Exploring the Places of Interest

Antiques and Flea Market

With its fortification wall dating back to the Roman era and the statue of Ambiorix that can not escape the attention of passersby, Tongeren offers an ideal setting for the sale of antiques. For more than 30 years, Tongeren has seen a crowd of more than 350 exhibitors and about 40 antique shops gather once a week to display their best merchandise to the numerous visitors, in one of the largest weekly flea market in Belgium.

And in order to accommodate all 350 merchants, the Tongeren flea market spreads over 7 streets: Leopoldwal, Veemarkt, Maastrichterstraat, de Schiervelstraat, Clarissenstraat, Eburonenhal and the first level of Julianus.

Because of its size, this antiques market enjoys an international reputation, and is the place to be for a growing number of Dutch, German, French, British and American visitors, all looking for that “unique” antique or flea market piece.

The Gallo Roman Museum

An interactive permanent exhibition. Intriguing programmes for schools. Sensational temporary exhibitions. Entertaining educational children’s routes. A charming Museum café and a colourful shop … Delve into the distant past. And experience the European Museum of the Year 2011. An unforgettable experience for the whole family.

From Neanderthal to Gallo-Roman

Take a journey through time with the Neanderthal to Gallo-Roman exhibition. This permanent display tells the story of people in the Limburg region: from prehistory to the late Roman period. 2000 tastefully highlighted objects, lifelike figures, animations, models, educational films: the distant past will now stay with you forever.

Teseum

In Teseum, the new museum site at the Basilica of Our Lady, you explore the splendid story of religious art treasures or you discover underground archaeological secrets. There is a suitable route for every age category. It’s a unique place to unravel Tongeren’s fascinating history.

TESEUM: ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

The Basilica of Our Lady reveals its hidden treasures. You will be able to discover 2000 years of archaeology – guaranteed to be a unique experience!

Through the generations, the people of Tongeren built a town to live and work in. The walls and foundations of that town are still standing. They can be admired on the archaeological site of the Teseum, one of the most inspiring sites in the Benelux countries.

Beghina Museaum

Who were the beguines? Although these women did not enter a convent, they led a reclusive life, removed from worldly matters. But did they retire from the world because they did not know what else to do? Or were these women feminists long before the term was even invented?

Perhaps unfortunately, it has been a long time since there were any beguines. But you can still catch a unique glimpse of their exceptional way of life in the little courtyard, Onder de Linde. The Beghina Museum is located here in an authentic beguine house dating from 1660, complete with small herb garden.

Everything has been preserved exactly as it was, even the flavours. In the museum’s cellar, visitors can taste a craft beguine beer or a delicious elderflower lemonade. If you would like to linger here a little longer, you can visit the beguine shop.

Nature Reserve 'De Kevie'

The Kevie is a nature reserve that is located between Tongeren and Mal. The area is managed by Natuurpunt and measures approximately 35 ha. It is part of the Landscape Park of the Eastern Jeker, together with De Beemden, De Meersen and Het Hardel.

The Kevie is an area of moist meadows in the Jeker valley. It is a small-scale landscape of former hay meadows, marshes, stream-accompanying forests and thickets, pools, wooded banks and pollard willows. An area of 35 ha is grazed by Heck cattle after crossing to the Oeros.

The area has a loamy soil and has a rich plant growth. The mockingbird and blackbird can be called from the birds. The crested salamander, the small salamander and the alpine water salamander are found in the ponds.

Pliny Park

The Plinius park is a green oasis in the city with a characteristic atmosphere referring to the historic grounds, with an open air pool for recreation purposes.
The park lies in between the historical city centre of Tongeren and the surrounding Haspengouw landscape.

The design principle was based on the touristic qualities of the specific site, like the presence of the original Plinius spring, and its surroundings. The old and still existing Beto castle sets an example for the design of the park and a new icon: the raised swimming pool is situated as a platform on top of the hill, offering a great view over the landscape, referring to the old castles.

The Plinius spring feeds the water of the swimming pool and the pond in the park.