The sugar town of Tienen, situated in hilly Hageland country, has a rich history, as well as inspiring monuments and fine buildings. You can see that Tienen was a former Roman settlement by enjoying a visit to 'het Toreke' museum. The totally refurbished layout of the displays introduces you to a mystical and fascinating world dealing with the rituals about life and death in Roman times. We also show you the results of the excavations that began in 1997, uncovering the largest Roman cemetery in the Benelux. This extensive 'dig' has revealed a treasure trove of objects and finds and gives us a look at the burial rites of the Romans and what they thought about the dead and the hereafter. Guided tours can be arranged.
Situated nearby is the Sugar Museum, which guarantees a unique and almost overwhelming experience. Take an audio-guide on the surrealistic “search for the lost taste of sugar”, which immerses you in an amazing world of fact and fiction. The whole rich and colourful world of sugar is covered on the tour: the enthralling social history of the seasonal worker, harvesting the beet and processing it into sugar, the way bees produce honey, the effect that sugar has on our body and all the possible uses that sugar can be put to. Simply not to be missed!
The Sugar Museum will close somewhere in 2017 and will be replaced by a new visitor centre with the name Z.O.E.T. (sweet).
De Hofstadt, formerly the residence of the Lords of Diest, is where visitors can see some of the best works of art from the Diest collection. "The Annunciation" a painting by Hendrick ter Brugghen, one of the greatest painters from the Utrecht school, is the showpiece of the new museum. One of the major Flemish works of art.
The Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren is both a museum and research institute on Central Africa.
Since its founding in 1898, its task has been to preserve and manage collections, carry out scientific research, and disseminate knowledge to a wide audience through scientific, educational, and museological activities.
On 1 December 2013 the museum building closed its doors until Spring 2018 for renovation. In the meantime, the scientific institute will continue its usual research activities in Tervuren. Our libraries also remain open to the public.
The town hall is Leuven's pride and joy. Moreover, it's one of the best-known Gothic town halls worldwide. It took three architects and thirty years to build it. Leuven's 'Hall of Fame' features 236 statues, which were only added to the façade after 1850. There are 220 men and 16 women in total. On the bottom floor are famous Leuven scientists, artists and historical figures, dressed in Burgundian garb. The first floor is reserved for the patron saints of the various parishes of Leuven. Above them the façade is adorned by the counts and dukes of Brabant while the towers primarily feature biblical figures.
A day powered by water, wind and muscles Welcome at the MOT, an ideal place for a family outing. Three historic buildings, Guldendal, Liermolen and Tommenmolen, surrounded by nature, in the lovely town of Grimbergen, invite you to an inspirational day out. There is plenty to do, inside and outside the Museum.
You will discover a unique collection of tools; two authentic water mills and demonstrations in forging, milling or bread baking. Your children will get a chance to recapture the old profession of the wheelwright, they’ll learn all there is to know about wood or get soaked in foaming lather and dirty laundry. Come and enjoy a lively and active museum in a charming picturesque green setting.
In addition to a permanent collection of paintings from the "School of Tervuren" which includes works by Boulenger, Coosemans, Montigny and others, this museum gives an overview of Tervuren's illustrious past. At the Tervuren tourist office you can pick up a colourful 'to do'- booklet for young visitors.
Enjoy the botanic Garden Meise to the rhythm of the seasons!
18,000 different kinds of plants are growing and blossoming on a green, historical, 92 hectares large site. Come and enjoy the tropical splendour in the greenhouses of the botanic palace. Make a walk and relax in the gardens and arboreta.
Throughout the year we offer you mapped out walks, so you can discover the botanic Garden at your own pace: Discover the winter bloomers when it is cold, the Magnolias when spring comes along, the autumn colours in the fall... Don't miss it when the garden is waking up during a walk through the dawn and the giant water lilies are opening during the Nocturne. Immerse yourself in the history of the botanic garden during the castle weekend or come and have a picnic on the longest day of the year. Regularly check our website for activities, events and workshops.
Beguinage 'Beguine Court. Come to my court my Brides of Christ’
The Beguinage of Diest was founded in 1253 by Arnold IV, the Lord of Diest. It is one of the 13 Flemish beguinages to appear on the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites. This typical urban beguinage has one of the most beautiful entrance gates built in Rubens baroque style in 1671. One immediately gets a sense of the serenity, harmony and nature of the closed mediaeval communities in the beguinages. Most of the houses date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The Sint Catharina Church is one of the typical13th and 14th century beguinage churches.
The provincial domain of “Het Vinne” is the ideal place to relax for a spell. Enjoy the new visitor centre and long strolls along the lake. Learn to recognise the flora and fauna with a guided tour or without. Bicycle rental: Vinne is located in the midst of countless hiking and bike trails in the vicinity of the City of Zoutleeuw. Then treat yourself to some refreshment in the bistro, while the children let of steam in the nearby playground. For more information on what is on offer, please go to our website.