DiestFlemish Brabant in Belgium. The town is mainly known for its beguinage and ramparts.
Tourist Officephone: +32 13 35 32 73address: Koning Albertstraat 16Here you can get information about what the town has to offer.
By trainThe Diest Railway Station is just outside of the city center. There are direct connections to Brussels, Leuven, Antwerp and Liège.
By busThe Flemish national bus company, De Lijn, has lines to Diest from for example Leuven, Aarschot and Tienen. There are also connections to Brussels and Hasselt, but in these cases the trains are a quicker alternative. For more information regarding different timetables (unfortunately only available in Dutch): https://www.delijn.be.
By bicycleThere are several very well maintained bicycle networks leading you to the city center without the need of using the regular roads. It will let you discover the beauty of the region.
By carYou can exit the E314 highway at Bekkevoort or Halen, from there on it's only a few minutes to the city center. If you don't like highways you can perfectly follow the N2 national road also leading to the city center of Diest.
By planeBrussels Airport (BRU) is relatively close and has a direct train connection to Diest.
The city center and ramparts are easily navigated on foot. Twenty minutes takes you straight across town.
If you want to see the nearby sights and see the nearby Flemish countryside it is best to rent a bike when the weather allows to. Bikes can be rented in two places in Diest.
Fietspunt Diestphone: +32 13 66 51 47address: TurnhoutsebaanThis place also rent out electrical bikes and mountainbikes, but they are more expensive.
- The Halve Maan recreational area also rents out bikes for €6 days. Tandems and electrical bikes are also available.
BeguinageBeautifully restored, now with some art shops open in summer.
Church of St. Sulpitiusaddress: Grote MarktMain church, a beautiful example of "Demer Gothic", the "Demer" being the local small river.
Church of Our Ladyaddress: Bruidstraat 347This church dates back to the 13th century and lost its tower in the 17th century but it never got rebuilt.
Holle GrietA medieval cannon made in 1465. Out of this cannon round balls of limestone or granite were shot. Nowadays the cannon is displayed publicly on the little square in front of the Cloth Hall.
Lindenmolen Milladdress: Omer VanaudenhovelaanThis mill was built in 1742 and stands on the city ramparts. The mill is since 2005 again in use. It is operating on every first Sunday of the month.
phone: +32 13 78 04 40address: Abdijstraat 1, Scherpenheuvel-ZichemFounded in 1134 and reestablished in 1834. It is situated about 6 kilometers northwest of Diest in the municipality of Scherpenheuvel-Zichem.
phone: +32 13 31 15 28address: Halve MaanstraatA wonderful place to while away a sunny afternoon in this lazy town.
Walk the old city ramparts, a very green belt around the city. It easily connects into the surrounding countryside.
phone: +32 498 50 94 68address: Nieuwe Dijkstraat 44Take a parachuting class in the nearby (4 km) Schaffen airport, which doubles as training grounds for the Belgian paratroop regiment.
- Every first Sunday of the month a book fair in the beguinage area takes place.
phone: +32 13 33 33 03address: Grote Markt 3More than 150 kinds of tea.
phone: +32 13 77 64 00address: Commissaris Neyskenslaan 5Mediterranean fusion restaurant, inspired by the Turkish and Indian cuisine.
phone: +32 13 30 58 05address: Schaffensestraat 17Typical Belgian dishes served in a modern way.
phone: +32 13 32 32 35address: Felix Moonsstraat 26For ice creams on a hot summer day, or even when it is raining outside.
phone: +32 13 35 09 35address: Refugiestraat 23This 3 star hotel is conveniently located in the town center. The hotel is housed in the former gatekeepers house of a convent.
phone: +32 13 31 22 82address: Heilige Geeststraat 3Cozy bed and breakfast in the beguinage with private garden. It is possible to store your bike here overnight.