So much to do in and around Tongeren!
Tongeren, a very central location for a multi-day stay in Haspengouw
to experience lots of things!
With the tips on this page, we would like to help you to plan a beautiful holiday in and around the oldest city in Belgium
Winemakers Guy Geunis, Maxim Geunis, Theo Pasque and Rik Schreurs started a vineyard in Jesseren (Hoogveld) in the 90s. They decided to focus on sparkling wines from the three champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Optimbulles makes it a point of honor to work as naturally as possible and not to sweeten it so that one speaks of Brut Nature. For several years, high-quality apples from Borgloon have also been used to make sparkling wine. Optimbulles also makes red and white natural wines.
Tour by the winemaker himself between the vines, followed by a tasting in the middle of the vineyard.
Wine terrace: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - free admission, tasting for a fee
Tour by the winemaker himself between the vines, followed by a tasting in the middle of the vineyard.
Tasting with three glasses: € 10 per person
Visits are only possible by reservation. Preferably on Wednesday or in the weekend.
Afstand van het hotel : 7 km
Wijndomein Sassenbroek - mousserende wijn 'CLAIRE MARTIN'
Wijndomein Sassenbroek is the local producer of the Flemish sparkling quality wines "Claire Martin".
The sparkling wines are produced according to the traditional method, as the Champagnes are made in France.
This is done entirely in-house, at the winery in Zonhoven.
Claire Martin is an honest product, produced with respect for nature.
It is also a delicious product that is welcomed by connoisseurs.
These undosed sparkling wines are fresh and fruity with a nice balance between rounded acids and fruity and mineral aromas. Very tasty with fresh dishes such as fruits de mer or fish, and excellent as an aperitif.
The vineyard is beautifully situated in Borgloon - Broekom, exactly where the foundations of the Roman villa "Sassenbroek" were found at the end of the 1980s, and within walking or cycling distance of the Borgloon tourist routes.
Groups are welcome from 10 people and by appointment.
You get background information about the Roman history of the place, about the history of viticulture in Limburg, about us.
The vine grower and winemaker Johan Bellens explains the work in the vineyard.
you finish of course with a glass of Claire Martin
Wine can be purchased afterwards.
Cost for the tour incl. tasting is 15 euros per person.
The vineyard is freely accessible to everyone during the wine terrace weekends.
Johan is ready for those who would like to know more about the work in the vineyard and in the winery.
Those who want to can spread their picnic blanket
Ideal as a stopover during a walk in Borgloon or to come and enjoy the beautiful nature.
Admission is free, for a glass of Claire Martin you pay € 5.
Afstand van het hotel : 12 km
Youngest generation Vanmarsenille-Cornelis takes the step to growing white and red grapes. The seven grandchildren of Paul Vanmarsenille give new purpose to "difficult" fields. The surface appears to be the ideal soil for the construction of a unique vineyard.
Spicy detail: the vineyard is in the "Marsnil" area, undoubtedly the origin of our Vanmarsenille family name. This place is already mentioned on the Herkenrode maps (1660) as "The Marsenil velt": Mars = swamp, ille = island.
For the time being, the vineyard has 1400 Chardonnay sticks. In 2017, 800 Pinot Noir sticks, 150 Riesling, 150 Gewurztraminer and 150 Auxerrois were added. The cultivation takes place naturally, with preparations based on herbs and plants from the environment, without the use of pesticides. Unique in Flanders.
Would you like to have a look behind the scenes of our family winery combined with a wine tasting dinner or lunch? Our family provides guided tours and tastings by appointment!
Afstand van hotel : 18 km
About Jerom Winery
A new future for Haspengouw
Jeroen and father prof. Ghislain Houben saw the crisis in the apple and pear sector as an opportunity to make tasty wines. In the rolling Haspengouw landscape, on southern and somewhat higher flanks, vineyards where once orchards stood. Jerom Winery purchases the harvest from the local fruit grower in its entirety, thus creating sustainable collaborations. (more: www.jeromwinery.be) Come and discover it and taste it.
Discover and taste it at your own pace, € 6 per person.
