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Guidebook for Houthalen-Helchteren

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Guidebook for Houthalen-Helchteren

Drinks & Nightlife
The Very Best Cocktails ! ! Extreme Good ! Koks&Tales is the first true blood cocktail bar in Hasselt. Mixologist Rob Biesmans welcomes you with fresh, perfectly shaked cocktails in a stylish 30’s atmosphere.
Koks & Tales
9 Schrijnwerkersstraat
The Very Best Cocktails ! ! Extreme Good ! Koks&Tales is the first true blood cocktail bar in Hasselt. Mixologist Rob Biesmans welcomes you with fresh, perfectly shaked cocktails in a stylish 30’s atmosphere.
Join the pleasure revolution ! Versuz is a happening place, which welcomes 300,000 visitors each year. Extensive activities, ranging from nightlife, product launches, fashion shows and B2B events to concerts and congresses, mean that Versuz is not just a nightclub but also a Venue offering almost endless possibilities. The Venue – Versuz Versus : The Venu Since December 2013 we have been located in brand-new infrastructure. The various multi-purpose halls available each offer their own possibilities or can be combined to form one large area. Together they form a modern, flexible entertainment and events centre in Hasselt, with a total area of 5,800 m2. We rent out these areas for many different occasions and always look for the right solution to suit each individual customer. Versuz is at the cutting edge of modern technology, boasting the latest in sound, light and show effects. There are a total of 140 m2 of LED screens for video display. The technical costs are covered when you rent our location, and you automatically have the most up-to-date facilities at your fingertips.
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Versuz
70 Gouverneur Verwilghensingel
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Join the pleasure revolution ! Versuz is a happening place, which welcomes 300,000 visitors each year. Extensive activities, ranging from nightlife, product launches, fashion shows and B2B events to concerts and congresses, mean that Versuz is not just a nightclub but also a Venue offering almost endless possibilities. The Venue – Versuz Versus : The Venu Since December 2013 we have been located in brand-new infrastructure. The various multi-purpose halls available each offer their own possibilities or can be combined to form one large area. Together they form a modern, flexible entertainment and events centre in Hasselt, with a total area of 5,800 m2. We rent out these areas for many different occasions and always look for the right solution to suit each individual customer. Versuz is at the cutting edge of modern technology, boasting the latest in sound, light and show effects. There are a total of 140 m2 of LED screens for video display. The technical costs are covered when you rent our location, and you automatically have the most up-to-date facilities at your fingertips.
Parks & Nature
The name Kelchterhoef is an amalgamation of 'Calechtre' (the name of the wood) and 'hova' (Old Dutch for farm). Kelchterhoef has existed since the 13th century, when the Norbertines of Floreffe still controlled the area. Today Kelchterhoef is a wonderful family-friendly walking park located in the centre of de Wijers. Here you can walk and cycle, enjoy the tremendous nature or have a tasty snack in one of the restored farmsteads. Thanks to a whole range of adaptations and renovations, you are now able to enjoy the landscape to the fullest. Interested in water recreation? Then there is always the 'De Plas' recreation park with its 20 ha pond and a sandy beach with well-defined swimming area. Here you will find everything you need for a day trip full of swimming pleasure for all the family. Admission is free. Sailors, surfers and divers can go to the local sailing and surfing clubs.
Kelchterhoef
The name Kelchterhoef is an amalgamation of 'Calechtre' (the name of the wood) and 'hova' (Old Dutch for farm). Kelchterhoef has existed since the 13th century, when the Norbertines of Floreffe still controlled the area. Today Kelchterhoef is a wonderful family-friendly walking park located in the centre of de Wijers. Here you can walk and cycle, enjoy the tremendous nature or have a tasty snack in one of the restored farmsteads. Thanks to a whole range of adaptations and renovations, you are now able to enjoy the landscape to the fullest. Interested in water recreation? Then there is always the 'De Plas' recreation park with its 20 ha pond and a sandy beach with well-defined swimming area. Here you will find everything you need for a day trip full of swimming pleasure for all the family. Admission is free. Sailors, surfers and divers can go to the local sailing and surfing clubs.
