Hasselt

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Introduction

Hasselt is the capital of the Belgian province of Limburg.

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Sights and Activities

The town centre of Hasselt is not large but very sociable. The centre is mostly car-free and contains a number of historical buildings. Among the oldest buildings in the town centre are the St. Quentin's Cathedral (11th to 18th C.) and the "Herkenrode Abbey refuge house" (1542).

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Getting There

By Plane

Brussels is the nearest international airport with a significant amount of options. Maastricht/Aachen airport has options in Europe.

By Train

Hasselt station (NMBS), Stationsplein 2-3, ☎ +32 11 29-60-00. Train station with an information and ticket office.

By Car

Hasselt and its car parks are easily accessible by motorways E313 (exits 27 - 28 - 29) and E314 (exit 29).

By Bus

Good connections links to Hasselt from all municipalities in Limburg and Maastricht. Bus information: De Lijn Limburg, Tel. +32 70 22-02-00. De Lijn has a shop at the Station Square.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Public transport by bus is free for under 19s, otherwise 1 euro per trip. You need to buy a Hasseltpas in advance to take advantage of these cheaper fares and both the place you get on and off the bus have to be inside the city of Hasselt.

By Foot

The central part of Hasselt is small enough to enjoy by foot.

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Eat

The "Grote Markt" (large central market square) and the nearby streets are lined with pubs, restaurants and taverns. Try mussels in the restaurants on the main streets or the chocolate ice cream store in the city centre.

  • Ogst, Ridder Portmansstraat 4, ☎ +32 11 41 38 13. Su, M closed. Belgian-French cuisine with a Scandinavian touch.
  • Café Latino, Zuivelmarkt 12, ☎ +32 11 22 34 82. M, Su closed. Tu-Sa: from 18:00. A Mexican restaurant where the party always is on. This is also a good place to go to for cocktails.
  • Taratata, Kempische Kaai 7, ☎ +32 11 23 47 67. W, Th, Su closed.

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Drink

  • Fietsbar, Minderbroedersstraat 54, ☎ +32 484 61 96 62. M closed. Tu-F 08:00—18:00. Sa-Su 10:00—18:00. A bike repair shop with a bar inside. While drinking your coffee you can watch how your bicycle (or any other bicycle) gets repaired.
  • Shanti Beans, Dorpsstraat 43. A cozy coffee bar in the center of the alternative district of Hasselt.

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Sleep

  • Hostel H, Spoorwegstraat 80, ☎ +32 11 45 50 81, e-mail: hasselt@vjh.be. Located on the rear side of the train station in a new building. From €26,10. Annual members stay for rates from €23,70.
  • Express by Holiday Inn Hasselt, Thonissenlaan 37. Convenient and close to all amenities. Very limited parking and a walk to next public park house. Rooms standard European HI Express style. Breakfast basic but good.
  • Hassotel, Sint-Jozefsstraat 2-10, ☎ +32 11 23 06 55, e-mail: info@hassotel.be.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Hasselt, Torenplein 8, ☎ +32 11 77 00 00. Hotel of the popular chain. On the top floor is a a bar (Sky Lounge) with a great view over the city.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available in Belgium, but internet cafés are not common, because most people have internet access at home or through wifi. There are multiple internet access points in all cities and it is free in most libraries. Also in multiple gas stations, train stations and diners on the highways there is Wi-Fi available. Many cafés offer free Wi-Fi nowadays and if you can't find any you can always fall back on Quick or McDonalds which both offer free Wi-Fi.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Belgium is: + 32. To make an international call from Belgium, the code is 00.

Belgium has a modern telephone system with nationwide cellular telephone coverage. Belgium uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are three main companies (Proximus, Mobistar and Base, and a large number of MVNOs) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free. You can get sim cards for the three main companies in dedicated phone shops. Sim cards from the MVNOs are readily available at supermarkets (Carrefour, Aldi, Colruyt to name a few all have their own brand). All networks provide UMTS and HSDPA (3G) mobile internet coverage, and are rolling out a 4G network, mainly in the big cities and eventually in the whole country.

Post

De Post is the national postal service of Belgium, with Dutch, French and German versions. They offer generally fast, reliable services. It's a relatively expensive service though, with normal domestic post (cards, letters etc) up to 50 grams costing €0.61. To other European countries it costs €1.03 and outside Europe it's €1.34. At the post offices, you can buy stamps and they have other services as well, including international money transfers. The opening times of post offices are 9:00am or 10:00am until 4:00pm or 5:00pm, depending on whether it's the main central one or a smaller branch or in towns. Some of them might be open on Saturday mornings, and remember that quite a few still close for lunch break! De Post also offers the sending of parcels, but you could also use private international companies like UPS, TNT or DHL, as they offer roughly the same services and prices, but are generally faster.

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