Built on the banks of the Demer River, Hasselt is a small pleasant city, popular with travellers who prefer to avoid the crowds and spend their holiday in peace and quiet. Loads of historical sights and great tourist attractions feature throughout the city, and with most cities in Belgium just a short drive with your rental car, Hasselt is the perfect city to base yourself while exploring this beautiful part of the world. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Hasselt is both easy and economical.
Much like many other cities in Belgium, Hasselt has a fantastic centre, filled with historical buildings and outdoor space dedicated to pedestrians, cafes, and parks. Drive your rental car into the city centre near the main square, and set off to explore the picturesque laneways and streets lined with cafes and medieval houses. It's quite easy to imagine life here in medieval times, as the city has truly managed to retain its charm and classical appearance.
To get an insight into the rural way of life in the area, drive your hire car northeast of Hasselt, and visit the Open Air Museum of Bokrijk, located just a short distance out of the city. Set on a large property, the museum is a recreated village from the early 1900s, complete with over 100 historical houses and many performers, showing how the locals lived here up until recent times.
Back in town, there are many more great attractions to visit if you would like to do more sightseeing. Highly recommended are the Stedelijk Museum, which is a museum of fashion showing the evolution of trends since the 1830s, and just outside the city centre lies the largest Japanese garden in Europe. With ponds, waterfalls, cherry trees and a tea house, the park is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day exploring the city.
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