Ask for our wine experience in the bicycle café (Helshovenstraat 18, Borgloon), you will receive a map that will guide you around the farm. On the basis of a virtual film and explanation through the vineyard, Jeroen shows you what is unique about making wine in Belgium. After this experience you can take a seat for the tasting. 3 different wines to fully use your senses: view, smell and taste the Haspengouw terroir.
Afstand van hotel : 17 km
The domain has vineyards in Jesseren and Kerniel. Spread over an area of approximately 2.5 hectares, there are around 12,000 poles. Sparkling wines are mainly produced, but in the meantime also red and white wines. Domein Cuvelier is convinced that in order to obtain the right aromas, the grapes must be perfectly ripe for harvesting
Interested in visiting the wine domain?
This is possible with a guided tour and tasting. Only on reservation
Afstand tot hotel : 10 km
Domain Schorpion has an area of almost 2 hectares. It is located on a southern slope in Vliermaal. We make sparkling wine according to the Méthode Traditionnelle.
During the months April - September you are welcome every Sunday from 2 pm for our wine terrace. If you would like to purchase wine, you can do this by appointment. Are you already in the area? You can always ring the bell!
Afstand van het hotel : 9 km
Wijngaard Clos d'Opleeuw
De wijngaard Clos d’Opleeuw (1 ha) ontleent zijn naam aan de volledige ommuring, die dateert van ± 1840.
Deze omstandigheid maakt hem uniek in België. Daardoor bezit hij immers een specifiek microklimaat waardoor het mogelijk is een kwaliteitsvolle chardonnaywijn te maken.
Hij ligt op een zuidelijke helling in het mooie, pittoreske Haspengouwse dorpje Gors-Opleeuw.
De wijn, met als officiële herkomstbenaming “Haspengouw”, wordt gevinifieerd door Peter Colemont, docent algemene wijnkennis, degustatie Franse wijnen en gastronomie en wijn aan het Centrum voor Volwassenenonderwijs Hogere Leergangen te Hasselt.
Hij past alleen de allerfijnste vinificatietechnieken toe.
De wijn verblijft 1 jaar in eikenhouten vaten van de allerhoogste kwaliteit. Er wordt zowel met Franse als met Belgische eik gewerkt. Dat laatste maakt de wijn Clos d’Opleeuw dan ook uniek!
Afstand van hotel : 9 km
Gloire de Duras
Peter Nijskens started a family project in viticulture in 2015. The wine estate Gloire de Duras is mainly located in Wilderen and Duras. The planted vines are Chardonnay, Auxerrois and Pinot Gris. The Nijskens family also planted Riesling in the walled garden of the Castle of Duras.
Individual visits: every Sunday in April 2020, Sunday 10 and 24 May 2020, Sunday 14 June 2020 and Sunday 13 December 2020. The tour starts promptly at 3 p.m. The vineyard is visited in good weather. You will receive one sample afterwards. Price: € 5 per person.
Groups: by appointment throughout the year.
Wine weekend: Sunday, July 19, 2020 and Tuesday, July 21, 2020, free entry from 1 pm to 8 pm. Unique tours in the clos at the Castle of Duras. You can register for the tour by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The price for the tour is € 5 per person. The tours take place at 13:30, 15:30 and 17:30.
Afstand van hotel : 27 km
Watchtower from 2021
In 2021 the sturdy Gothic tower of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwebasiliek will be open to the public. At a height of 55 meters you will enjoy a beautiful view of the city of Tongeren and the rolling, green Haspengouw around it.
Whoever wants to get to the roof will have to climb a total of 300 steps. So it will also be a sporting exercise. But it will also be a museum trail for visitors. On the way up, the story of the tower - originally built as the belfry of the medieval city of Tongeren - is shown and told. There will be a platform where visitors can enjoy a truly magnificent panorama: Maastricht, the straight-lined paved roads, the rolling Haspengouw, the mine rils, but also a spectacular bird's eye view from the basilica itself
The Basilica of Our Lady
Dit is één van de mooiste gotische religieuze bouwwerken van België. De constructie nam 300 jaar in beslag. De eerste stenen werden al in 1240 gelegd, bovenop de restanten van nog veel oudere gebouwen. Het imposante belfort van de basiliek prijkt op de Werelderfgoedlijst van UNESCO
Antique and flea market
Every Sunday thousands of visitors from all over the world browse around 40 renowned antique shops and more than 350 exhibitors. A vibrant atmosphere in a historic setting.
