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
The people of Kasterlee have been sharing stories and sagas about gnomes. Today, Gnome Mound (Kabouterberg) on the Kempen ridge is a unique project for children between the ages of 3 and 7. It is a wooded area with sand and dune ridges, where children can climb, crawl, and play in the sand to their hearts’ content.
Gnome storytellers accompany you on walks on Gnome Mound. A fun idea for a group outing, a family get-together or a birthday party. There are storytelling sessions for individual visitors as well, at regular intervals.
You can also explore Gnome Mound using your smartphone, with ‘The great gnome trek’. Fun little clips show you how the gnomes came to settle in Kasterlee, who fell in love with whom, how the wedding was organized, …
Frolic and walk on Gnome Mound every day from sunrise to sundown.
At the Kaarsenmuseum the unique and impressive collection of candles and other works by Frits Spies made in pure and naturally tinted beeswax can be admired. The museum is situated at the Dutch-Belgian border in Baarle-Hertog/Baarle-Nassau.
Visitors can park their car free of charge in close vicinity of the museum, about a five minute walk. Visitors on public transport - line 460 from Turnhout - can alight at the busstop "Baarle-Nassau Singel". The museum will be next to the church.
The museum is accessible for the disabled and is open from Tuesday till Friday from 11.00 till 16.00 o'clock. In the weekends the museum is open from 12.00 till 16.00 o'clock. On Whit Monday/Pentecost Monday the museum is open to the public.
The museum is closed from October the first till March 31, on Easter Sunday and Pentecost.
For groups the museum, when made an appointement, is open the whole year around.
On September, 1 2015 brewery De Koninck is opening an innovative and multifunctional beer experience centre.
Experience the history and unique ties with the city of one of the oldest active town breweries in Antwerp in an interactive and multi-media setting.
One moment you find yourself immersed in the brewery process, the next you are experiencing the typical rhythmic sound of a virtual modern bottling plant, complete with impressive visual effects. Then suddenly you find yourself on a walkway 4 metres above ground in the active brewing hall with a unique view of the dynamic heart of the brewery, experiencing the creation of the “Bolleke”, the typical, quirky beer by De Koninck and icon of the city of Antwerp, in all its facets.
An experience you will never forget, thanks to the latest in audio-visual technology.
The grand finale is a high-level beer tasting session where you will sample over 180 years of ground-breaking artisanal craftsmanship.
Start off your visit to Antwerp with a tasty bolleke De Koninck.
NEW: completely renovated Magic City outdoor fun park
NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER - IT'S ALWAYS PARTY TIME!
Adults always FREE !!!
Magic City: completely new outdoor fun park with loads of attractions
Popular fairy tales are brought to life including: Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Tom Thumb, Robin Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, the Sleeping Beauty, and lots more. Plus... there is also a go-cart circuit, ball shooting, huge slides, air trampoline, trampoline park and lots lots more! And for animal lovers a mini zoo.
New : Ball shooting, air trampoline, huge slides
Enjoy the atmosphere on the terrace where you can get something to eat and drink a reasonable price. • Tip: combine it with a trip to Super Play Town
Perfect for an adventurous animal filled day out !
Thanks to its wild natural character both humans and animals feel at home here. The Tropics Hall, The Savannah (about 2ha) and the walk-in aviary are 'musts' for nature lovers! As well as the white tiger and the white lion you will see lots of other animals : all kinds of cats, apes, white wolves, reptiles, spiders, zebras, exotic birds, ...
The childrens farm, the playground, the bouncy castles, plus the summer show make your visit a true play paradise!
Extras: Museum - self-service restaurant - Events: Halloween, Dreamnight at the zoo ...
For impressive 19th-century printing presses, rare playing cards, secretive beguines, historical trivia and lots and lots of art, follow the museum tour through the heart of Turnhout. The Museum of the Playing Card, the Beguinage museum and the Taxandria museum are all within walking distance from one another; the latter reaching great heights with the new establishment ‘Hotel Taxandria’. Each and every one of the museums is housed in buildings with a story of their own. The history of Turnhout and the Antwerp Kempen in all its facets!
Don’t forget to walk through the beguinage: UNESCO placed it with good reason on its Cultural World Heritage list!
Visit the TRAM 41 museums on the web: www.begijnhofmuseum.be, www.speelkaartenmuseum.be and www.taxandriamuseum.be.
Recreation park with many facilities for all ages: open air swimming pools, playground, miniature golf, trampolines, bicycle hire, all in- and outdoor sports accommodation, aeroclub, campground, wooded area with interesting cycling and walking routes, children's farm.