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Beringen, Belgium

Flag of Beringen
Coat of arms of Beringen
Coat of arms
Beringen is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Limburg
Arrondissement Hasselt
 • Mayor Maurice Webers (sp.a)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V, sp.a
 • Total 78.30 km2 (30.23 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 43,661
 • Density 560/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Postal codes 3580, 3581, 3582, 3583
Area codes 011

Beringen is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg The Beringen municipality includes the town of Beringen proper and the old communes of Beverlo, Koersel, and Paal.


  • History 1
    • Origins 1.1
    • Mining past 1.2
  • Sights 2
  • Events 3
  • Famous past and present residents 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6



Beringen was already inhabited in Celtic times, as proven by the 1995 archeological finds of gold coins and artifacts on its territory. These date from around 90 BC and are the most northerly late-Iron-Age gold objects found in Europe.[2] Other finds, including of Roman coins, indicate a very early establishment.[3] The first mention of Beringen dates to 1120 when it was known as 'Beringe', a word derived from the Germanic Beringum, which meant 'with the people of Bero'. During Carolingian times, the land of Beringen had been donated to the abbey of Corbie in France.[4]

For most of the medieval period, it was part of the County of Loon, from which it received its city charter in 1239. The city was then protected by impressive moats and gated walls. The county of Loon as a whole was annexed to the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in 1366. Beringen became one of the bishopric’s 23 bonnes villes (principal cities) and shared its history until its dissolution in 1795.[4]

Mining past

Under André Dumont’s guidance, the first coal-bearing drill cores were obtained in Campine in 1901, leading to several coalmines being established in the region. The first production in Koersel dates from 1919. The golden age of coal production started right after World War II and lasted until the late 1950s, when cheaper energy sources were made available elsewhere. The last coal mine in Beringen closed its doors on October 28, 1989. The remaining slag heaps and mining buildings are still very obvious around the city.


  • The Beringen Mine Museum is one of Beringen’s main attractions and retraces the industrial history of the region. It is a former Anchor Point of ERIH, the European Route of Industrial Heritage.[5] [6]
  • The St. Peter in Chains Church, with its elegant spire and rich Baroque interior.
  • With its good network of biking trails, Beringen is also one of the best places in Campine for bikers.


  • Yearly Kermesses take place both in Beringen Paal and in Koersel.
  • At the beginning of August, Paal also organizes a whole-day musical event: "Paal op Stelten"
  • The two-day-long "Koersel Terrast" takes place in late spring: music, dance, and fireworks are enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Famous past and present residents


  1. ^ Population per municipality on 1 January 2013 (XLS; 607.5 KB)
  2. ^ De Keltische goudschat van Beringen (Limburg)
  3. ^ Beringen historisch (Dutch)
  4. ^ a b De Inventaris van het Bouwkundig Erfgoed: Beringen (ID: 20879) (Dutch)
  5. ^ "ERIH Entry: Flemish Coal Mining Museum". European Route of Industrial Heritage. 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Site of the Mine Museum
  7. ^ Hendrik van Caelen in: A.J. van der Aa, ‘’Biografisch woordenboek der Nederlanden’’, Haarlem 1869 (Dutch)

External links

  • Official website - Available only in Dutch
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