Corcela', a word derived from the Germanic Corsala, which meant 'Farmstead of Cor'. The Lord of Lummen decided to build a chapel in Koersel, and thus Koersel came under the control of Lummen. In 1185 the patronage right of this chapel was donated to the Abbey of Averbode.

On 11 January 1579 Koersel was attacked by marauding soldiers. The villagers usually stored their grain supplies in the church. The hungry soldiers demanded this grain sypply. The villagers bravely refused. They fled into the church, hoping the soldiers would respect their right to asylum of Roman churches. The soldiers collected wood and mutators, stacked these up against walls of the church and set the church on fire. The church burned for two whole days. Of the 250 villagers who were entrenched in the church, 183 immediately lost their lives. To this day, the parish of Koersel still dedicate a mass in memory of this disaster each year. Koersel remained under Lummen rule until about 1798.

In 1834, a village fire raged. The center of Koersel, including the church, was largely destroyed by this fire. Also of great importance was the construction of the Coal Mine of Beringen, in 1907.

In 1910, an independent parish was established in the nearby hamlet of Stal. After 1945 many new neighborhoods were set up in Koersel: Fonteintje (1945), Steenveld (1946), Steenoven (1950), Grootveld (1950), Schanswijk (1960) and Vliegeneinde (1968). In 1977 the independence of Koersel came to an end, as it became part of municipality of Beringen.

Place of Pilgrimage[edit]

In the 19th century, the pilgrimage town Koersels Kapelleke was founded. On a warm and hot day in 1826 Jan Nicolaas Swartebroukx was wandering around in the inhospitable heath of Koersel. He got lost and suddenly suffered from severe abdominal cramps. He was afraid to die. Out of despair he prayed to the Virgin Mary. A natural spring spontaneously arose of which he drank. He was miraculously cured. Out of gratitude he planted a stake near the water source, in honor of the Virgin Mary. This stake was clearly visible from the country road. Passing people became curious and word of mouth about the story of Swartebroukx started to spread.

In 1833 a chapel was built near the stake. Ever since, the place became a place of pilgrimage. To this day many people from all over the world come to drink from the fresh water of the spring.

Coal Mining Past[edit]

Beringen-Mijn is a former mining town. At the hamlet of Koersel called Kleine Heide coal mining began in 1908. In less than a century the traditional heath landscape changed into a complex of industrial buildings, shafts, cooling towers and slag heaps. A walk through Beringen-Mijn is a trip through its history. With the first mining works in the area, workers' homes were built according to their needs. In 1908 the construction of the first worker's home started. Various construction phases followed. These were interrupted by the First World War. In addition to the typical industrial buildings, a real residential area soon arose.

The hamlet Kleine Heide was virtually uninhabited. As there was not enough labor potential in the nearby area, employees had to be attracted elsewhere. Their living conditions should be offered better than they were used to. Housing also served as a means of binding workers to the mining company. Those who lost their jobs immediately had to look for another home.

In a period of less than fifty years a beautiful residential area was realized on the Kleine Heide, with a complete self-supporting program. The construction works that was exhibited are unique in the history of the area. The way in which the neighborhood and its facilities influenced the residents' lives is equally unique. The workers were born in the maternity clinic, owned by the mining company. They were cared for at the daycare center, also owned by the mining company. As a kid, they went to a school, again, owned by the mining company. They were then able to retrain in courses organized under the supervision of the company, and derive books from the library, which also was created by the company. On Sundays the workers attended the holy mass in the Cathedral, built but not owned by the mining company. In the same church they had their communion and they got married. The workers spent their spare time on the sports grounds or in the casino of the mining company. Shopping was preferably done in the shops of the mining company. Eventually the mining company also built a graveyard on its grounds. The last large building built by the mining company was a clinic, now a retirement and nursing home. In 1989, the last coal was mined.

The coal industry is now a thing of the past, but the residential area still exudes its mining history. In Beringen-Mijn the immense industrial buildings are almost entirely preserved and protected as a monument. In 2016 the industrial heritage site was transformed into a tourist-recreational site, with shopping and sporting facilities. Urban functions like living, working and shopping are interwoven in a balanced manner.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

By train[edit]

Good connections link Beringen to Hasselt and Antwerp.

By bus[edit]

Good connections link Beringen to Mol and Hasselt.

By car[edit]

Beringen and its car parks are easily accessible by motorways E313 (exit 26) and E314 (exit 28).

Get around[edit]

Beringen is a pretty safe and laid-back city to get around. When arriving in Beringen by train, take a bus to Beringen-Mijn where the tourist office is situated. Here you can hire a bicycle, an e-bike or a lopifit.

Public transportation[edit]

Bus service is quite expensive when paid on the bus itself (around 3 euros for a single trip), but a lot cheaper when paid by SMS (check the information on the bus stop), or bought from pre-sale points. Check the website of De Lijn [25] for your best tariff.

On foot[edit]

Beringen covers a large surface. So if you want to discover Beringen on foot, your best bet is hiring a 'lopifit' at the tourist office. This odd invention is a combination between a treadmill and a bike. The walking bike is powered by a battery and motor. It allows for leisurely walking while traveling at the speed of a bicycle. The lopifit certainly is the most original way to discover Beringen.

By bike[edit]

Touring the city by bicycle or e-bike is most likely the best way to get you around on a budget. Enjoy your cycling daytrip through the city using the world-famous junction system.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are quite expensive, charging around 20 euro's for a trip from the edge of town to the center.

Talk[edit]

As Beringen is in the Flemish region the native language is Dutch. They also have a dialect based on Dutch however it is mostly spoken by the older generation of locals. Most people have a good basic notice of French, English and Turkish. Some older locals als have a good basic notice of Italian and Spanish.

See[edit][add listing]

Saint Theodardus Mining Cathedral

Beringen-Mijn[edit]

When you go to the Beringen mine site you will find 100 000 m² of fascinating industrial heritage. The nearby mining estate features unique architecture, cosy squares, tight footpaths and an unique local hospitality.

  • Mijnmuseum (Mine Museum), Koolmijnlaan 201, +3211453025, [1]. Visit Beringen's imposing industrial mining site and experience the history of Limburg's coal mines in the Mine Museum. Become acquainted with the work underground and life in and around the mine. Relive the turbulent closure and learn everything about the mining district today! Free audio guide (recommended).  edit
  • Mijncité (Mining Estate). Winding streets and green squares. A stately mining stadium and a grand casino. Mosque versus mining cathedral. Architecture and culture. The mining estate in Beringen has a lot to offer yet it is compact.  edit
  • Sint-Theodardus Mijnkathedraal (Saint Theodardus Mining Cathedral), Koolmijnlaan 348, +3211421552. The cathedral is only accessible in groups and with guide reservation. The term ‘mining cathedral’ refers to the large and richly decorated churches that different mining companies built in Limburg for their labourers. The St. Theodardus church is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful examples in Limburg. It was built between 1939 and 1943 in Byzantine style by the architect Henri Lacoste. Take a good look at the building style and the beautiful stained-glass windows in concrete! It stands over 71.5 meters tall. The Cathedral also houses a complex of parish buildings, grouped around a cosy courtyard. Guide fee: € 60.  edit
  • Fatih-moskee (Fatih Mosque), Klimopstraat 1, +3211421552. Every day except Friday afternoon or during the ramadan. The mosque can only be visited with a guide after making a reservation.. This Turkish mosque gives a unique accent to the multicultural atmosphere of Beringen. The Ottoman style is recognizable by the two minaret towers and the large dome. The special character of the interior is determined by the beautiful hand-painted wall tiles. Adults: €1.50 Children: €1 Guide fees: €60.  edit
  • Mijnstadion (Mining Stadium), Stadionlaan 1, +3211430230. A multi-use stadium. It has been used mostly for football matches as the home ground of K. Beringen-Heusden-Zolder, until the club reached the first division in 2003-04.  edit
  • Casino Beringen (Casino), Kioskplein 25, +3211450310, [2]. The main hub that consist of the cultural center and urban cultural service. It was designed and built by architect Y in the middle of last century. It went through renovations worth 3 million euros. Free.  edit
  • Mijnwinning De Posthoorn (Mining Farm De Posthoorn), Koolmijnlaan 141. This farm was used to take care of the horses, which were used above ground and in the mines. Also milk was produced for distribution among the miner's families.  edit
  • Melkhuisje (Milk House), Alfred Habetslaan 40. During the First World War, many miners' families had a hard time, especially families of mobilized miners. From 1915 the mining management jumped into the breach for them. Every workman was given one liter of soup every day for free. In July 1918 810 liters of soup per day was granted. Because at the end of the war farmers in the area no longer wanted to supply vegetables, they sought a different solution to the food problem. The mine built mining farm 'De Posthoorn' with a stable of twenty dairy cows. From that moment on, the free distribution of milk to the residents of the garden district began. Milk was at that time the best medicine for lung and respiratory diseases. In 1927, the milk dispensation received a permanent place through the construction of the so-called milk house in the characteristic cottage style of many other buildings in the Mine Estate district. The pavilion consisted of a space for storing milk and six devices for distribution. This milking parlor was part of a network of social services that were developed by the Coal Mine for the benefit of the miners and their families (in addition to, among other things, the church, the casino, the economies).  edit

