Located in the north-west of Belgium, Limburg is the smallest province in Belgium. With three districts, Hasselt, Maaseik and Tongeren, it enjoys a coastal climate and moderate temperatures. The region offers a number of rural areas where you can practice outdoor sports such as cycling or hiking, on the Campine moors for example, famous for its camping and picnic areas. The region is also home to one of the world's seven Trappist monasteries, which continues to brew local beer. Which has to be tasted for sure!
The Limburg road network is highly developed: the Antwerp-Liège motorway and the Brussels-Louvain motorway as well as the Albert Canal which connects the Meuse to the Scheldt and the Antwerp region to the Liège region, all make it possible to move around easily both in Limburg itself and outside the region. Likewise, the rail network from Hasselt links to Liège, Antwerp and Brussels.
With the Meuse running through it, this city is one of the two oldest cities in Belgium. A large antique market is held there on Sundays and you can explore its significant Roman excavations. Part of its walls date back to the Gallo-Roman period.
The Saint Catherine Beguin Convent was founded in the 13th century and is one of the oldest convents for the Beguin order in Flanders. The Gothic church and the small houses dotted along the alleys and small squares have been perfectly restored.
Capital of the province of Limburg, this city is also its industrial and commercial center. The outer ring road means the center is car-free, and the Boulevard, an inner ring road, means the shopping area is pedestrianized.
The beautiful historic buildings and the many shopping streets make for a charming city center, which attracts a lot of visitors. One of the city's main attractions is Europe's largest Japanese garden, home to a very popular annual European pop music festival.
It is nicknamed the "capital of taste" thanks to its local gin, the famous Holland Gin, and its many restaurants.
With Beringen, this is one of the most important cities in the Limburg region. Immediately after the First World War, large deposits of coal were discovered there. From being a small hamlet with a few thousand inhabitants, it saw its population grow and experienced a significant industrial boom. The old mines are also one of the city's tourist sites. The city turned to other industries after the mines closed. Today, the Ford Motors plant is the city's largest employer: out of Genk's 61,000 inhabitants, 5,000 work for Ford.
Genk is also home to the Bokrijk, a huge open-air museum which houses constructions from all over the Flemish Region, dating from the 17th to the19th century.
Limburg is therefore a booming province which offers many job opportunities, both in the automotive industry and in the service and chemical sectors. The languages spoken there are Flemish and the Limburg dialect.
Because it is so easy to travel around the region, you can be closer to work. And you should also remember that the registration fees to be paid when buying real estate is lower in Flanders than in Walloon.
If you would like to buy a property in the Limburg region, feel free to contact our agency for the region and come and discover our charming properties.