Hasselt is a Belgian city and municipality, and capital of the province of Limburg. It was the very first city to be crowned ‘Capital of Taste’. Its name is derived from the Germanic ‘Hasaluth’, meaning hazelnut forest. The ultimate local specialties are jenever and speculaas.
A few must-sees in Hasselt are the Jenever Museum, the Hasselt Fashion Museum, the Stadsmus Municipal Museum, the Municipal Carillon Museum, the Museum of the 'Heilig Paterke' and the Museum of Literature.
Of course Hasselt also harbours some of Belgium’s marvellous Renaissance and Gothic buildings, like St. Quentin's Cathedral, the Virga Jesse Basilica or the Herkenrode Abbey.
If you want to get some peace and enjoy the beautiful nature of Belgium, you should visit the Japanese Garden, the Kiewit Domain, the Kapermolenpark, and the Limburg Lavendel lavender farm.
Belgium being the land of the festivals, there are of course also lots of festivities in Hasselt. The patroness of the city, Lady Virga Jesse, is being honoured every seven years during the septennial festivities of Our Lady Virga Jesse. The third weekend of October, there’s the Jevener Festival, where you can get to know everything about the Hasseltse Jenever in the jenever walk or by taking a ride on the jenever tram. Certainly worth a visit is the biggest alternative open-air music festival in Belgium, called Pukkelpop. It takes places every year in mid-to-late August.