Recharge your batteries in the Ten Haagdoorn nature reserve Entrance: Donderslagweg or Springstraat 3530 Houthalen-Helchteren This unique nature area of 800 ha with moorland, woods, inland dunes, ponds and moors is located alongside the Laambeek and on the Kempen plateau natuurreservaat Ten Haagdoorn In the reserve you can get a dose of healthy energy for hours in an unspoilt nature area. Perhaps along the way you will come across the flock of sheep: it supports nature management in the area. Schapen Ten Haagdoorn A map with marked walking paths is available from VVV-Toerisme Houthalen-Helchteren. The reserve can be accessed throughout the year from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. Admission is free. Naturally you may not walk outside of the paths. Your dog is welcome too, but only on a lead so as not to chase the flock of sheep, not to disturb the wild animals and not to hinder other visitors. More information: Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos Limburg Koningin Astridlaan 50 bus 5 3500 Hasselt tel. +32 11 74 24 50 fax +32 11 74 24 99 email: lim.anb@vlaanderen.be
Haagdoorn Heide
Recharge your batteries in the Ten Haagdoorn nature reserve Entrance: Donderslagweg or Springstraat 3530 Houthalen-Helchteren This unique nature area of 800 ha with moorland, woods, inland dunes, ponds and moors is located alongside the Laambeek and on the Kempen plateau natuurreservaat Ten Haagdoorn In the reserve you can get a dose of healthy energy for hours in an unspoilt nature area. Perhaps along the way you will come across the flock of sheep: it supports nature management in the area. Schapen Ten Haagdoorn A map with marked walking paths is available from VVV-Toerisme Houthalen-Helchteren. The reserve can be accessed throughout the year from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. Admission is free. Naturally you may not walk outside of the paths. Your dog is welcome too, but only on a lead so as not to chase the flock of sheep, not to disturb the wild animals and not to hinder other visitors. More information: Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos Limburg Koningin Astridlaan 50 bus 5 3500 Hasselt tel. +32 11 74 24 50 fax +32 11 74 24 99 email: lim.anb@vlaanderen.be
Park Molenheide
7 Molenheidestraat
Entertainment & Activities
The Aquapolis water park of Park Molenheide offers a world full of surprises and fun. A magnificent swim'n play paradise for all ages with 4 large swimming pools. For infants and toddlers there is a kiddie pool with play equipment and firefighter gnomes. With a water temperature of 32°C, lots of water fun is guaranteed. For older children there are 4 spectacular slides and a subtropical swimming pool. Mum and dad can enjoy a few healthy laps in the 25m pool. As a bungalow guest you receive a daily pass to the subtropical swimming pool at the time of booking. In the swimming paradise you have free WiFi access. The swimming paradise is open daily. Indoor playground Kids Valley is Belgium's indoor play paradise. Climbing, scrambling, sliding and jumping in a magical dream world of colourful play equipment, climbing towers, slides and many more. For example, shiver in the scary haunted house or chase Peg Leg in the pirate's house. Don't fancy some active play? No problem! We have also a children's cinema, a shooting gallery, a go-cart race track and many more. Children up to age 12 will have hours of playing fun in this mega in- and outdoor children's paradise of 7,500 m². Did you know that the facility covers a total area of 7,500m²? http://www.saraland.be/nl
Park Molenheide
7 Molenheidestraat
The Aquapolis water park of Park Molenheide offers a world full of surprises and fun. A magnificent swim'n play paradise for all ages with 4 large swimming pools. For infants and toddlers there is a kiddie pool with play equipment and firefighter gnomes. With a water temperature of 32°C, lots of water fun is guaranteed. For older children there are 4 spectacular slides and a subtropical swimming pool. Mum and dad can enjoy a few healthy laps in the 25m pool. As a bungalow guest you receive a daily pass to the subtropical swimming pool at the time of booking. In the swimming paradise you have free WiFi access. The swimming paradise is open daily. Indoor playground Kids Valley is Belgium's indoor play paradise. Climbing, scrambling, sliding and jumping in a magical dream world of colourful play equipment, climbing towers, slides and many more. For example, shiver in the scary haunted house or chase Peg Leg in the pirate's house. Don't fancy some active play? No problem! We have also a children's cinema, a shooting gallery, a go-cart race track and many more. Children up to age 12 will have hours of playing fun in this mega in- and outdoor children's paradise of 7,500 m². Did you know that the facility covers a total area of 7,500m²? http://www.saraland.be/nl
