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Hasselt
Region: Flanders
Province: Limburg
District: Hasselt
Area: 102.24 km²
Population: 70,035 (2006)
Population density: 685 /km²
Hasselt municipality and district in the province Limburg
Hasselt municipality and district in the province Limburg

Hasselt is a Belgian city and municipality, and capital of the Flemish province of Limburg. On January 1st, 2006 Hasselt had a total population of 70,035 (48.8% male and 51.2% female). Hasselt is located at the Demer river and is also connected to the Albert Canal. Hasselt is located in between the Campine and Hesbaye regions in the middle of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine. Administrative division. ... The Flemish region is one of the three official regions of the Kingdom of Belgium (alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region). ... Belgium is a federal state and is composed of three communities, three regions, and four linguistic regions. ... Limburg is the easternmost province of Flanders (which is one of the three regions of Belgium), and is located west of the Meuse river. ... This is a list of Belgian administrative arrondissements or districts. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... Image File history File links Hasselt_Limburg_Belgium_Map. ... Image File history File links Hasselt_Limburg_Belgium_Map. ... Limburg is the easternmost province of Flanders (which is one of the three regions of Belgium), and is located west of the Meuse river. ... The city of Chicago, as seen from the sky A city is an urban area that is differentiated from a town, village, or hamlet by size, population density, importance, or legal status. ... Belgium comprises 589 municipalities (Dutch: gemeenten, French: communes, German: Gemeinde) grouped into five provinces in each of two regions and into a third region, the Brussels-Capital Region, comprising 19 municipalities that do not belong to a province. ... The Flemish region is one of the three official regions of the Kingdom of Belgium (alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region). ... Belgium is a federal state and is composed of three communities, three regions, and four linguistic regions. ... Limburg is the easternmost province of Flanders (which is one of the three regions of Belgium), and is located west of the Meuse river. ... The Demer is a river in eastern Belgium. ... The Albert Canal is a canal located in northeastern Belgium. ... Campine (Dutch and Flemish Kempen) is a moor of swamp and sandy peat to the east of Antwerp, a coal-producing region with Turnhout as its main town. ... Hesbaye (Latinized as Hesbania in Medieval documents, modern French Hesbaye, modern Dutch Haspengouw), the region around Namur on the Meuse (Maas), Belgium, near Liège, was an important fief in the northwestern marches of the Merovingian kingdom of Austrasia. ...

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History

Hasselt coat of arms
Hasselt coat of arms

Hasselt was founded in the 7th century on the Helbeek, a tributary of the Demer river. The name Hasselt came from Hasaluth, which means hazel wood. It was one of the bigger cities of the county of Loon, whose borders were approximately the same as the current province of Limburg. Hasselt was first given a name in 1165 and shortly thereafter received the much sought after city charter. In 1232 this status was officially confirmed by count Arnold IV. Image File history File links Hasselt_coa. ... Image File history File links Hasselt_coa. ... The 7th century is the period from 601 - 700 in accordance with the Julian calendar in the Christian Era. ... The Demer is a river in eastern Belgium. ... The County of Loon (French: Comté de Looz) was a state of the Holy Roman Empire in present Belgium. ...


Even though the city of Borgloon was the official capital of this small principality, Hasselt was to become the biggest city thanks to its favourable setting and to the proximity of the count’s castle and the Herkenrode abbey in Kuringen. In 1366 the county of Loon became part of the Bishopric of Liège and remained so until the annexation by France in 1794. Maastricht became the capital of the area that was then called the Department of the Lower Meuse. After the defeat of Napoleon and the union with the Netherlands, the name Limburg was adopted, after the old county of Limburg which had never held power over Loon. Even when Belgium gained its independence, this name was retained and the name Loon disappeared. In 1830 Hasselt became the provisional capital of the Belgian province of Limburg. When Maastricht stayed Dutch in 1839, it became the permanent seat of its provincial government within the Netherlands, also called Limburg. In 1967, Belgian Limburg was detached from the Diocese of Liège and Hasselt became the seat of the Diocese of Hasselt. Borgloon is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... The Bishopric of Liège or Prince-Bishopric of Liège was a state of the Lower Rhenish-Westphalian Circle of the Holy Roman Empire in present Belgium. ... Flag of Maastricht. ... Meuse-Inférieure (Lower Meuse) is the name of a département of the First French Empire in present Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. ... For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ...


Transport

Albert Canal near Hasselt
Albert Canal near Hasselt

Hasselt is a traffic junction of important traffic arteries from all directions. The most important traffic artery is the motorway E313 Antwerp-Liège. Hasselt itself is enclosed by 2 ring roads. The outer ring road serves to keep traffic out of the city centre. The inner ring road, the so-called "Green Boulevard", serves to keep traffic out of the commercial centre, which is an almost entirely pedestrian area. Public transport by bus has been free of charge since 1997. There are also important traffic arteries to Tongeren, Sint-Truiden, Maastricht, Genk, Diest and Eindhoven. You can also visit Hasselt by plane. The city lies relatively near the airport of Brussels, Liège and the Maastricht-Aachen Airport. Private aircraft can land in Hasselt itself, on the airfield of Kiewit. Hasselt was the first city in the world that had entirely free bus services on the whole of its territory. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2560x1920, 735 KB) the Albert Canal in Belgium, picture taken from the Kuringen-bridge in Hasselt. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2560x1920, 735 KB) the Albert Canal in Belgium, picture taken from the Kuringen-bridge in Hasselt. ... The Albert Canal is a canal located in northeastern Belgium. ... Tongeren is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Sint-Truiden (also Saint-Trond) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg, near the town of Hasselt and Tongeren (Tongres). ... Flag of Maastricht. ... Genk is a city located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Diest is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. ... Country Netherlands Province North Brabant Area 88. ... Nickname: The Capital Of Europe, Comic City City of a 100 Museums Map showing the location of Brussels in Belgium Coordinates: Country Belgium Region Brussels-Capital Region Founded 797 Founded (Region) June 18, 1989 Mayor (Municipality) Freddy Thielemans Area    - City 162 (Region) km²  (62. ... Liège (Dutch: Luik, German: Lüttich; before 1946, the citys name was written Liége, with the acute accent) is a major city located in the Belgian province of Liège, of which it is the capital. ...