Koersel[edit]

Koersel is a suburban area in Beringen. It is most famous as a town of many movie fanatics. The town has a cosy cinema. Also the yearly 'Drive-In Movie' filmfestival is unique of its kind.

  • Sint-Brigidakerk (Church of Saint Brigid of Kildare), Kerkplein 2, +3211967379, [3]. The Saint Brigid of Kildare Church a brick neoclassicist pseudo-basilica from 1850. Decorations and cornerstones of Gobertange, limestone and bluestone are applied. The half-built west tower has a spire. The central aisle is covered with a barrel vault. The church furniture dates back from the time of construction. The organ was built in 1850 by Smet from Duffel. The church owns a Saint Brigid of Kildare statue from 1780 and a Saint Luciana statue from the 17th century, as well as the reliquary of Saint Brigid of Kildare. A Saint Anne statue dates from the 18th century. The wooden crucifix also dates back to the 18th century. In addition, there are a number of statues from 1879. The wall paintings are partly from 1905 and the stained glass windows from 1904.  edit
  • Sint-Gerarduskerk (Church of Saint Gerard Majella), Hubert Droogmansstraat 48, +3211422053, [4]. After the construction of the coal mine of Beringen started in 1907, the population began to increase in nearby towns. On November 14, 1908 a parish was set up in Stal that split off from Koersel. Later on October 17, 1910, a parish church was consecrated in neo-Roman style. However, this church was damaged by subsidence due to collapsing mine shafts. In 1976 this church was put out of use and later in 1982 it was demolished. On 11 December 1976 a new church was inaugurated, built in modernist style. It is a concrete frame construction, filled in with brick. The church has a low rectangular tower, consisting of an open concrete skeleton in which the church bells are situated.  edit
  • Pastorij (Prestberry), Pastorijstraat 49, +3211967379. The presbytery was built in 1655. Between 1865 and 1876 the façade was rebuilt in neoclassical style.  edit
  • Oud Gemeentehuis (Former Town Hall), Koersel-Dorp 25, +3211192919. Neoclassical former town hall, from 1851. Of the neoclassical building, only the volume, the limestone plinth and the rectangular doors were preserved. The other façade elements, including the rectangular windows with rounded corners and the brick decoration, date back to the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.  edit
  • De Statie (Former Tram Depot), Albert I Laan 56, +3211183193. This authentic building was built in 1907 to serve as a depot for the locomotives and passenger carriages of the tram line Diest - Koersel. Initially a steam tram was parked here, followed by motorized carriages. In 1954 the tram line was replaced by a bus service, and so the trams in the depot had to make room for buses. In 2016 this building was restored by the Haselaars family, and transformed into a brewery and grand café, called Remise 56.  edit
  • Blueberry Fields (Blueberry Fields), Schomstraat 145, +3211425275, [5]. June 15 - September 15, open from 9 AM till 6PM. September 16 - June 14, monday till saturday from 10 AM til 5 PM, closed on sundays and holidays. The domain Blueberry Fields is located in the valley of the Zwarte Beek in Koersel. Blueberries grow here since a few decades. High-quality local products are also made artisanally and offered in the farm shop. In total, the domain covers around 19 hectares. About 12 hectares of this is occupied by plantations with blueberries. Another 5 hectares is part of the nature reserve "The valley of the Zwarte Beek". The remaining 2 ha consists mainly of forest and meadow. All in all, the blueberry plantations in combination with the surrounding nature reserve offer opportunities for beautiful walks to unwind and fully enjoy nature. Around the farm, between the plantations there is a unique blueberry trail, a stream trail and a forest trail. Bridges, streams, trees, hedges, many species of birds, tranquility, pure air and idyllic spots... Blueberry fields is well worth a visit.  edit
  • Het Kanon (Chateau Quanonne), Pastorijstraat 2. The Chateau Quanonne got its current shape in 1850. The castle is one of the most famous buildings in the village. Originally, the castle was a manor house, which was built in 1770 by the Peeten family. The family concerned notables and large landowners from Aarschot. In 1850 the manor house was converted into a neoclassical mansion. This was done by Frederik Quanonne, a descendant of a prominent French family. He married Maria Peeten. It was this married couple who took the initiative to build the nearby park. In 1873 the children Quanonne-Peeters lived in the castle and later in 1892, after the death of Gaspard Peeten, the entire property became ownership to the Quanonne family. In 1930, this family to died out. The castle later became a doctor's house and inn. In 1954 the Nuns of Maria van Landen bought the property, and transformed it into a home for well-to-do elderly people, later only for older nuns. In 1992 the building was sold again and almost changed into a shelter for drug addicts. But these plans did not take place. Since 1995, the castle has been owned by a local, who, among other things, runs an antique shop and restores this unique building.  edit
  • Stalse Molen (Stal Mill), Stalse Molenstraat 20. The Stal Mill is an old water mill on the Zwarte Beek. The mill is named after the hamlet Stal, which lies northeast of the mill. The mill was first built in 1350. In 1684 it was rebuilt. In 1882 the building was executed in brick. In 1947 the waterwheel was so dilapidated that it was switched to electric propulsion. The last miller, Paul Lemmens, died in 1948. His daughter, Denise Lemmens repaired the mill in 1990, and placed a new, iron undergraduate. The mill is a double mill, which was used as a corn mill and as an oil mill.  edit
  • Vurtense Molen (Vurten Mill), Molendijk 103. The Vurten Mill is a water mill on the Zwarte Beek, located to the west of Koersel. It was built in 1775 and is located 200 meters downstream from the Stal Mill. The mill functioned as a corn mill.  edit
  • Burgerhuis (Civilian home), Koersel-Dorp 6-8. A house from the 19th century, with facade cementation and decoration.  edit

