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Genk

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History Museums · Historic Sites · National Parks
Genk is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. The municipality only comprises the city of Genk itself. It is one of the most important industrial cities in Flanders, located on the Albert Canal, between Antwerp and Liège.54% of the inhabitants are of foreign origin from about 85 different nationalities, mostly Italians, Turks, and Greeks.HistoryCeltic and medieval originsGenk probably originated as a Celtic village, and was converted to Christianity in the 10th century. The remains of a little wooden church dating from that period were found in the area. The first mention of Genk as Geneche can be found in a document dating from 1108, ceding the territory to the Abbey of Rolduc. Politically, Genk belonged to the County of Loon until it was annexed by the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in 1365.19th centuryDuring a century of on-going industrialisation further south in Belgium, Limburg modernised only slowly: Genk remained unimportant and small, growing slowly to a population of 2,000 around 1900. The peaceful village was the home of landscape painters and writers such as Neel Doff.
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History Museum
Open Air Museum Bokrijk
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
C-Mine
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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National Park
Hoge Kempen National Park
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Molenvijverpark
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Genk

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Ride / Activity
Bobbejaanland Lichtaart
1.9
Duration: 8 hours
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Garden
Japanese Tuin Hasselt
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Shopping Mall
Maasmechelen Village Maasmechelen
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Gallo-Romeins Museum Tongeren
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Genk

Specialty Museum
Mijndepot
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
GoalMine
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Yunus Emre Mosque
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church
St. Albertus Church Black Mountain
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Genk

Park
Genk Sundial Park
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Park
Thor Park
3.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Genk

Church
Christus Koning Church
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Church
kerk Sint-Martinus
1.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Spas in Genk

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Spa
Spas
2.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

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