There is a fishing vessel tied up in the village of Boekhoute, a memory of a long gone era. In the Visitors Centre of Boekhoute, you will be introduced to the life of the shrimpers and their previous docks. It is a remarkable history of a fishing village without a harbour. Children can organize a hunt, together with Harry Shrimp and Peetje Gîrnaert through the exhibition.
In the attic you can find the exhibition ‘Courageous Women and the First World War’. This exposition explains the role of the woman during the First World War.
Five women take you along their path of life. You can look at life through their eyes. Life as a spy, a fisherman’s wife, a nurse and a soup dealer. Each of them tell their own story about the First World War.
How they survived and what kind of impact the German occupation had on their lives. For children there is a smuggling game, a game in which you become a smuggler yourself during the war.
The moated castle of Beersel is one of the few exceptionally well-preserved examples of medieval fortifications in Belgium. It remains pretty much as it must have appeared in the late 15th century. Over the course of the centuries, this moated castle has had a very eventful history. Visitors experience at first hand what it must have felt like to live in a heavily fortified castle in medieval times.
In 1999, the municipality of Beersel acquired the castle on lease from a national heritage foundation, the Koninklijke Vereniging der Historische Woonsteden van België (Royal Association of Historic Cities and Gardens in Belgium). The municipality aims to carry out repairs, renovations and upgrades to the castle. Since 2003 the castle has been undergoing a series of restoration campaigns.
Discover, taste and learn all the secrets of lambic beers from the Senne valley and the Pajottenland!
Visitor Centre ‘De Lambiek’ in Alsemberg is the ideal starting point for an instructive discovery tour along the breweries and blenderies in our region. Come in to sample the spontaneously fermented lambic beer, which has been brewed according to the same traditional methods for centuries. Matured in wooden barrels, lambic is the result of traditional techniques and expertise found nowhere else in the world. With their colours, flavours and scents, lambic-style beers are a source of refined pleasure and a perfect companion for moments of pure conviviality. A fascinating film on the brewing process immerses you in the history of this unique beer full of character!
For almost four centuries, Hingene Castle was the favourite summer residence of the aristocratic d’Ursel family. Each summer, the duke, together with his family and household, would arrive to take up residence in his magnificent stately home. Today, the castle is owned by the Province of Antwerp, which has been responsible for restoring this opulent residence to its former glory. Indeed, in 2014 the castle was awarded the Flemish Monuments Prize. Both adults and children are welcome to visit the castle for guided tours, concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events, including the biennial Castle Festival. Come and take a leisurely walk around the estate, have a picnic on the lawns or go for a jog in the woods. You can even become the king of the castle for a day, and receive your guests in this unique and sumptuous setting. Our events rooms are available to hire for receptions, dinners, seminars and reportage photography. • From 25 May to 15 October 2017 the castle is showing an exhibition entitled ‘The Beauty of the Beast. Animal Art by Old and Young Masters’. It includes works by artists of the 17 th, 18th and 19th centuries, selected by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp. On these pictures we find all the animals that have frequented the castle for centuries; domestic animals like cats and dogs but also farm animals such as chickens, cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs and donkeys. All the great names of animal art are here, from Roelant Savery and Frans Snijders, via Jacob Jordaens and Paul de Vos, to Charles Verlat and Henriëtte Ronner-Knip. ‘The Beauty of the Beast’ pits these Old Masters against scores of contemporary artists in what we see as a challenging combination. The Young Masters include Atelier Les Deux Garçons, Ruben Bellinkx, Pascal Bernier, Karin Borghouts, Caroline Coolen, Jean-Luc Cornec, Wim Delvoye, Mandy den Elzen, Stief Desmet, Jan Fabre, Laura Ford, Jef Geys, Idiots, Frieke Janssens, Gideon Kiefer, Jeroen Lemaître, Richard Mas, Linda Molenaar, Ronny Paesbrugghe, Erwin Peeters, Alet Pilon, Thierry Poncelet, Sarah Reynders, William Sweetlove, Mieke Teirlinck, Ferry van Tongeren & Jaap Sinke, Stephan Vanfleteren, Koen Vanmechelen and Willy Verginer. • www.kasteeldursel.be
As well as displays on the life and works of the famous Flemish poet, the birthplace of Guido Gezelle (1830 - 1899) also hosts temporary exhibitions about literature. The house also has a romantic garden and organic kitchen garden, where visitors can see Jan Fabre's piece 'The Man who gives Fire'. This was originally the country house of a rich merchant, where Gezelle's father worked as a gardener and his family had simple accommodation. The house dates from the 16th century and the surrounding estate initially extended as far as the residential area of Gezellewarande. The house was recently carefully restored and looks once again as it did during Gezelle's youth. The garden is a true oasis of peace.
Windmills have graced Bruges' ramparts ever since the construction of the outer city walls at the end of the 13th century. Today four specimens are left on Kruisvest. Sint-Janshuis Mill (1770) is still on its original spot and still grinding grain just like its neighbour Koelewei Mill. The Sint-Janshuismolen is the only mill you can visit.
The Volkskundemuseum is housed in eight 17th century almshouses, with a modern extension. Here you can see a classroom, cobblers, milliners, and cooper's workshops, a tailor's, a pharmacy, a patisserie, an inn, a Flemish living room, a bedroom, and traditional textiles. Each room contains a wealth of antique objects and authentic decors. On the top floor, you an enjoy our lace section. Next to the museum's tavern 'De Zwarte Kat' (The Black Cat), puppets, items of decor, props, posters, programmes and photographs are used to tell the story of the time-honoured Bruges puppet show 'Den Uyl'. With some luck you will meet Aristide, the living black cat and mascot of the museum.
The museum draws archaeology out of its purely scientific context with a mixture of archaeological findings, replicas, and reconstructions, demonstrating that archaeology is really the study of people and their environment through the ages. The museum also covers aspects such as landscapes and environment and how people dealt with them, how they lived, buried their dead, or produced food. Following a planned route, you can wander from prehistory through to the late Middle Ages, while fun tasks give even the youngest of visitors an insight into the archaeological process.
The 115 metres high brick tower of the Church of Our Lady is a perfect illustration of the craftsmanship of Bruges' artisans. The church displays a valuable art collection: Michelangelo's world-famous Madonna and Child, numerous paintings, 13th-century painted sepulchres and the tombs of Mary of Burgundy and Charles the Bold. Due to restauration works, some parts of the church are temporarily closed to the public. Therefore you can benefit from a rate reduction.