|1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff||$0.33|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$4.07|
|Cinema, international release, 1 seat||$12.20|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$905.02|
|Pack of cigarettes||$7.05|
|Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited data)||$47.70|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$15.40|
Bilzen is a beautiful city and municipality situated in Limburg, a Belgian province near Hasselt. Maastricht Aachen Airport is the nearest airport to Bilzen and is approximately 27 km away. During the period from 1965 to 1981, it hosted the famous and hugely popular Jazz Bilzen, a rock and jazz festival. During those days, Jazz Bilzen was supposed to be the most significant of all Belgian festivals. All renowned artists the world over performed here. From the 1980s, the festival made way for the current favorite Rock Werchter. If you are a music enthusiast, avail cheap flights to Bilzen and have a rocking time.
A major tourist hot spot is the Alden Biesen which is a fabulous castle complex, wonderfully restored. Visitors have free access to almost all the exterior domain including the English park and the church. However, a token entrance fee is charged for a tour of the moated castle or the French garden. A highly informative historical exhibition is conducted here. Visitors can get an insight into the history of Landcommanderij Alden Biesen and also the Teutonic Order of Knights through an interactive audio-visual session. The most striking feature of the moated castle is the authentically refurbished Grand Commander’s apartment. The well-maintained French Garden leaves you mesmerized. Alden Biesen is worth catching one of the cheap flights to Bilzen and putting up in one of the fine hotels in Bilzen.
Munsterbilzen Abbey is a major tourist attraction. It was originally an abbey belonging to the Benedictine nuns based in Munsterbilzen, Limburg, Belgium. It was established by Saint Landrada in 670. In 881, the Vikings plundered it; however, it was renovated and devoted to Saint Amor from the 9th century. It attained the status of Holy Roman Empire’s imperial abbey.
Open Air Museum, Bokrijk is located in the well-known Park Midden-Limburg and stretches over 550 hectares. The Bokrijk Open Air Museum boasts of a splendid collection of ancient Flemish farms and houses. You can visualize the Flemish countryside as it was in 1850. There are several farms and cottages from the Flemish provinces including East and West Flanders, Brabant, Limburg and the Campine region. History is said to come alive at the Open Air Museum through 100 authentic buildings, its contents and craftsmen and interpreters in period costumes.