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Genk Travel Wiki

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Travel to Genk

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Genk is one of those communities were cultures collide, fusing together into a beautiful melting pot of opportunity. More than half of the city’s residents come from outside of Belgium and nearly 100 different nationalities are represented. It may be a hard-working industrial city on the Albert Canal, but Genk is also a city that is steeped in the history of the region.

It is believed that Genk was originally founded as a Celtic village. A small, wooden church from the 10th century can still be found in the village and the first official mention of it comes from a 12th century document.  Over the years, Genk grew as a community of artisans and writers, but that changed in 1901 when large coal deposits were found.

The history of Genk and the surrounding region is celebrated every summer at Bokrijk, which is an open-air museum that allows visitors to explore 17th century buildings that were relocated to this location. Actors re-enact various events from the history of the city and region, bringing life to the history that is celebrated here.

Genk is also an excellent gateway city for those who wish to explore Hoge Kempen National Park, which first opened in 2006. You can also visit some of the older coal mines and the buildings that helped to provide the financial foundation for the city for several generations. Genk may be an industrial city, but its nickname is “The Green City.” You will find it to be a beautiful, peaceful place where you can find a wonderful way to relax.

 

Travel and vacation in Genk, Belgium

Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to Belgium. You will find travel deals as well as general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts about Belgium. We try to find the best travel video about the city and its surroundings and we write about the best sights, shopping and things to do. You will also find updated current weather and forecasts. The current exchange rates are also updated many times a day.

Best of Genk

What to see and do in Genk ?

Bokrijk Open Air Museum

The Bokrijk in Genk nearby the Hasselt territory attracts many tourists every year. The Bokrijk is essentially an open-air museum, offering travelers the opportunity to enjoy nineteenth century architectural design. Within the museum tourists can see reconstructions of the Flemish buildings that once existed in Flanders. A number of enjoyable activities are offered at the Bokrijk, as well as re-enactments for viewing. Due to the fact that the Bokrijk is a large, open-aired museum, the location is filled with scenic gardens, wooded areas, grass lands and small bodies of water.

De Maten Nature Reserve

There are 35 ponds in the De Maten, and different species of fish are purposefully bred within the ponds, in an effort to promote aquatic life. Water birds have adapted to the area in De Maten and plants, including cotton grass, sundew, and roth grow in the area. Finally, the De Maten is home to a variety of different dragon flies and tree frogs. The De Maten is closed to tourists when it comes time for breeding.

The Motives Jazz Festival

Every year in Genk, tourists are welcomed at the Motives Festival, a music festival focusing on the genre of jazz. The Motives Festival is revered for its line up of fantastic jazz musicians and past performers have included Joshua Redman, Leafcutter John, and Esbjörn Svensson Trio, just to name a few of many.

Molenvijvers Park

In Molenvijvers Park in Genk, tourists are always amazed by the Sundial displays. There are a total of 12, unique sundials within Molenvijvers Park; one in particular looks like an ancient book! Truly, the Molenvijvers Park is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience.

Kattevennen, Europlanetarum

Within the Kattevennen, the Europlanetarum offers families an opportunity to explore the science of astronomy. You have the opportunity to view unique displays about space, stars, planets and the like. You can also enjoy a fine laser show, and view movies on a 360 degree dome ceiling—much like looking out into space.

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City tours and transfers

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City Tours and attractions

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Where is the city, maps

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City Tourist Information

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Belgium Holidays

Belgium Public Holidays See the calendars for national Belgium holidays year by year. Find and just click on the year you for which you need more information about Belgium holidays, and the calendar for the year will open. When is the non working days for the year. Public / national days, see the calendar for the country here.

Biggest City Belgium

Biggest city Belgium What are the name of the biggest city Belgium, and how big are city by population. Easy overview of the informations in the sortable table below. Please note that the informations comes from various sources,if you are using the informations professional you should get confirmation that the figures are actual. Last update august 2017 Belgium is situated in the west of Europe. The land here mostly comprises of flat coastal plains in the northeast, and southeast is occupied by the...

Food Belgium, Local Dishes

Belgium has an interesting local kitchen. Below you can see some of the local dishes you maybe would like to try during a vacation. One of the things you should try when travelling around the world is absolutely the local food. Generally you should be able to eat exactly the same as the locals - off course, if the streets are littered with dead bodies, then maybe it is worth to think twice before ordering some local food. We all know...
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Geography and facts, Belgium

Belgium, geography and facts explained Geograhy, facts, local customs and foodie guide. All explained in videos 8 to 15 minutes, very good, informative and funny videos that will ensure you see the videos to the end. The videos are produced by Geography now, thanks for the videos and keep up the good work. Discover Belgium More than just being known as that odd waffle-and-mussels country between larger ones, Belgium has an expansive history, amazing 60 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and unique culture with multiple...

Money Belgium, Local Currency, Euro

Money in Belgium (notes and coins) Belgiums legal tender is called Euro (EUR). 1 Euro = 100 cent. Coins in circulation: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent €1 and €2 Notes in circulation: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. European Central Bank

National Tourist Information Belgium

Traveladvisor in Belgium: Are you going on a vacation you can get lots of free and professional help, traveladvice and information from the National Tourism Organisation. Discover the country and the cities getting the most out of your vacation with the professional help from the people who knows their country and their culture the best. Belgium Tourism Authority WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER YOUTUBE FLICKR INSTAGRAM GOOGLE+ PINTEREST VIMEO About Belgium Located on the European mainland, Belgium often is short-shifted in discussions of Europe. Following is an overview of Belgium for travelers. Belgium is located on...
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Why you should visit Genk

Why Visit Genk ? Genk, a city in Belgium, is part of the Limburg province. Other cities contained within the province of Limburg include Hasselt: As, Beringen, Diepenbeek, Gingelom, Halen, Ham, Hasselt, Herk-de-Stad, Heusden-Zolder, Leopoldsburg, Lummen, Nieuwerkerken, Opglabbeek, Sint-Truiden, Tessenderlo, Zonhoven, and Zutendaal. In terms of locality, Genk is situated nearest to Hasselt in the province of Limburg. The city of Genk has a population of over 63,000 people. The city of Genk is believed to have some history rooted in...

Online weather and forecast

The weather and weather forecast for the coming days will be updated several times every day

Genk
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26.7 ° C
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Online currency exchange rates

The actual exchange rates will be updated several times every day

EUR - Euro Member Countries
GBP
1.1090
USD
0.8453
CAD
0.6372
AUD
0.6088
NZD
0.5629

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