Top 10 things to do in Hasselt

Among travelers, Hasselt isn’t as well known as some other Belgian cities. But that’s what makes it such a fun place to explore: it’s off the beaten path and there’s no tacky souvenir shops, no chain restaurants and no risk of running into busloads of tourists. It’s the real Belgium,…

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Industrial past meets a green future

Belgium’s only national park has a new gateway, and it’s unique in many ways. For one thing, it’s not actually located in Hoge Kempen National Park, but adjacent to it. And that’s not the only way in which Connecterra is different from the other five recreation areas that provide access…

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Meet the penguins of Planckendael

Planckendael penguins

Planckendael, the zoological park in Mechelen, unveiled a newly renovated and expanded Americas section last month, just in time for the Easter holidays. The star attraction in the renewed zone, which includes animal species from North, South and Central America, is without question the penguin exhibit, where visitors have the…

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