Situated on the Dutch border, Limburg is the easternmost province in Flanders, and the foremost fruit-growing region in the country. The lively, friendly market town of Hasselt is the provincial capital. It boasts a car-free historic center, with building dating back as far as the 11th century. Genk is another recommended stop. The city of 63,000 people is home to a zoo, a planetarium, De Maten nature reserve and Bokrijk, an open-air museum of 19th century Flemish architecture.
Restaurants in Limburg Province
5 based on 433 reviews
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5 based on 330 reviews
Because this was an American cemetery and not a British one I was not sure what I would see in it, however, it turned out to be quite interesting, apart from all the graves, which you might expect, the tour guide told us about one or two of the soldiers who were of interest, I also found the chapel to be of interest, as was the wall which featured the battles over Europe from France up to Holland and beyond, although my special point of interest was the sculpture of the Mourning Lady and the Lily Pond.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
We bought the combination visit pass for the St Pieter Fort and the underground caves. The guide was very funny and knowledgeable. It was a different experience walking through the dark tunnels and learning about the history of Maastricht. Highly recommended for couples and family outings.
5 based on 184 reviews
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery lies 2 miles northwest of the village Henri-Chapelle, which is 4½ miles northwest of the Welkenraedt exit (7 miles from the German border) on the Aachen-Antwerp autoroute. Welkenraedt
Over the years my wife and I have visited many of he Cemeteries and monuments commemorating the fallen in the two World Wars, from Normandy through Picardy and Flanders to Belgium; Commonwealth, American, and German. As New Zealanders on this trip we visited those associated with Passchendaele, the Great War battle which was so devastating for our little country. But all of these Cemeteries, wherever the fallen might have come from, are deeply moving and Henri-Chappelle is no different. Row after row of stark white crosses, broken only by the occasional Star of David, march across the landscape and it's hard not to get a lump in your throat thinking about the sacrifice of these young men. If you're an American you might have different views on the US involvement in these foreign wars, but you should be extremely proud of the way these Cemeteries are lovingly cared for. This is an astonishingly well-maintained memorial; the lush grass, the sparkling crosses and buildings and the bright Stars and Stripes waving proudly. A truly impressive site most will remember long after they have visited.
4.5 based on 161 reviews
First be sure that the place is open. Check and re-check on their website but also by calling them.
We joined a group and had the perfect guide in Dutch.
The tour took more than 3 hours and was amazing.
Without a guide you could see a lot but won't understand the lay-out of tbe fort and the way it was build ( taking into account the mistakes that were made in Fort Loncin).
It is cool inside!
Put this visit in your planning
4.5 based on 149 reviews
Founded in 1967, the association Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège is largely subsidized by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the City and Province of Liege. It is one of three major opera houses in Belgium. From the beginning, the institution occupies the Théâtre Royal de Liège, beautiful building loaned by the City of Liège (opened November 4, 1820). Its location in the heart of Liège and the Euregio, at the crossroads between Germany, the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France, attracts a wide audience both Belgian and international.
We attended several Performances at the newly refurbished Opera royal de Wallonie and enjoyed every minute of it! The performance was first rate (the Italian sisters of Cav and Pag, set in production by tenor Jose Cura -- who also performed the lead in both of these short works.) It was magical!
The opera staff is friendly and goes out of its way to assist visitors; it was a delight working with them.
The opera house itself is not imposing in the foyer area; I'm not sure if the reconstruction is complete but it is very shallow and when we were there still covered with rough construction detailing. Inside the auditorium, it seems each seat must have good sightlines and the acoustics seemed wonderful.
Women's bathrooms, as is true in far too many places, were small and with too few stalls.
If opera is your thing and you are in Belgium when the Opera Royal has a production, it may well be worthwhile to visit and enjoy a wonderful evening of music.
4.5 based on 160 reviews
We enjoyed a nice afternoon at the Lommel Sahara which is situated in the province of Limburg (Belgium) near the Dutch border.
The area consists of an extensive coniferous forest mixed with a desert landscape and lake. The arid and sandy landscape came about as a result of gases emanating from a former zinc factory located there nearly 80 years ago. The lake is the result of sand mining. Forests were planted around the area to prevent further expansion. We took the "orange" route which led us past a viewing tower that was opened in 2014. After many stairs and steps we climbed 30 meters to enjoy some stunning views over the area.
