St. Truiden

Travel Guide Europe Belgium Limburg St. Truiden

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Introduction

Sint-Truiden (French: Saint-Trond) is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg in the Flanders region, near the towns of Hasselt and Tongeren. The municipality includes the old communes of Aalst, Brustem, Duras, Engelmanshoven, Gelinden, Gorsem, Groot-Gelmen, Halmaal, Kerkom-bij-Sint-Truiden, Ordingen, Runkelen, Sint-Truiden proper, Velm, Wilderen, and Zepperen.

The city is in the centre of Belgium's fruit producing region, Haspengouw (French: Hesbaye), and is renowned for its pears, apples (Jonagold), and sweet cherries.

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Sights and Activities

  • Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk), Grote Markt. Main church of the town.
  • Brewery Wilderen, Wilderenlaan 8, ☎ +32 11 58 06 80, e-mail: info@brouwerijwilderen.be. Friday: 19:00-00:00. Sat, Sun: 13:00-00:00. Closed Mon-Thu. Located in an industrial heritage building dating back to 1743 the brewery and distillery that was founded in 1890 is one of the most appreciated of Flanders. There is a cafe with outdoor terrace where their beers and jenevers are served.
  • Brewery Kerkom, Naamsesteenweg 469, ☎ +32 11 68 20 87, e-mail: info@brouwerijkerkom.be. Bar: Apr-Oct: Daily from 10:00. Nov-Mar only Thu-Sun from 13:00. Individual brewery visits each Saturday (March to October) at 15:00. This brewery started in 1878 and brews about 10 craft beers. It is one of the highlights of the Sint-Truiden region, especially for beer lovers.
  • Belfry (Belfort). Belfry of the City Hall, together with 56 other belfries classified as WV-Unesco-icon-small.svg UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Friary Museum (Museum Vlaamse Minderbroeders), Capucienessenstraat 1, ☎ +32 11 67 29 71, e-mail: info@demindere.be. Tu-Sa 10:00-12:30, 13:00-17:00, Su 14:00-17:00. Museum dedicated to friary in Flanders, a 5-minute walk from the grand place. Free entrance, but gifts are welcomed.

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Getting There

By Plane

Brussels Airport (BRU IATA) is relatively close and you will need a change in Leuven to hop on a train to Sint-Truiden. The budget airport of Brussels South / Charleroi (CRL IATA) is a worthy alternative. To get to Sint-Truiden you will need a change in Brussels.

By Train

The Sint-Truiden Railway Station is located about 600 metres west of the main square in the centre. From Brussels main station (Centraal/Centrale) the train takes 58 minutes to reach Sint-Truiden. Leaving Leuven the journey takes 31 minutes.

By Car

You can exit the E40 motorway at exit 25 called Tienen or exit 28 called Sint-Truiden, from both exits it's about 20 minutes to the town.

By Bus

The Flemish national bus company, De Lijn, has lines to Sint-Truiden from for example Hasselt, Landen and Tienen.

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Getting Around

By Foot

The town centre of Sint-Truiden is compact and can easily be discovered on foot in a short amount of time.

By Bike

There are several very well maintained bicycle networks leading you to the city center without the need of using the regular roads. It will let you discover the beauty of the region.

  • Fietspunt Sint-Truiden, Stationsstraat (Next to the train station), ☎ +32 4 95 52 42 26. M-Fr 7:00-19:00. Sa-Su closed. Bike rental in cooperation with the regional tourism office Toerisme Limburg. Rents regular bikes (in green), electrical bikes, tandems and also bikes for children. It is compulsory to make a reservation in advance via phone. €10/day for regular bikes, €25/day for electrical bikes.

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Eat

  • Frituur Station, Tiensesteenweg, ☎ +32 11 69 20 80. Tu-F: 11:30-13:00 and 16:30-22:00. Sa-Su: 16:30-22:00. M closed. Belgian fries and other fried fastfood right next to the train station.
  • Osteria Coco Pazzo, Diesterstraat 44, ☎ +32 11 88-10-18. Italian restaurant. ± 40 Euro.

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Drink

  • Nieuwscafe, Heilig-Hartplein 5, ☎ +32 11 70 28 50, fax: +32 11 69-86-54, e-mail: info@nieuwscafe.be. Sun-Thu: 9:00—23:00, Fri: 9:00—00:00, Sat: 9:00—4:00.

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Sleep

  • Belle Vie, Stationsstraat 12, ☎ +32 11 68 70 38, e-mail: info@hotel-bellevie.be. Small scale hotel located between the train station and the historic town centre. €100.
  • Château de la Motte, Helshovenstraat 69, ☎ +32 11 48 10 86, e-mail: info@chateaudelamotte.com. €80.
  • Karrehof, Batsheersstraat 35, 3870 Heers, ☎ +32 11 48 51 77, fax: +32 11 48-17-09, e-mail: info@karrehof.be.
  • Het Pachthof, Thewitstraat 8, 3891 Borlo, ☎ +32 11 88 39 23, e-mail: info@pachthof.com.

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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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