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Abdijsite Herkenrode

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Abbey with an interesting garden

The building itself is not spectacular but interesting enough to warrant the entrance fee. Not many... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2017
The Hague, The Netherlands
Beautifully restored

Over the last two decades, the abbey has been beautifully restored and given a new purpose. The... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2017
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Herkenrodeabdij 4, Hasselt 3511, Belgium
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

Who said Cistercian nuns didn't know how to make money? Despite the Rule of Benedict, these medieval nuns really knew how to live a self-sufficient and wealthy lifestyle. This is a very interesting and historical building. Currently there's an information centre plus it also hosts...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

There are several nice walks that start at the main gate of the abbey and they are all lovely. The inside of the building is not accessible as a tourist attraction. There is a very nice children's book shop in the old buildings and a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed April 6, 2018

The museum gives an overview of the 600 years of history explained (audio guide) by the abbesses (a very nice gimmick) - took us about 1,5 hours ... we also visited the herbs garden (very well laid out), but, as it was april, unfortunately still...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2017

Herkenrode Abbey is one of many abbeys that you can visit in Belgium. On certain dates in the summer there are free tours which are a great way to learn more about the history of this abbey, that unfortunately, has undergone many alterations and had...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed October 30, 2017

Historically the abbey is very interesting. I don't live in Belgium but as a child I do remember the abbey as being decrepit. Seeing the restoration now is fantastic, a lot of patient and careful work has gone into this. There is a good museum...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

The building itself is not spectacular but interesting enough to warrant the entrance fee. Not many original objects, but pictures and models. The garden is much more interesting. Well kept and laid out. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

Over the last two decades, the abbey has been beautifully restored and given a new purpose. The expansive and educational herbal garden, by itself, is more than worth a visit. The surrounding area is worth exploring on bicycle as well.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Bob D
Reviewed July 20, 2017

This takes a bit of finding, but was well worth it. Parking is free and we visited on a hot sunny day outside of school holidays. The museum story was very interesting. We were supplied with English audio guide which worked very well. Outside were...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed April 12, 2017

Recommended stop when taking a walk or riding your bike. But it's definitely worth a visit if you can attend an organized events. My kids are still talking about our last visit to the `Sage van de Eenhoorn` (folktale of the unicorn).

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Ton M
Reviewed February 28, 2017

This recently renovated historic location is an excellent pick to visit on a beautiful day. You can stroll around the grounds and gardens, or have a drink or a snack on the restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating (I recommend their selection of fresh pie!)

Date of experience: August 2016
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