Koersels Kapelleke[edit]

To the east of Koersel lies the pilgrimage town 't Fonteintje. The pilgrimage town is called by locals as ‘Koersels Kapelleke’, because it developed around the Chapel of Our Lady at the Stake. This chapel has been a place of pilgrimage since 1826. The pilgrimage site is located in a large nature reserve, the Koerselse Heide. This area of 220 ha is planted with coniferous forest, but nowadays one strives for a more varied forest. To the east, the roads stop near the large military domain that lies between Leopoldsburg and Hechtel. Nowadays, cyclists can cross this area via a specially constructed cycle path to Hechtel, although only during the day, as indicated by signposts. You can also follow a path next to the Zwarte Beek through the military domain, but only during the weekend and public holidays. The Valley of the Zwarte Beek is also located here. This valley is Flanders' largest nature reserve. This nature reserve is well-known at a European level.

  • Kapel Onze-Lieve-Vrouw aan de Staak (The Chapel of Our Lady at the Stake), Fonteintjestraat 18, +3211421552. A chapel was built near the stake, of which the oldest part, the choir, dates from 1833. In 1939 the chapel was enlarged to a design by Karel Gessler. In the chapel are small stained-glass windows with simple stained glass as well as an 18th-century trinity painting and small wooden sculptures. Around the chapel in 1900 a modest processional park and fountain was constructed with rustic cement where an open-air mass can also be held. Free.  edit
  • Uitkijktoren (Watchtower), Fonteintjestraat 30, +3211422202. The watchtower is central in this woody area. Those who climb the almost 30 metre high tower can look out across the typical Kempen landscape. The domain includes a playground, miniature golf, trick pin bowling, a splashing pond and several lovely campsites for youth clubs. Sports-lovers can use the fit-o-meter or do some orienteering. Free.  edit