HISTORY (http://www.c-mine.be/Bezoek/Cultuur?lang=en) In 1900, Genk was a quiet village with around 3,000 residents. At that time, Genk was known for its beautiful nature, popular among artists and painters who used Genk as a setting for their pieces. In 1901, coal was discovered in Genk and three mining sites were developed: Zwartberg, Waterschei and Winterslag (C-mine today). As a result, the population grew exponentially: today Genk has about 65,000 inhabitants with 107 different ethnic backgrounds. The mines had some good years, but in 1966 the Zwartberg mine closed, followed by Winterslag (C-mine today) in 1986 and Waterschei in 1987. TODAY The city went looking for new opportunities for the enormous mine sites on its territory, including the Winterslag site. In 2000, the idea began to grow to accommodate a creative hub in the buildings of the old coal mine of Winterslag. In 2001, the city of Genk bought the site from LRM (Limburgse Reconversie Maatschappij) and the name "C-mine" was born in 2005. As regards content, the creative hub works on four cornerstones: education, creative economy, creative recreation and artistic creation and presentation. With a university college specialised in various artistic graduation subjects, an incubator for young entrepreneurs, a cultural centre, a design centre, a cinema, C-mine expedition, etc. the C-mine mission has succeeded. It has created 330 jobs in 42 companies and organisations, including around 200 jobs in the creative sector in 33 creative companies. Each day, C-mine produces: games, apps, websites, sets for television, drones, light shows, design items, stage productions, etc. C-mine is a site of creative makers in each of the four segments. FUTURE The C-mine mission has succeeded, but it never ends… At the site, each link is continuously looking for modernisation, innovation and creation. Everybody who is looking for a creative professional or recreational experience is welcome. From students, tourists, entrepreneurs, culture lovers and design enthusiasts to foodies.
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C-mine
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HISTORY (http://www.c-mine.be/Bezoek/Cultuur?lang=en) In 1900, Genk was a quiet village with around 3,000 residents. At that time, Genk was known for its beautiful nature, popular among artists and painters who used Genk as a setting for their pieces. In 1901, coal was discovered in Genk and three mining sites were developed: Zwartberg, Waterschei and Winterslag (C-mine today). As a result, the population grew exponentially: today Genk has about 65,000 inhabitants with 107 different ethnic backgrounds. The mines had some good years, but in 1966 the Zwartberg mine closed, followed by Winterslag (C-mine today) in 1986 and Waterschei in 1987. TODAY The city went looking for new opportunities for the enormous mine sites on its territory, including the Winterslag site. In 2000, the idea began to grow to accommodate a creative hub in the buildings of the old coal mine of Winterslag. In 2001, the city of Genk bought the site from LRM (Limburgse Reconversie Maatschappij) and the name "C-mine" was born in 2005. As regards content, the creative hub works on four cornerstones: education, creative economy, creative recreation and artistic creation and presentation. With a university college specialised in various artistic graduation subjects, an incubator for young entrepreneurs, a cultural centre, a design centre, a cinema, C-mine expedition, etc. the C-mine mission has succeeded. It has created 330 jobs in 42 companies and organisations, including around 200 jobs in the creative sector in 33 creative companies. Each day, C-mine produces: games, apps, websites, sets for television, drones, light shows, design items, stage productions, etc. C-mine is a site of creative makers in each of the four segments. FUTURE The C-mine mission has succeeded, but it never ends… At the site, each link is continuously looking for modernisation, innovation and creation. Everybody who is looking for a creative professional or recreational experience is welcome. From students, tourists, entrepreneurs, culture lovers and design enthusiasts to foodies.