4.5 based on 158 reviews
The December 44 Museum is located in the hearth of the Belgian Ardennes, in the village of La Gleize, where the Battle of the Bulge was fought, on the northern part of the offensive. Surrounded by American airborne, armored and infantry forces, 800 German survivors of the 1st Panzer SS, a "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler" elite division, lead by Peiper, fled on Christmas Eve leaving behind 135 armoured vehicles including the 69 tonne King Tiger tank, still visible at the museum.The museum accurately recounts these tragic events through one of the most important collection in Europe, most of it collected on the very battlefield where it was fought.
I really loved this little museum. It tells a different part of the story about the famous battle of the bulge. A few days in December 1944 made a lasting impression. A German tank division followed the plan and swiftly took control of the area around La Gleize but because of many reasons all things went downhill (thankfully) quickly and the Germans fled in the middle of the night, leaving a lot of brand new tanks. All of this is documented with artifacts from the US and German army that were left on site (in case of the Germans) or donated by American soldiers. The movie in the middle is really nice because it just tells the story - really unemotional - with old movie material. This museum if very different than the one in Bastogne but the two together tell a really complete story, one more from the civilians point of view, and this one from the soldiers point of view. Only one of the German tanks is left and that one is parked outside the museum. I think this is one of the best tourist attractions around Coo, way more interesting that the famous man made waterfall at Coo.
4.5 based on 178 reviews
A visit to Malmedy, the massacre site, this museum, and the Memorial has long been on my "must visit" list, as my uncle was a victim of this atrocity. The museum is an excellent museum, with well organized/presented displays of the Malmedy events and war time life. The displays include many, many articles and artifacts connected to the massacre - including personal articles of soldiers and citizens. The displays are presented chronologically, with footprints on the floor to guide your walk thru the 2-floor facility. The audio guide is quite descriptive, and key points are also written in multiple languages on a plaque, in each display. I was actually very impressed with the collection of articles and the realism of each display - even if mannequins are used. (Certainly do not understand the negative comment from a prior reviewer about this.) If you look close enough at some of the uniforms, can still see the blood stains. Film on the second floor is shown in multiple languages, and is worth seeing. A nice gift shop is at the end of the tour. Of course I had a personal connection to the event, and found the museum impactful and moving. Well-worth the visit. The Memorial is a short 5 minute walk from the museum - at the crossroads - and is worth a stop as well. The chapel while simple, is also impactful.
4.5 based on 165 reviews
Het Mijnmuseum tells the story of the mines and mining in Limburg. The new museum opened in april 2012 and is highly interactive, with testimonials, a huge touchscreen and lots of audio and moviefragments. There is also the possibility to visit the underground simulation with an enthousiastic guide (ex-miner) to experience how the mineworkers had to work. There are programs for families, groups and schools.
My dad was a miner here, so were my grandfathers. Growing up in Beringen in the 80s the mine was part of life, always in the background, and its cultural heritage still lives on long past its closure.
I never bothered visiting the museum, figuring I knew what it was about anyway. But my dad really wanted to show his kids "what a tough life" he had ;) And I must say the museum exceeded my expectations. I was a bit disappointed we couldn't go down the actual mine tunnels anymore (too dangerous and they've been sealed off) but the basement exposition of how the underground looked was very well done too. My dad was an enthousiastic guide, but we also had one of the official guides join us in the basement and he was excellent.
On some Sundays larger parts of the museum are opened up (with official guide tour).
Outside there's a café where you can try out the local "koolputtersbier" ("coal miner's beer") and have some food. Actually the outside of the mine complex is rather interesting too if you're into industrial architecture.
One of the old mine terrils (the debris excavated from the mines) can be climbed as a vantage point (for free), and the other one is being turned into an "adventure hill" with mountainbike track etc. And by the end of the year they'll open up a diving school on the premise as well, we'll probably return then so my boyfriend can give that a try, it sounds very cool.
A surpisingly nice way to spend an afternoon.
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