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Lokeren in a nutshell

The oldest mention of Lokeren dates from the beginning of the 12th century.  Two key events have defined the history of Lokeren:  the market charter granted by Charles the Fifth in 1555 and the statute of 'town' obtained during the Napoleonic days in 1804.  Today, Lokeren has a population of about 38 000 inhabitants on a territory of 6765 ha.  Since January 1st 1977, the municipal districts Eksaarde and Daknam have been part of the town of Lokeren.  Lokeren offers an elaborate and varied economic and socio-cultural infrastructure.  Yearly, happenings contribute to the promotion of Lokeren beyond district boundaries.  Lokeren also means enjoying culinary delights.  The top of the bill is 'Lokerse paardenworsten' (horse sausages), a well-known local speciality served in a tomatosauce.  Typically for Lokeren is the 'pongkoek' (also called "peperkoek" or peppercake) from the De Vreese firm; the sweets from Trefin; the local beers 'Dobbelken', 'Krak' and 'Koveken'.  And not to forget or delicious pastry: the Sint-Laurentiusgebak, the Kovekensgebak, the Lokeresken and the Karelken.

Daknam

Daknam is a small town near the Durme with only 900 inhabitants.  The old village remained largely unspoilt together with its wonderful scenery.

 

Eksaarde

 

To the north of the mother town of Lokeren lies the village of Eksaarde.  You love nature, water and peace?  Then you will feel right at home here!  Until the French Revolution, Eksaarde was an important seignory.  The 'Liniewegel' footpath (with signposts - 8km) will lead you along several remnants from this glorious past.

 

Heirbrugmolen

 

The present 'Heirbrug' mill dates from 1873.  It is a stone smock windmill.  The mill was completely restored and resumed its duties in 2002.  The mill is open the 2° and 4° Sunday of every month from 2pm till 5pm.

 

Municipal Museum

 

Scattered around the various rooms of the museum, the visitor will discover a substantial collection of household goods, furniture...  Some rooms have been dedicated to the tanning industry, the Flemish country kitchen and the reconstruction of a bakery and a butcher's shop as it looked several decades ago.

 

Thuysbaert House

 

Thuysbaert House is a former residence dating from the late 19th century, with a permanent Reynaert exhibiton.  It regulary welcomes small-scale happenings.  The Thuysbaert House is open during exhibitions ons Wednseday and Friday from 14 to 17 h. and on Sunday from 10 to 12 and from 14 to 17h.

 

Molsbroek (European nature reserve)

 

This domain covers 80 ha and is the largest protected nature reserve in the Durme area.  Molsbroek is first and foremost a paradise for wild birds and marsh plants.  In and around the park meanders an asphalted promenade of 4,5km long.  The promenade is freely accessible.  The visitors' centre (free access) is open from February the 1th till May 31th.  Sundays and holidays from 2pm till 6pm - Wednesday from 1pm till 5pm / from June the 1th till September 15th.  Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm till 6 pm.  Wednesday from 1 pm till 5 pm / from November the 1th till January 31th .  Sunday from 2 pm till 5 pm.

 

 

Lokeren in a nutshell

The oldest mention of Lokeren dates from the beginning of the 12th century.  Two key events have defined the history of Lokeren:  the market charter granted by Charles the Fifth in 1555 and the statute of 'town' obtained during the Napoleonic days in 1804.  Today, Lokeren has a population of about 38 000 inhabitants on a territory of 6765 ha.  Since January 1st 1977, the municipal districts Eksaarde and Daknam have been part of the town of Lokeren.  Lokeren offers an elaborate and varied economic and socio-cultural infrastructure.  Yearly, happenings contribute to the promotion of Lokeren beyond district boundaries.  Lokeren also means enjoying culinary delights.  The top of the bill is 'Lokerse paardenworsten' (horse sausages), a well-known local speciality served in a tomatosauce.  Typically for Lokeren is the 'pongkoek' (also called "peperkoek" or peppercake) from the De Vreese firm; the sweets from Trefin; the local beers 'Dobbelken', 'Krak' and 'Koveken'.  And not to forget or delicious pastry: the Sint-Laurentiusgebak, the Kovekensgebak, the Lokeresken and the Karelken.

Daknam

Daknam is a small town near the Durme with only 900 inhabitants.  The old village remained largely unspoilt together with its wonderful scenery.

 

Eksaarde

 

To the north of the mother town of Lokeren lies the village of Eksaarde.  You love nature, water and peace?  Then you will feel right at home here!  Until the French Revolution, Eksaarde was an important seignory.  The 'Liniewegel' footpath (with signposts - 8km) will lead you along several remnants from this glorious past.

 

Heirbrugmolen

 

The present 'Heirbrug' mill dates from 1873.  It is a stone smock windmill.  The mill was completely restored and resumed its duties in 2002.  The mill is open the 2° and 4° Sunday of every month from 2pm till 5pm.

 

Municipal Museum

 

Scattered around the various rooms of the museum, the visitor will discover a substantial collection of household goods, furniture...  Some rooms have been dedicated to the tanning industry, the Flemish country kitchen and the reconstruction of a bakery and a butcher's shop as it looked several decades ago.

 

Thuysbaert House

 

Thuysbaert House is a former residence dating from the late 19th century, with a permanent Reynaert exhibiton.  It regulary welcomes small-scale happenings.  The Thuysbaert House is open during exhibitions ons Wednseday and Friday from 14 to 17 h. and on Sunday from 10 to 12 and from 14 to 17h.

 

Molsbroek (European nature reserve)

 

This domain covers 80 ha and is the largest protected nature reserve in the Durme area.  Molsbroek is first and foremost a paradise for wild birds and marsh plants.  In and around the park meanders an asphalted promenade of 4,5km long.  The promenade is freely accessible.  The visitors' centre (free access) is open from February the 1th till May 31th.  Sundays and holidays from 2pm till 6pm - Wednesday from 1pm till 5pm / from June the 1th till September 15th.  Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm till 6 pm.  Wednesday from 1 pm till 5 pm / from November the 1th till January 31th .  Sunday from 2 pm till 5 pm.

 

 

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