VISITFLANDERS: What’s New and Exciting (August)

Monday, Aug 22, 2022 0


KMSKA Antwerp reopening in September


The countdown is on! Yes, September 25th, 2022 will be the day! The long-awaited day that the KMSKA in Antwerp, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, will finally reopen its doors to the public. We have been eagerly looking forward to this date after a long renovation period. A feeling of excitement is rising in and around the KMSKA.


The KMSKA was founded in 1810. The museum houses an extensive collection of sculptures and paintings from the 14th to the 20th century. It has been closed for renovations since 2011.


Last change to visit the Rubens House Antwerp


This summer and fall will be the last chance to visit the Rubens House in Antwerp for the next few years. The garden and the building itself will be refurbished. Rubens House will close on January 8th, 2023. It is scheduled to reopen in 2027.


Use this last chance for a visit. Many summer activities and events have been planned. Come along and enjoy it like Rubens did with friends and family.


New beer experiences in and around Brussels


Grimbergen Abbey opened its experience center on June 1st, 2022. Learn about Grimbergen beer and experience the story of Grimbergen, as well as the Grimbergen Abbey. Taste the delicious beers from the Grimbergen Abbey Brewery and a lot more.


Self-guided and guided tours are available. They can be booked online. The new multi-sensory experience journeys through Grimbergen’s 900-year history and the art of brewing delicious award-winning Belgian-style beer.


Although Brussels Beer Project is still a relatively young brewery (since 2013), it has already built up a solid international reputation. Innovation, creativity, co-creation and collaboration are central concepts in their approach. In May 2022 Brussels Beer Project opened a second brewery in Brussels: ‘BBP Port Sud’. BBP Port Sud has a large terrace (beer garden) and is open all summer during weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).


Hiking the Hoge Kempen National Park


Hikers will find excellent opportunities in Flanders – for example in the Hoge Kempen National Park in the province of Limburg. The new National Park Trail long-distance hiking trail extends 69 miles/ 110 km past extensive heathland, beautiful moors, large ponds, dunes and fragrant forests. It can be hiked in four or five stages. At all entrance gates to the park, hikers can expect a well-developed infrastructure with parking spaces, restaurants and accommodation.


For more information on the Hoge Kempen National Park and to plan your hiking routes, please visit the Hogen Kempen National Park website.


Flanders iconic cycling routes


Flanders is a Cycling Mecca. Still looking for inspiration or surprising ideas to promote the iconic cycle routes or to put Flanders in the spotlights as a cycling vacation destination? Then be sure to read the article ‘Discover beautiful Flanders in nine iconic cycle routes’ as published on, the largest web platform in Europe with information and inspiration about cycling holidays and long-distance cycle routes.


Visit the newly re-designed Icon-Cycling Route website for information on all the new icon routes. Planning your Flanders icon cycling adventure has become easier.

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