History of Hasselt
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Hasselt is the capital of the
Belgian province of Limburg. It has a population of
68,000, and is located 70 kilometers east of Brussels, in the Maas-Rhine
region.The E313 roadway and
the Albert Canal pass through Hasselt from northwest to southeast.
Hasselt has a very contemporary demeanor, it is
an administrative center as well as a commercial one. The central "Grote
Markt" may not be that big, but the friendly atmosphere around thecosy
terraces and the numerous sidewalk cafés on the square certainly make
up for the lack of "grandeur" that typifies the Belgian Market Square in
cities such as Brussels and Antwerp.
Hasselt boasts several
interesting museums.Two museums of interest are the Stedelijk Museum, an
archive of fashion from 1830 onwards, and the Stedelijk Beiaardmuseum,
dedicated to carillons. An very charming tourist attraction is the beautiful
Japanese Garden on the outskirts of the city. Not far from Hasselt
lies also the magnificent Open Air Museum of Bokrijk, dedicated to
Flemish rural architecture of the past and the Flemish country life.