"BOKRIJK --- OPEN AIR MUSEUM" Top 5 Page for this destination Genk by LoriPori

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Saturday, July 30, 2005
Hans and I, along with Johan and his lovely wife Wies, spent a wonderful day at BOKRIJK an OPEN AIR MUSEUM ( Het Openluchtmuseum ) located near Genk, Belgium.
In the 19th Century Open Air Museum, you can experience how Belgians of yesteryear lived, worked and what they did for relaxation and to pass the time.
Spreading over an area of more than 60 hectares, it is separated into three distinct areas - Kempen Village -- Haspengouw Village and East & West Flanders.
So come along with us and we will give you a tour of this place geared to the young and the young at heart!!


Although it looks like Hansie is in Jail, this was actually the CANDLE-MAKERS HOUSE. A Volunteer was inside, showing us how they made honey-comb candles. He had a thin sheet of bee's wax and cut it into two triangles. Then he inserted the long wick from top to bottom and then rolled it with his fingers until it became a cone-shaped candle which he claimed would burn for hours.


What is a community without a church. KAPEL ZEPPEREN is a lovely little stone building with plain windows and very tiny inside. Even a small cemetery was beside the church.

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  • Pros:For the Young and the Young at Heart ( That's us!!! )
  • Last visit to Genk: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Aug 26, 2005
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I had to laugh when i saw your comment about the photo of Hans in jail! That was great. Looks lijk a fun day. Love the photos of the windmills:)

  • Wafro's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    A BOKRIJK visit was(is?) a duty bound social activity for all students in the province Limburg.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Lori, you have visited a great place I must say! I liked the picture of Hansi "in jail"...:-)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Loved my tour here, thanks Lori! Open air museums are a favorite of mine, always hunt them out, even in "Hansi land" found Enhuizen which was fantastic!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Fantastic place Lori! A place filled with awe and joy. Thanks for sharing it! Have a lovely day!

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2009 at 3:24 AM

    Lovely open-air museum with so much to see. The entrance fee is a little on the expensive side though, at least for us here. I would have chosen apricot pancakes, just like you.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2009 at 6:05 AM

    It looks like you had a lot of fun in this little place! Was Hansie naughty again- is that why he was in jail??? LOL! Good photos

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2008 at 3:40 AM

    I had to look this one up on the map to see where it is -- not far from Aachen, actually, on the way to Antwerp. So many places still to see!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:24 AM

    Nice building architecture and great picture of the "jester".

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Hi Lori,I’ve never been to Belgium but by your pictures & descrtions it seems lovely. The De Bierkelder in De Oudestad looks like my kind of place and riding in a horse drawn carriage would be fun.Thanks for the virtual tour. Hugs, Nancy : )


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