Genk has an omnipresent, but in no way dusty, cultural heritage from its past as a mining city. The city has transformed into a place with lots of must-sees to explore for both ‘traditional tourists’ and for those looking for a trip off the beaten tracks in Genk:
C-mine: a hotspot for design, arts, architecture and innovating entrepreneurship
You can’t go past C-mine, one of the city’s former mining sites, without entering. Today it is an awe-inspiring nest for entrepreneurs, artists, students and culture aficionados.
The impressively restored Energy building still is the beating heart of C-mine.
Here you’ll find C-mine’s visitor’s centre and the shop with nice gadgets and original gifts by internationally renowned local designers and artists.
The C-mine expedition takes you into the depths of the coal mine for an “all senses” experience of how the miners used to live and work.
Genk on stage: three-day free city festival
Genk has plenty of free events, including its three-day festival Genk on stage end of June. The festival stages both well-known international bands and DJ’s as well as young local dance, rock and pop talents: over 60 acts on 6 stages, all sorts of typical festival activities in the surrounding streets, in the pubs and the parks, tons of atmosphere and about 100.000 visitors.
Thanks to Genk’s past as a mining city, it has a most tasteful multi-culinary gastronomy to offer; yours to discover in the multicultural streets and districts, on markets and in splendid restaurants.
A Finger Food Route leads you along the most vibrant food spots: delicatessens, pubs and restaurants with the best products and dishes from all four corners of the world. Take all the inspiring foodie knowledge and the recipe booklet with you to relive your culinary experience at home.
Hiking, Biking & Vespa Fun
Genk offers cyclists traditional cycling nodes, original themed routes and forest paths in its vast National Park. And there are plenty of options for those who are keen to explore Genk by foot as well. Choose your own walking route or follow one of the mapped out themed routes.
Or do it the Italian way and hire a Vespa to discover Genk’s most stunning architecture, attractions and landscapes.
And there’s more…
Kattevennen is one of the vast green areas of Genk with 57 square kilometers of moorlands, forests, grasslands. This park not only is a gateway to the regional National Park, it also offers a gateway to the infinite universe with the Cosmodrome, situated in the middle of the park, and its 360° cinema and star observatory.
Genk also is the hometown of the KRC Genk football club. Enjoy a game or just visit the stadium, that holds 25 000, when it’s empty. It’s just as impressive! A guide will take you through the catacombs, across the turf and behind the scenes…
Need more inspiration or looking for information? You’ll find it on www.visitgenk.be!
This article was in partnership with Visit Genk