From Neanderthal to Gallo-Roman. The permanent exhibition tells the multifaceted story of mankind in the Limburg region. From prehistory to the end of Roman times.
You step inside the beautiful story of the religious art treasures or you discover the secrets of the archaeological subsurface. There is a separate course for every age. An interesting opportunity to unravel the fascinating past of Tongeren.
The milestone route guides you through the rich heritage of the city. Follow the stepping stones in the colored letter “M”. We are happy to lend you a Milestone guide to discover these 3 tours (red, blue and green).
House of Theelen
Huis Theelen is located in a former canon house. These houses formed a separate neighborhood in the city until the end of the 18th century and housed the canons who controlled the chapter of the basilica. Between 1890 and 1918, founder and publisher Nicolaas Theelen established his printer there and published "Algemeen Belang der Provincie Limburg", Het Belang van Limburg", meaning "The Importance of Limburg".
Walking between dry and humid Haspengouw
These are 6 signposted walks where you walk on the slopes of the flowering fruit trees and the characteristic southern agriculture. You walk through Piringen, Overrepen, Kolmont, Neerrepen and Riksingen. Good for 40 km of walking pleasure. An accompanying hiking map is available.
Walking along the Jeker
From the old Tongeren city walls, the Jeker flows powerfully through the Haspengouw landscape and gives shape to the entire area. Follow the flanks of this river via 9 signposted routes that take you through the Tongeren suburbs Sluizen, Mal, Nerem and the nature reserve “De Kevie”. Here you really imagine yourself in the uninhabited world. An accompanying hiking map is available
Enjoy a walk in nature and choose a tour in "De Kevie"
De Kevie is een uitgestrekt natuurgebied met een zeer waardevolle fauna en flora. Dit natuurgebied ligt vlakbij het centrum. Dit natuurpark heeft tot doel kwetsbare dier en plantsoorten en hun habitat te beschermen. Er zijn 4 bewegwijzerde wandelingen tussen 2 km en 8 km.
Haspengouw on wheels
Montainbikenetwork Euregio :
Dit netwerk loopt grotendeels over landelijke paden en veldwegen in de provincie Belgisch en Nederlands Limburg. Info vind je terug op www.sportvlaanderen.be
Interessante fietsroutes in en rond de oudste stad van België bevat 4 uitgewerkte fietslussen. De routes zijn tussen de 26 km en 45 km en voeren je doorheen de landelijke omgeving van Haspengouw. Kaart is verkrijgbaar bij toerisme Tongeren en via onderstaande link. Op de website kan je de GPS coördinaten downloaden.
Walking in the Voer region.
The Voeren region is one of the most beautiful Flemish walking regions. You can now explore the beautiful landscape via the signposted hiking network, good for around 125 kilometers of walking pleasure. With the help of more than 90 numbered junctions you can plan your walk on unpaved and traffic-restricted paths. You can also determine the length of your course yourself in advance. Or you can follow one of the themed walks that lead you along forests, rivers, hollow roads, stately farms and castles, special craftsman houses and beautiful panoramas. The most beautiful walk in Flanders holiday country (Sources Walk) is also part of this network.
The most beautiful fairy tales from Grimm
Two hundred years ago, Grimm's fairy tales were translated into Dutch for the first time. Two hundred years of Grimm and eight hundred years of Alden Biesen: no fairy tales from a thousand and one nights, but an enchanting exhibition for the entire family about Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and all the other famous Grimm fairy-tale characters.
De ideale familie uitstap deze zomer!
City musicians festival
On Sunday, June 23, 8 bands and singer-songwriters play as street musicians in the charming Begijnhof during the City Musicians festival.
The concert locations are within walking distance of each other. An opportunity to discover beautiful and promising music in an unusual context, a beautiful combination of music and heritage.
