Aalst is in East Flanders, in Belgium. This medium-sized town has a population of around 77,000 people. Aalst is situated between the larger city of Ghent (Gent) and the capital, Brussels. Nineteen miles northwest of Brussels, Aalst is comprised of the main city itself, and the villages of Baardegem, Erembodegem, Gijzegem, Herdersem, Hofstade, Meldert, Moorsel, and Nieuwerkerken.
Aalst has a vibrant textile industry. It produces not only the textiles themselves, but manufactures many of the machines needed for this level of manufacture. The more rural regions are noted for their production of hops, which are sold to long-standing breweries in the region. This hop-growing area has nurtured the founding of major breweries. The Werf arts centre offers exhibitions, concerts, dance or theatre performances, which has added to the cultural tourism industry. There are many options throughout the region for shared office space to let.
Entertainment And Dining Out
De Heeren van Liedekercke restaurant offers somewhat unusual options on its menu, including tuna carpaccio with Gueuze beer ice cream, watercress soup and Pater Lieven beer mousse. This is a restaurant that celebrates its love of all things beer. One of the best things to see in Aalst, is the town square. This vibrant area boasts a 13th century town hall and an adjacent belfry with 52 bells.
Aalst can easily be reached by train from Brussels, which takes 30 minutes, or from Ghent, which takes 25 minutes. By car you can take the E40, which runs between Brussels and Ostend, via Ghent and Bruges.