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Attractions[edit]

  • Alpamayo (Indoor Climbing Hall), Be-Mine 21, 3582 Koersel, +3211966666 (), [6]. Climbing hall Alpamayo is located in what used to be the coal mine’s power station and that’s still visible when you enter the cafe. Buttons, meters and electricity cabins are stacked along the walls while control panels make up the bar. Because the cafe is at a height of six meters, you can see right into the climbing hall through plexiglass and even from a little open balcony.  edit
  • Avonturenberg (Adventure Mountain), Be-Mine, 3582 Koersel. The Adventure Mountain lies on a slag heap. On one side, the heap is covered with a “climbing and crawling” adventure route up the mountain and a staircase leading to the top, from where you get great views of the entire mine site. On the other side of the heap lies a mountain biking field with both an easy and a very technical, heavy route. The Adventure Mountain is freely accessible from sunrise to sunset.  edit
  • Jeugdhuis Club 9, Pastorijstraat 44, 3582 Koersel, +3211421552 (), [7]. Founded in 1966, Club 9 is a non-profit alternative/underground music venue based in Koersel. Club 9 is your headquarter for attending fun activities, progressive concerts, wacky parties and engaging workshops. With their often experimental projects they demolish the boundaries of the impossible and engage young people to find their creative self. Club 9 unites a creative workplace, a bar and a music venue into a dynamic place where various subcultures meet instead of clash. Fun fact: the volunteers of Club 9 are the people who took the initiative to build and edit this page, since the old fossil managing the tourist office doesn't know anything about this website.  edit
  • TheRoxyTheatre, Pieter Vanhoudtstraat 39, 3582 Koersel, +3211221003 (), [8]. . Opened in 1946 and expanding to a multiplex with 3 auditoriums of 550 seats in the 1970s. The theatre had some fierce competition. In 1996, when the Kinepolis opened in Hasselt, the owners at that time, the Vangenechten family, decided to close the cinema. Luckily, the Kladaradatsch Group rented the Roxy and the former Bij Jeurke café. Under new leadership, The Roxy Theatre was renovated and reopened. However, Kladaradatsch were far too ambitious as they pay the high price for also opening cinemas in Antwerp and Brussels. This led them to defunct, leaving the Roxy Theatre empty for three years. Then in 2003, ElaN Languages from Heusden-Zolder started up the ElaN Film Club, where the first phase hosted monthly programmings of classy films. Following this, Ludo Vangenechten decided to reopen the three auditoriums under the name The Roxy Theatre in 2004. The average number of visitors increased from 200 to 800 per week- partly thanks to the national premiers biggest box office hits and other initiatives from ElaN Film Club.  edit
  • Todi (Indoor Diving Center), Be-Mine 1, 3582 Koersel, +3211364040 (), [9]. Indoor diving center Todi is located in what used to be the coal mine's thickener. At TODI, both beginning and advanced divers can train and swim amongst the more than 2.000 tropical fish taht live in the tank. You can swim past car wreks, a mining hall and an underwater bar. If diving isn’t your cup of tea, you can get a full-face mask to go snorkeling, or you can walk up the stairs and look at the fish through the glass.  edit

Nature and recreation[edit]

  • Bezoekerscentrum De Watersnip, +32 011 450 191. Grauwe Steenstraat 7/2.
  • Recreatieoord 't Fonteintje (Resort area 't Fonteintje), Fonteintjestraat, 3582 Koersel. This resort is home to a children's playground, midget golf course and trickpin courts. Sporty types can enjoy themselves on the fit-o-meter or an orientation walk.  edit
  • The Stimulus Path. Experience nature along the route that was created for children and young people with a disability.
  • The BoeBoek Bag. Active exploration outing for families and groups with children aged 5 to 10 years old. Get a Boeboek Bag in ‘De Watersnip’ and do fun tasks in the woods together with Piepel and Soeza. Make a cake with materials found in the forest or make a drawing using berry juice, use the magnifying glass to look for creepy crawlies or play a round of pinecone petanque. The path is about 1.5 km long and can easily be done with an all-terrain buggy.
  • Park van de directeur (Park of the director), Koolmijnlaan, 3582 Koersel. Hierarchy was important during the mining industry and that was visible on the estate. The director lived in a villa surrounded by unique English and French gardens. After an arsonist struck, this beautiful building was reduced to a ruin. The park was given a thorough cleaning and was replanted. Every large city has a park, and so does Beringen. It is a great place to walk, practice sports and enjoy the peace and quiet.  edit
  • Tris (Slag heap), Orgelwinningstraat 62, 3582 Koersel. The largest slag heap of Beringen is perfect for an afternoon hike to the top. The top offers a great view of Beringen and the mine site in the distance, as well as of the rest of the surroundings. If you're lucky you might spot some sheep while you're there.  edit