Shopping
Carrefour Market Opening hours : maandag12:30–19:00 dinsdag 08:30–19:00 woensdag08:30–19:00 donderdag08:30–19:00 vrijdag 08:30–19:00 zaterdag 08:30–18:30 zondag 08:30–12:30
Carrefour market
1 Vredelaan
Carrefour Market Opening hours : maandag12:30–19:00 dinsdag 08:30–19:00 woensdag08:30–19:00 donderdag08:30–19:00 vrijdag 08:30–19:00 zaterdag 08:30–18:30 zondag 08:30–12:30
Open on Sundays : whole day maandag 08:30–20:00 dinsdag 08:30–20:00 woensdag 08:30–20:00 vrijdag 08:30–20:00 zaterdag 08:30–20:00 zondag 08:30–19:00
Carrefour market
Open on Sundays : whole day maandag 08:30–20:00 dinsdag 08:30–20:00 woensdag 08:30–20:00 vrijdag 08:30–20:00 zaterdag 08:30–20:00 zondag 08:30–19:00
Sightseeing
The current castle Ter Dolen (De Dool) in Helchtern dates back to the 16th Century, but its history dates back much earlier. During the middle ages, the estate served as the summer residence, and later, refuge, for the abbots of the Abbey of Sint-Truiden. Its first recorded mention even goes back as far as 1282. Guided tours to the castle brewery take place every Saturday, Sunday and holiday, at 3PM. During 45 minutes, you are introduced to the secrets of brewing and the history of our castle, De Dool, in a lighthearted manner. Tickets cost €7 per person, and include a beverage after the tour. You will receive a confirmation e-mail. If you come in group (15 persons or more), you can also request a tour via the reservation form, and tick the box for group tours. http://www.terdolen.be/index
Brouwerij De Dool NV
21 Eikendreef
The current castle Ter Dolen (De Dool) in Helchtern dates back to the 16th Century, but its history dates back much earlier. During the middle ages, the estate served as the summer residence, and later, refuge, for the abbots of the Abbey of Sint-Truiden. Its first recorded mention even goes back as far as 1282. Guided tours to the castle brewery take place every Saturday, Sunday and holiday, at 3PM. During 45 minutes, you are introduced to the secrets of brewing and the history of our castle, De Dool, in a lighthearted manner. Tickets cost €7 per person, and include a beverage after the tour. You will receive a confirmation e-mail. If you come in group (15 persons or more), you can also request a tour via the reservation form, and tick the box for group tours. http://www.terdolen.be/index
Best Icecream In Belgium ! Sonnisheide sheep farm Ossevenstraat 6 3530 Houthalen-Helchteren tel. +32 11 52 21 76 Sonnisheide is a company where tasty and healthy lamb is still produced. On this farm they also prepare ice cream using fresh cow's milk. The ice cream is created using only natural ingredients, without any additives and colouring. The owners will show you around and tell you about working and living on a farm.
Sonnisheide
Best Icecream In Belgium ! Sonnisheide sheep farm Ossevenstraat 6 3530 Houthalen-Helchteren tel. +32 11 52 21 76 Sonnisheide is a company where tasty and healthy lamb is still produced. On this farm they also prepare ice cream using fresh cow's milk. The ice cream is created using only natural ingredients, without any additives and colouring. The owners will show you around and tell you about working and living on a farm.
Food Scene
Top Quality Restaurant !
Innesto
9 Grote Baan
Top Quality Restaurant !
Fast Food
McDonald's
36 Grote Baan
Fast Food
Best Italian Restaurant !
Cucina Di Giò
137 Weg naar Zwartberg
Best Italian Restaurant !
Very Good Belgian fries !
Snackbar & Restaurant José
434 Grote Baan
Very Good Belgian fries !
Very good brasserie
Fratelli
1 Groenstraat
Very good brasserie
Arts & Culture
Explore more than 100 historical houses, and experience with all 5 senses how people used to live. How did children get to school, and how did they clean laundry without a washing machine? Meet actors playing the parts of teacher, priest or farmer, who involve you as visitor in their daily work. Get acquainted with ancient crafts and techniques which live on in contemporary design. Meet the blacksmith or shepherd, and let them tell you the countless stories of life in Bokrijk...
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Bokrijk Domein
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Explore more than 100 historical houses, and experience with all 5 senses how people used to live. How did children get to school, and how did they clean laundry without a washing machine? Meet actors playing the parts of teacher, priest or farmer, who involve you as visitor in their daily work. Get acquainted with ancient crafts and techniques which live on in contemporary design. Meet the blacksmith or shepherd, and let them tell you the countless stories of life in Bokrijk...