Must see's and do's in the area
Studio Piet Stockmans
Studio Piet Stockmans is the only company in Belgium that develops hard porcelain. The material and its production are identical to that of the best porcelain manufacturers in Bavaria and Limoges. This year, Pieter Stockmans will celebrate his 50-year anniversary of working with porcelain.
Since setting up his studio in 1987, Pieter Stockmans has been exhibiting all over the world. Besides selling his work to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, he was also made cultural Ambassador of Flanders and has been awarded numerous prizes, including The Red Dot Award.
One of the studio’s milestones was the development and production of the plate for Albert of Monaco’s wedding to Charlene Wittstock in 2011. Additionally the studio has developed tableware for a large number of Michelin star chefs such as Alain Ducasse (Louis XV - Monaco), Simon Taxacher (Rosengarten – AU), Peter Goossens (Hof van Cleve – B) and Sergio Herman (Pure C - NL).
Bokrijk Open Air Museum and the Sixties
The Bokrijk Open Air Museum will take you back to the past. For example, to a Haspengouws square where the church bells ring, the priest preaches his sermon, the constable patrols as well as the farmer and his wife working on the farm. You'll become acquainted with long forgotten Flemish crafts. Did you experience the 60's and do you miss them? Or did you miss out on this period and would you like to experience them? In Bokrijk, 'the Sixties' come back to life in a brand new museum section!
Hoge Kempen National Park Kattevennen
Kattevennen is one of the five gateways to this great nature park. Kattevennen is the gateway to the MACROCOSM with the Cosmodrome as most prominent landmark. As well as stargazing, you can enjoy hiking, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, skiing, mini golf and romping around the playground.µ
Today, the renovated mine buildings of C-mine are home to several designers and artists such as the ceramic artist Piet Stockmans. You’ll also find the fashion and design academy, trendy eateries and the Euroscoop movie theatre there.
Why not visit the C-mine expedition while you’re there? It’s a unique and interactive experience going through the underground passages of the Winterslag mine buildings. At the end of the expedition, you’ll stand at the top of the 60m mine shaft with a spectacular view over the region.
Maasmechelen Village Outlet Shopping
With around 100 luxury brand stores, Maasmechelen Village Outlet Shopping is the largest shopping street in Limburg. Here, you will find the most famous international fashion brands at great discounts. Tip: You can also shop with a professional stylist.
Terhills Cablepark is famous for waterskiing and wakeboarding, which is suitable for young and old. Here, you are connected to an electrically driven cable, where you can be pulled over the water along with other people. Cable water skiing is similar to snow skiing in the way that you glide over the surface. Wakeboarding is very popular with younger people because of all the tricks and stunts they can do thanks to the obstacles in the water. Additionally, Terhills Cablepark has three cables which are suitable for beginners.
Enjoy a sensational day at Karting Genk, where sport, fun and adrenaline complete each other perfectly! Whether you come with family, friends or colleagues, from a height of 1m25, you can let yourself completely go at our beautiful outdoor track of 550 meters.Dangerous? Not at all! At karting Genk we place “Safety First”.
When it rains, you get a rain suite which often makes it even more fun! After or in between your karting sessions you can relax in our bistro “A La Kart”. Enjoy a well-earned drink and a tasty snack with a lovely view over the famous race-track, where even Michael Schumacher comes to Genk for.
Bilzen Mysteries is located at The Grand Commandery Alden Biesen. You can discover this brand new attraction after sundown.With a tablet in your hand and headphones on your ears, you make an unprecedented multimedia journey through 800 years of history of the Teutonic Order.
From the Brethren Knights on crusade, over dancing nymphs in the romantic Temple of Minerva, to a devastating fire... Immerse yourself in the enchanting scenery of Alden Biesen and a fascinating story based on true events.
A virtual guide will show you the way. This guide is the Lord Biesen (interpreted by famous actor Jan Decleir). Duration of the attraction: aprox. 70 minutes.
From sunset to midnight (last admission at 11 pm), during the summer months until 1 am (last admission at midnight).
During (Belgian) holiday periods: daily
Outside (Belgian) holiday periods: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday