'''Halen''' [http://www.halen.be/] is in [[Limburg (
Netherlands)|Limburg]], [[Flanders]] ([[Belgium]]).
Best way to get around is by motorcycle, bike, walking and/or public transport. Public transport is not expansive in Belgium and rather correct in timings however if you prefer your car there is no problem. All parking is free and there is always a good spot.
The churches of Zelem, Halen, Zelk and Loksbergen are nice old buildings. They are very often open for public. Chapels, if you travel around in the region you will spot them everywhere. They all have a small bank or location to sit down, enjoy the view and have a moment to think and rest. Monastery Sint-Jan in Zelem. It is sometimes open for public and an impressive building. The future of the builiding is not sure yet (2012) parts are up for sale. Let's hope someone makes a tourist spot of it! The old pots factory Jorissen at "de panoven" in Loksbergen. There is also a regional museum in Loksbergen where you can have a drink in a fully maintained retro environment. It is called "De Reinvoart" [http://www.reinvoart.be/] The market of Halen has some very nice renovated old buildings and café's. The watermill on the "Gete" (address: Zwarte Duivelstraat 35) Rotemse molen another watermill (address: Gidsenstraat 24) Museum "the battle of the silver helmets" [http://www.slagderzilverenhelmen.be/]
Certainly take a walk in the sunken roads located in Loksbergen and Zelk. If you like a good forest walk take the forests in Zelem.
Zelem and Halen do have lot's of sports and recreation facilities including, tennis fields, sports arena's and football fields. Zelem has a skateboard park next to it's sports and recreation arena. It is completely renewed in 2012.
Halen also has an athletic piste and an outdoor playground next to the tennis and sports area.
Once a year in may there is a big music festival in Halen called Springtime [http://www. springtimefestival. be/]
==Buy== Buy some local pie's and traditional cookies at the local bakery.
Halen also offers international food:
Chinese Wok restaurant "Kokkie Wok" (Address: Fonteinstraat 4) Mid budget takeway only. Turkish "Doner Kebab Erdal" (Address: Raubrandplein 20) Budget friendly traditional Turkish bread, plates and home made fresh Pizza. Both takeway and restaurant.
Hotels are available in the region of Diest and next to the exit Halen of the E314 there is also a classy, more expensive hotel.
Halen has full 3G/UMTS and Cellphone coverage. Belgian post office is located in the center of Halen near the market. You can buy stamps and send packages. Cards can be ordered in the post office or the local suppermarket. You can buy a Belgian pre-paid phone card at the post or all supermarkets.