The centre

Hasselt City Hall
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Hasselt City Hall

WHO CARES?? The town centre of Hasselt is not large but very sociable. The centre is almost car-free and contains different historical buildings. The oldest building of the city is the Refugehuis of the abbey of Herckenrode. On the large market there are many pubs, restaurants and taverns as well as in the rest of the city. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2560x1920, 1192 KB) Rathaus in Hasselt - Belgien, 6. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2560x1920, 1192 KB) Rathaus in Hasselt - Belgien, 6. ...


The Demerstraat and the Koning Albertstraat are the most important shop streets. In the Kapelstraat and the Hoogstraat are expensive shops with the most famous brands. The St. Quentin's Cathedral and the Virga Jesse Basilica give the centre form. In 2003, the new TT-wijk has given the centre a new boost with a modern shop complex. In 2004, Hasselt was the first Belgian city to gain the title "most sociable city of Flanders"; and Hasselt is also taken as an exemplary city for good facilities for pedestrians in the centre. Flanders (Dutch: ) has several main meanings: the social, cultural and linguistical, scientific and educational, economical and political community of the Flemings; some prefer to call this the Flemish community (others refer to this as the Flemish nation) which is, with over 6 million inhabitants, the majority of all Belgians; a...


Monuments, parks and public fields

  • The St. Quentin's Cathedral [Hasselt Cathedral:[1],[2],[3],[4]
  • The Virga Jesse Basilica [Hasselt Basilica:[5],[6]
  • The Japanese garden
  • The abbey of Herckenrode in Kuringen
  • The Refugehuis of the abbey of Herckenrode
  • The Airfield of Kiewit
  • The different historical buildings and museums in the city
  • The nature field Kiewit
  • The Kapermolenpark
  • The town park, to the cultural centre

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Museums

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Famous inhabitants

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Events

Kiewit is the location of the yearly Pukkelpop (Pimplepop) festival, one of Europe's largest alternative music festivals with over a hundred concerts, at the end of August. Rimpelrock (Wrinklerock), a festival with music for people over fifty, is held at the same location. Pukkelpop is an annual music festival taking place near Hasselt, Belgium. ...


Also many events take place in the Ethias Arena, the largest arena in Belgium. Ethias Arena is a multipurpose arena in Hasselt, Belgium used for music concerts, sports (tennis, indoor cycling, jumping, etc) and other large venues. ...


Twin and partner cities

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See also

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External links

  • Hasselt (official site of Hasselt).
  • Fair Trade City Hasselt (campaign site).
  • Ethias Arena
  • Abbey of Herckenrode
  • Pukkelpop
  • Universiteit Hasselt (University of Hasselt)
  • Tourism Flanders
  • Tourism Limburg
  • HasseltLokaal - citizen journalists providing news of Hasselt


Municipalities in the province of Limburg, Flanders, Belgium
Hasselt: | As | Beringen | Diepenbeek | Genk | Gingelom | Halen | Ham | Hasselt | Herk-de-Stad | Heusden-Zolder | Leopoldsburg | Lummen | Nieuwerkerken | Opglabbeek | Sint-Truiden | Tessenderlo | Zonhoven | Zutendaal |
Maaseik: | Bocholt | Bree | Dilsen-Stokkem | Hamont-Achel | Hechtel-Eksel | Houthalen-Helchteren | Kinrooi | Lommel | Maaseik | Meeuwen-Gruitrode | Neerpelt | Overpelt | Peer
Tongeren: | Alken | Bilzen | Borgloon | Heers | Herstappe | Hoeselt | Kortessem | Lanaken | Maasmechelen | Riemst | Tongeren | Voeren | Wellen |


Coordinates: 50°55′N 5°20′E Image File history File links Limburg_(Belgium)_Flag. ... Belgium comprises 589 municipalities (Dutch: gemeenten, French: communes, German: Gemeinde) grouped into five provinces in each of two regions and into a third region, the Brussels-Capital Region, comprising 19 municipalities that do not belong to a province. ... Belgium is divided into three regions, two of them are subdivided into five provinces each. ... Limburg is the easternmost province of Flanders (which is one of the three regions of Belgium), and is located west of the Meuse river. ... The Flemish region is one of the three official regions of the Kingdom of Belgium (alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium. ... As is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Beringen is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Diepenbeek is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Genk is a city located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Gingelom is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Halen is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Ham is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Herk-de-Stad is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Heusden-Zolder is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Leopoldsburg is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Lummen is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Nieuwerkerken is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Opglabbeek is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Sint-Truiden (also Saint-Trond) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg, near the town of Hasselt and Tongeren (Tongres). ... Tessenderlo is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Zonhoven is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Zutendaal is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Bocholt is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Bree is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Dilsen-Stokkem is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Hamont-Achel is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Hechtel-Eksel is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Houthalen-Helchteren is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Kinrooi Kinrooi is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Lommel is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Maaseik is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Meeuwen-Gruitrode is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Neerpelt is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Peer is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Alken is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Province Limburg District Tongeren Area 75. ... Borgloon is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Heers is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Herstappe is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Hoeselt is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Kortessem is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Lanaken is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Maasmechelen is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Riemst is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Tongeren is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. ... Voeren (French: Fourons) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Wellen is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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