Welcome to the city of onions! Our nickname 'ajuin' (onion) dates back to the 19th century when the city and districts around Aalst flourished thanks to onion farming. It is a true honour to be called an
'Ajoin' in the Aalst dialect!
Our main square, the Grote Markt, feels like a real open air museum with all its historic buildings. Did you know that 'the belfry' is actually made up of 3 buildings? Book a guided tour and find out all about it!
Aalst is the carnival city par excellence in Flanders. Every year this unique public festival totally takes over the city for 3 days and 3 nights. Thousands of locals from Aalst spend the entire year working up to this very moment. Would you like to know more about our UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage? Book a carnival walk with a guide
Enjoy our local nature! You can escape the busy city for a while and relax in the city park, the Gerstjens and the woods of the Kravaalbos. The city park is home to over 100 species of trees. The adjoining Osbroek nature reserve is a real paradise for walkers and cyclists.
Aalst is a city that's full of surprises. The Statieplein with its magnificent station building, an ingenious drawbridge close to the administrative centre on the Werfplein,... It shouldn't be missed!
Civic Museum - 't Gasthuys is located in a 13th-century building and was originally a hospital. You can now discover the complete tale of the city focusing on various aspects that determine Aalst's true and unique character, in other words its DNA.
Be sure not to miss this magnificent historic gem!