Jongeren – Archeologische site (12-16 j.) (45 min)
Claudia goes on a marvelous journey with Magnus. The conversations between the two teenagers enhance the imagination of the listener. Motivated with stories about their view of history, they move deeper into the corridors of the archaeological site.
Not a boring museum visit but really interesting for all ages!
Kids - Treasureroom tour(6-12 y.) (1 u)
Fire! Fire! Take a tough rescue operation with Servaas. This naughty altar boy knows the treasure house like the back of his hand. Together you save a lot of art objects from the fire. The reward for such brave behavior? That is your own treasure chest at the end of the tour.
Swimming pool Plinius
A splash with family and friends? Want to do solo laps? Or relax on a lawn of 38 acres with a view of the oldest city? It's possible in the ultramodern open-air swimming complex with 3 swimming pools: a competition pool of 25 meters, a leisure pool and a pool for the little ones.
Thermen Sane : relax in the neighborhood
Would you like to relax in a wellness center during your stay?
Thermen Sané is only 3 km away. There is a wide choice of relaxation options: indoor and outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, etc. In the summer you can also use the sun lawn, where your cocktail, wine or snacks are brought to your seat.
Digital "quests" for kids
“Out and about with beguine Lea”
This quest is full of cool assignments and will take you to Lea’s beguinage house.
"Find the treasure of Ambiorix"
You search through the city center of Tongeren with your tablet or smartphone. If you find the treasure then there is a cool gadget waiting for you.
Wine castle of Genoelselderen
A walk through the park around the castle of Genoels-Elderen with a beautiful arboretum of age-old rare trees, a view over the rose garden with nearly 1,000 rose bushes in 24 different types and colors of both modern and classical varieties and the most extensive vineyards of Belgium.
You will visit the old coach house where our ultra modern grape press is located, the distillery of Limburgs Levenswater and the heart of the Wijnkasteel, the age-old and new wine cellars. Finally you'll enjoy a wine tasting.
Experienced guides inform you about the past, the present and the future of the domain, the architecture, the work in the vineyards and the complete vinification process from grape to glass in an exciting, humorous and interactive manner.
Our wines and digestifs are the result of a unique terroir, healthy grapes, hard work and passion and cannot be compared to any other product.
Adult: € 10 (incl. 1 sample and guide fee), € 15 (incl. 3 samples and guide fee), € 24 (incl. 6 samples and guide fee) child -14 years: € 7.50 (incl. Apple juice and guide fee)
Afstand van het hotel : 7 km
The Tutankhamun exhibition opens at Liège-Guillemins Station from December 14, 2019 to May 31, 2020. This original exhibition takes visitors into the heart of ancient Egypt and invites them to follow the fascinating quest of Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun
Night falls, Alden Biesen castle comes alive.
Step through the gate, turn on your tablet and walk along in the story.
Past and present merge into one big adventure full of spectacular image, sound and light effects.
Follow the Lord of Biesen, performed by the famous Belgian actor Jan Decleir.
He knows all the secrets of this historic place.
800 years of history, from the dark Middle Ages to a devastating fire.
Do you dare to take this time journey?
The fort of Eben Emael
Herbeleef de geschiedenis en bezoek de heringerichte kazerne, het museum, het immense gangenstelsel en de gevechtsopstellingen.
Afstand van het hotel : 19 km
Marl caves of Kanne
The Caves of Kanne, an authentic quarry where people still work and live. The local baker prepares the batter for his famous rice flan, guests forget their worries in a beautiful banquet hall, farmers store their agricultural products and there is still an authentic mushroom farm.
Afstand van hotel : 17 km
Coal mine of Blegny
1 of the 4 mining sites of Wallonia recognized as a World Heritage by UNESCO
Afstand van het hotel : 29 km
Castle Alden Biesen
The history of Alden Biesen begins in 1220, when the German Knighthood established the Land Commandery. This Order was divided into 12 bars or provinces. Alden Biesen grew into the headquarters of the Balies Biesen, which itself consisted of 12 subordinate command lines. The showpiece, Alden Biesen, was the property of the land commander. The castle domain had its heyday between the 16th and 18th centuries.