|Combo meal at McDonalds||$10.17|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$6.78|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$1 016.95|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$655.37|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$440.68|
|Cinema, international release, 1 seat||$12.20|
|Local draught beer||$4.75|
The small city of Aalst in Belgium is located along the River Dendre which lies between Ghent and Brussels. The city has been a tourist attraction due to its celebrated Gothic architecture and also the February carnival. Tourists are particularly attracted by the unique history and availability of cheap flights to Aalst.
The town developed in mid 12th century as a trade center between Cologne and Bruges. It was declared the capital of the Holy Roman Empire’s Flemish region. The combined coat of arms of the First Reich and Flanders has been preserved by this city even today. In 1360, Aalst was burnt to the ground. Within a very short time, however, the city was revived. The renowned Gothic belfry was completed in 1460. Aalst was annexed by France during the War of Devolution and held from 1667 to 1706. The French referred to the city as “Alost”. 1893 brought about a political revolution as Father Adolf Daens founded the Christene Volkspartij. It was elected to form the government and began democratization on a radical basis.
This intriguing history explains the influence of several cultures on the city. As a result, tourist attractions are abundant. You can now visit and enjoy each and every one of these spots thanks to plentiful cheap flights to Aalst. The magnificent town square boasts of the earliest town hall in the Low Countries, built in the 13th century. The splendid Gothic belfry is located adjacent and comprises as many as 52 bells. The town hall is also used as the deputy mayor’s office while the present town hall is an edifice erected in the 19th century. It has a glorious rococo portico in the inner court.
Interested tourists and shutterbugs will be attracted to The Collégiale St-Martin, a Gothic-style church erected in 1480, which houses "Saint Rochus beseeching Christ to terminate the Plague at Aalst", a famous painting by Rubens. The Old Hospital, a 15th Century hospital, has been constructed around a central courtyard which now houses an art and archaeology museum. The Netwerk Contemporary Art centre has been drawing aficionados for years. Come and appreciate the beauty of this glorious city while staying in any of the fine hotels in Aalst.