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Sint-Niklaas

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Sint-Niklaas is a Belgian city and municipality located in the Flemish province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Sint-Niklaas proper and the towns of Belsele, Nieuwkerken-Waas, and Sinaai.Sint-Niklaas is the capital and major city of the Waasland region straddling the East Flanders and Antwerp provinces. The city is known for having the largest market square in Belgium. At one point this square also boasted the largest Christmas tree, and the largest easter egg in Europe.HistoryThirteenth-century originsAlthough some traces of pre-Roman activity have been found on the territory of Sint-Niklaas, the regional centre during Roman times was neighbouring Waasmunster, better located on the river Durme. Belsele was already mentioned in a 9th-century document. The history of Sint-Niklaas proper, however, starts in 1217, when the bishop of Tournai, following advice from the local clergy, founded a church dedicated to Saint Nicholas here. The new parish was to depend on the See of Tournai until the middle of the 16th century. Politically, however, it was part of the County of Flanders. The power of Flanders at that time favoured the rapid economic development of the city, which became the administrative centre of the region in 1241. A document dated from 1248 records that Margaret II, Countess of Flanders, ceded additional territory to the parish of Sint-Niklaas with the proviso that it would remain bare, which explains the unusual size of the central market square today.
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Shopping Mall
Waasland Shopping Center
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Recreation Park De Ster
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Ambachtelijk Chocolatier Wauters
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
The White Mill (Witte Molen)
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Sint-Niklaas

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Spa
Thermen Katara Belsele
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Waer Waters Groot-Bijgaarden
3.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Garden
Botanic Garden Meise Meise
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Duration: 4 hours
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History Museum
Fort Breendonk Willebroek
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Sint-Niklaas

Church
Sint-Nicolaasplein
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Balloon Ride
Balloon Rides
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Church
Our Lady of Assistance of Christians Church
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Westbury Snooker- en Poolcenter
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Sint-Niklaas

Castle
Moerland Castle
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Church
Christ the King Church
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Sint-Niklaas

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History Museum
Mercatormuseum
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Sint-Niklaas

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Chocolade-Atelier Vyverman
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Room Escape Game
Escape Room Vlaanderen (Sint-Niklaas)
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Spa
Thermen Londerzeel Londerzeel
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Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum Lessines
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Thermae Grimbergen Grimbergen
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Duration: 4 hours

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