Things to see and do - Hasselt
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Museums and art
Guido Gezellestraat 2
This museum is sited in a magnificent restored builing with elements from the 17C and 19C. It deals with Hasselt's history thematically: birth and evolution of the town, links with Herkenrode abbey, art and culture, gin, ceramics, famous residents li..
Industrial tourism and theme park
Witte Nonnenstraat 19
This museum is set up in a former convent farmhouse converted into a gin factory in 1803. It has resumed gin production using 19C techniques. The tour takes you through the former stables to the kiln. Note the ground floor steam machine running the m..
Architecture, castles and historic districts
Note the Sweert (Sword) half-timbered house from 1659, now housing a chemist's. St Quentin Cathedral stands nearby, with its squat 13C tower topped by an 18C spire. The nave and side aisles were built in the 15C and gradually enlarged with the chance..
The garden of this former Beguine convent is still lined with rows of 18C Mosan-style, brick and stone beguine houses now converted into provincial authority offices. A modern building houses the Provincial Museum which organises international modern..
This fine 16C Gothic-Renaissance building, now housing government offices, was once a refuge for Herkenrode's Cistercians in times of trouble.
Museums and art
This museum, housed in a former 17C convent and hospital, relates fashion changes from the 18C to the present day, via documents, accessories and clothes.
Nature and gardens
This charming garden was created with the assistance of Hasselt's Japanese twin town, Itami. It was laid out as a 17C tea garden. A tea house and a fairytale ceremonial house were built between the ponds, rocks, winding paths, waterfall and cherry tr..
This 18C church houses marble sculptures from the Cistercian Herkenrode Abbey, founded in the 12C, closed in 1797, then bombed during the Second World War. The black and white marble high altar and statues of St Bernard and the Virgin Mary are by J. ..