Tours[edit]

  • Tour of the Estate, meeting point at the Tourist Office, Koolmijnlaan 203, +3211421552 (). Daily. Join a cruise! Tour of the Estate allows you to travel comfortably through the winding streets of Beringen's mining estate. The minibus seats 7 passengers; your guide drives you around. The guide navigates to places that you hadn't noticed and enlivens the tour with interesting stories. The route is customised and a great way to explore Beringen's mining estate. A few highlights include the mining site, the coal dock, the Baltic camp, multicultural streets and several green public squares! 10 euro per person.  edit
  • Appetizing trek through the mining town, meeting point at the Tourist Office, Koolmijnlaan 203, +3211421552 (). Bookings are possible on Wednesday, Thursday, Saterday, Sunday. A guided walk, starting at 2 p.m., will introduce you to the many nationalities that made their homes in Beringen due to the coal mining industry there. You’ll get a taste of their hospitality, delicious treats and architecture. Typical appetizers and drinks can be tried along the walk: a stout Koolputters beer, Polish sausage, Turkish pastry and Italian pizza are just some of the tantalising treats. It’s the perfect way to learn more about the various countries, eating habits, how the people came to live here and what traditions they continue to honour here. It’s a unique meeting of taste and culture! 10 euro per person.  edit
  • Mine museum audiotour, Koolmijnlaan 201, +3211453025, [10]. This free audiotour makes an ideal addition to a visit to the Mine Museum. Download the app on your smartphone or tablet and allow former Coalminer Roberto Pasquali to guide you through the museum and tell you about his life in the Beringen underground. Numerous authentic photographs of life in and around Beringen-Mijn give a visual support of the story told by Roberto Pasquali. These photos come from the extensive archive of the museum and are all historical gems. Going from images from 1909 where you can admire the start of the construction of the Beringse site, to photographs from 1989 when the last coalcart was taken out of the Beringen coalmine. In short, the renewed audio tour 'Mijnmuseum' is more than ever worth discovering. free.  edit
  • Countryside Tour, Fonteintjesstraat 21, +3211425606. Parochiaal Centrum 't Fonteintje offers tours in a tourist train and rides in a covered wagon through the scenic countryside of Koersel.  edit

Events[edit]

  • Drive-In Movie Koersel This film festival first took place in 1989. A big movie-screen was built by volunteers of Club 9 using wooden panels on a wooden frame. The projector of the Roxy was used to screen the movies. The first movie, Skin Deep, screened on August 9, 1989. The event proved to be an immediate hit and marked the start of an intense collaboration between Jeugdhuis Club 9 and TheRoxyTheatre. Over time, this film festival has grown to become a large festival screening movies for 7 days in a row.
  • Slagkracht is a free dance festival in Beringen-Mijn. Climb the old spoil heap and treat yourself to an impressive panoramic view of the mine estate while dancing to the beats provided by the DJ.
  • be-Mine Blues is a blues festival in Beringen-Mijn.
  • Groes Party is a large festival in Koersel.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are several banks in Beringen offering an ATM. International transfers using Maestro, Mastercard and Visa are supported by all ATM's. The Belgian Post also offers international money pick-up in their offices.

Camping supplies can be bought at a shop called "Amerikaanse Stock", located in Paal.

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Local dishes[edit]

Almost every restaurant in Beringen serves the traditional Belgian dishes. But if you visit Beringen, eating a "vlaai" or "steppegras" is a must!

