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    Wolfgang d'Urselstraat 9, 2880 Hingene

    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

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    Frederik de Merodestraat 65, 2800 Mechelen

    Musea & Erfgoed Mechelen is building a new town museum in Burgundian City Palace Hof van Busleyden. The museum is opening its doors in 2018, but the building is partially accessible already for temporary exhibitions.

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    Kabouterstraat 1, 2460 Kasterlee

    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.

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    Kerkplein 2, 2387 Baarle-Hertog

    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.

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    Mechelsesteenweg 291, 2018 Antwerpen

    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.

    www.dekoninck.be

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    Koningin Astridplein 20-26, 2018 Antwerp
    Antwerp ZOO brings you closer to the animals!In the summer of 2017, brand new areas of Antwerp ZOO will open. The great apes will enjoy their new outdoors enclosures, where gorillas and chimpanzees can play and romp about in the rainforest, and the famous okapis will get their new conservatory. We offer a warm welcome in the new Flamingo square with its historic architecture. The spectacular panoramic view from the new restaurant shows you the new savanna with buffaloes and 250 birds, and the new lookout across the giraffes and zebras will complete your savanna experience from June 2017. But don’t forget to include a visit to the koalas, the reef aquarium, the butterfly garden, and the Skywalk, which includes a view of the red pandas in your visit. 80% of the animals in Antwerp ZOO are also visible in bad weather.Antwerp ZOO brings you closer to the animals.www.ZOOantwerpen.be/enCheck our day programme, and the excitement of our feeding times, at www.zooantwerpen.be.
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    Technologielaan ZN, 2800 Mechelen

    Laat je inspireren in Technopolis en beleef een unieke ervaring met wetenschap en technologie

    Fietsen op een kabel op vijf meter hoogte? Zelf een vliegtuig veilig aan de grond zetten? Een dutje doen op een spijkerbed? Wandelen op de ‘maan’? Je beleeft het allemaal in Technopolis, het Vlaamse doe-centrum voor wetenschap en technologie.

    Kijken en afblijven? Niets van! Technopolis is een doe-centrum waar je je uitleeft met meer dan 350 interactieve opstellingen. Je voelt, probeert en ervaart alles helemaal zelf. Want wat je zélf doet, begrijp je beter. Zo leer je op een toffe, spannende manier iets bij over wetenschap en technologie.

    Technopolis is er voor jonge ontdekkers én oudere onderzoekers. Iedereen maakt er kennis met de technologie en wetenschap die achter dagdagelijkse zaken schuilgaan. In het Kinder-doe-centrum gebeurt dat op kindermaat, terwijl Xplora de jonge schoolgangers verbaast en Inspirience de creatieve adolescenten uitdaagt. De Doe-tuin is er dan weer voor iedereen, want ook bij mooi weer is er wetenschap en technologie.

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    Voetbalstraat 16, 2275 Wechelderzande (Lille)

    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

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    Bukenberg 45, 2491 Olmen (Balen)

    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 ...