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Hasselt

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Hasselt is a Belgian city and municipality, and capital of the province of Limburg. The Hasselt municipality includes the original city of Hasselt, plus the old communes of Sint-Lambrechts-Herk, Wimmertingen, Kermt, Spalbeek, Kuringen, Stokrooie, Stevoort and Runkst, as well as the hamlets and parishes of Kiewit, Godsheide and Rapertingen.On 31 December 2007 Hasselt had a total population of 71,520 (34,951 men and 36,569 women). Both the Demer river and the Albert Canal run through the municipality. Hasselt is located in between the Campine region, north of the Demer river, and the Hesbaye region, to the south. It is also situated in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion.HistoryHasselt was founded in approximately the 7th century on the Helbeek, a tributary of the Demer river. The name Hasselt came from Hasaluth, which means hazel wood. During the Middle Ages, it became one of the free cities of the county of Loon (which had borders approximately the same as the current province of Limburg). Hasselt was first named in a document in 1165 and shortly thereafter received the much sought-after city charter. In 1232 this status was officially confirmed by Arnold IV, Count of Loon. Even though the city of Borgloon was the original capital of Loon, Hasselt was to become the biggest city thanks to its favourable setting, and the proximity of the count’s castle at Herkenrode in Kuringen. In 1366 the county of Loon became part of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège and remained so until the annexation by France in 1794.
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Japanese Tuin
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Architectural Building
Abdijsite Herkenrode
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Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Genever Museum Hasselt
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
Domein Kiewit
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Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Hasselt

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Cave
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Duration: 3 hours
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Architectural Building
Gare de Liege-Guillemins Liege
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Military Museum
Bastogne War Museum Bastogne
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
Citadelle de Dinant Dinant
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Duration: 2h 30 min

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Biking Trail
Fietsen in en rond Hasselt
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Duration: 4 hours
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Theme Park
Plopsa Indoor Hasselt
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Virga Jesse Basiliek
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Aero Kiewit
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Hasselt

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Specialty Museum
Museum Heilig Paterke
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Modemuseum Hasselt
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Het Stadsmus
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Museum
Z33
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Hasselt

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Church
St. Quentin Cathedral
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Duration: 30 minutes
Cemetery
Het Oude Kerkhof
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Hasselt

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Garden
Limburg Lavendel
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Duration: 30 minutes

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