  • Limburgse Vlaai — A pie or tart consisting of a pastry and filling.
  • Steppegras — Steppegras is traditionally served as a mountain of very thin fries, crispy and golden yellow. It is usually served with steak or pork tenderloin underneath this golden mountain of fries.
  • Kapsalon — A dish consisting of fries covered with shawarma or doner, topped with cheese, put under the grill, untill the cheese melts, with salad on top. A real fusion of Belgian and Turkish cuisine. Buy a Kapsalon at a kebabrestaurant.

Ice Cream[edit]

Koersels Kapelleke is well-known for it's many ice cream vendors, of which "Oma's ijs" is most famous.

  • Oma's ijs (Ice Cream Parlour), Wielewaalstraat 1, 3582 Koersel, +3211874446. from 12:30pm to 11pm, 7 days. Most famous Ice Cream Parlor in the region.  edit

Take Away[edit]

  • Frieten — As with most Belgian towns, you can find many frituurs in Beringen. These are places of which the Belgians are really proud. Here you can buy the famous Belgian fries and other fried food for a reasonable price.
  • Kebab — Beringen has a large minority of Turkish people. Turkish people came to Beringen to work in the coal mine. They brought along some of their traditional food, such as Döner Kebab. Nowadays a lot of Kebabrestaurants also offer pizza.
  • Pizza — Beringen also has a large minority of Italians. The Italians also came to Beringen to work in the coal mine. Luckely for the people of Beringen, some of them opened pizzeria's, where you can buy some traditional Italian food.

Restaurants[edit]

  • De Posthoorn (Taverne), Koolmijnlaan 141, 3582 Koersel, +3211457852 (), [11]. De Posthoorn provides a sustainable employment for people who, for various reasons, have difficulty accessing the labor market. Enjoy some traditional Belgian meals at a reasonable price.  edit
  • De Vagant (Bistro), Bredonkstraat 19, 3582 Koersel, +3211432502 (), [12]. Best steppegras in town.  edit
  • Remise56 (Brewery & Grand Cafe), Albert I laan 56, 3582 Koersel, +3211183193 (), [13]. Enjoy a freshly brewed beer and good food at this historic location in Koersel. In the Grand Café you can drink, eat a nice lunch or an extensive dinner.  edit
  • Barnaba (Food Experience), Koersel-dorp 25, 3582 Koersel, +3211432502 (), [14]. Barnaba is a food experience where all guests can enjoy a delicious caffè, a small bite, a lunch or a dinner in a trendy, yet homely atmosphere.  edit
  • Het Groene Genoegen (Restaurant), Heerbaan 116, 3582 Koersel, +32475492999 (), [15]. Warmth and cosiness are our the main assets of Het Groene Genoegen. Their interior inspires them to an unaffected and timeless culinary break-up.  edit
  • Het Landerhuys (Grand Cafe), Kampweg 65, 3582 Koersel, +3211283100 (), [16]. With their years of experience, the owners offer classics on the menu that you can expect from a brasserie such as: filet-pur, steak tartar, scampi's, salads and lots of fun children's dishes.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Buy some local beers at the Remise 56 brewery. Visit the pub of Jeugdhuis Club 9.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotels are available in the region.

Stay Safe[edit]

  • Emergency number + Fire Brigade: 112
  • Anti poison center: +32(0)70/245.245
  • Card stop: +32(0)70/344.344 (In case of theft from credit cards)
  • Child Focus: +32(0)2/475.44.99
  • Police: 101
  • VAB: +32(0)70/344.666 (In case of problems with a failing car or motorcycle)

Contact[edit]

Beringen has full 3G/UMTS and Cellphone coverage. Belgian post office is located in the center of Beringen. You can buy stamps and send packages. Cards can be ordered in the post office or the local supermarket. You can buy a Belgian pre-paid phone card at the post or all supermarkets.

The phone regional code is: 011

Cope[edit]

  • Churches have a schedule printed near their entrance. Most services are on Sunday's. They are free and open for public.
  • The library can be found in the city centre. (Address: Graaf van Loonstraat 2, Beringen)
  • The police station can be found in Beringen-Mijn. (Address: Mijnschoolstraat 84, Beringen)


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