Things to see and do - Diest
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Diest Travel guide
Diest : Michelin's recommendations
Diest, set in a bend of the River Demer, is a peaceful town with partly-preserved ramparts. It was once a stronghold of the House of Orange, whose most famous member was William of Nassau, leader of the United Provinces revolt against Spain. He also founded the Orange-Nassau dynasty to which Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands belongs. St Jan Berchmans, patron saint of pupils, was born in the street bearing his name in 1599 and died here in 1621.
Tourist attractions Diest : Things to see and do
Begijnenstraat B - 3290 Diest
This 13C Beguine convent is one of the largest in Belgium. Its Baroque entrance (1671) is adorned with a niche housing a Virgin and Child. The current buildings, ornamented with gables and niches, date from the 17C and 18C. The former Apostelen conve..
Grote-Markt 1 B - 3290 Diest
The Town Hall crypt setting enhances the museum's appeal. Under 14C red sandstone Gothic vaulting, note a 15C painting on wood depicting the Last Judgement, the replica of a famous marble statue of the Virgin and Child and 15C-16C armour. The Romanes..
Grote-Markt B - 3290 Diest
The church of St Sulpitius and St Denis stands in the middle of this pretty square, lined with 17C and 18C houses and an 18C neo-Classical town hall.
Leuvensestraat 26-28 B - 3290 Diest
The charming 3-star Hotel De Fransche Kroon is centrally located in the historical city of Diest. Find yourself comfortably settled at walking distance from the Grote Markt and the Begijnhof. Rooms are nicely decorated and have their own bathroom. T..
Refugiestraat 23 B - 3290 Diest
Located in a characteristic 16th-century building, this romantic hotel offers tastefully decorated guest rooms. Across the street in the restaurant is a bright conservatory and a quiet courtyard terrace. Benefit from free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. ..
Kautershoek 1 B - 3290 Diest
In the mood for some sunshine without having to fly off to Spain? Try the perfectly prepared paella here and you will feel like you are there.
Veemarkt 2 B - 3290 Diest
Townhouse overlooking the square where the cattle market used to be held. Cosy classic and modern setting, fine terrace courtyard, carefully prepared dishes under cover.
Cleynaertsstraat 14 B - 3290 Diest
Although the Inquisition tribunals met here in the 17C, nowadays your only hard decision will be to choose the right dish among all the classics created by the chef.