|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$1 323.00|
|Water bottle (1.5 liter)||$1.33|
|Local draught beer||$4.07|
|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$60.07|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$2.13|
|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult||$59.39|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$10.17|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$63.05|
Diest is a Belgian city and municipality situated in Flemish Brabant, a Belgian province. It lies close to Antwerp towards its north and Limburg on its East. The Brussels Airport is around 60 km away from here and is the nearest airport to this place. Avail cheap flights to Diest and enjoy exploring the historical monuments in and around the city.
The picturesque Grote Market is encircled by spectacular patrician houses that date back to the period from 16th century to 18th century. The Town Hall is situated here in the City Museum’s basement. The 1728 pre-classical Stadhuis or the Town Hall is located in the south-west of the Market Square. The City Museum has a splendid collection of exhibits that include marvelous portraits of Anna of Lorraine and her husband René of Orange-Nassau and also the armor of Philip of Orange. St. Sulpitiuskerk is also situated at the Grote Markt. It was constructed in 1417-1534. It was made of reddish brown sandstone, distinctive of this era. The choir is pretty old and dates back to 1320. The small tower boasts of a 43 bells carillon. The church is famous for its collection of works of art that include outstanding carvings on the altars, pulpit and confessionals. The tomb of the famous Phillip of Orange, who died in 1618, is housed here.
The Municipal Museum is definitely worth a visit. Avail cheap flights to Diest and stay in one of the fine hotels in Diest. The distinctive Gothic style hall has a wonderful collection of weapons, a brilliant painting of the Last supper on wood and also unique goldsmiths' work. The Romanesque room comprises paintings portraying life events relating to Prince Philipp of Orange-Nassau whose birthplace was Diest. The Van der Linden room in the museum exhibits prehistoric finds from Diest and its neighboring areas.
The Béguinage of Diest is an ancient but most important Belgian beguinage. It is known for its much preserved 17th century houses that stand erect around the square and along five small streets. The houses are cut off from the main street by a splendid Baroque portal that has a major similarity with the Madonna and Child. Today, the béguinage is chiefly used as a youth and cultural center.