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Sint-Truiden

I'm headed to Sint-Truiden in June for a weekend to visit the site of a US WWII airfield, from which my Dad flew a P47 and to visit a small museum that documents the groups that were stationed there. I've reviewed hotel recommendations on TA and there are only a few. I've got Lonely Planet Belgium and DK Belgium on the way from Amazon, but wondered if anyone has a lodging recommendation? We will not have a car, will arrive via train from AMS.

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You might consider staying in Hasselt. There's a train that runs from the Hasselt train station to Sint Truiden. You might have to walk about 15 minutes from the train station to the museum, but there would be more hotel choices in Hasselt, and probably more to do after you visit the airfield.

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Sara beat me to the Hasselt recommendation. The only hotel I know of is the Radisson, but there's probably others. Sint-Truiden has a nice Markt, but it's otherwise a pretty small city.

If you'll be in the area, check out the open air museum at Bokrijk. One of the best of it's kind, in my opinion.

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Sarah and Tom, thank you both for responding. We will think about Hasselt. We are meeting up with the family who has done a tremendous amount of research for the museum. They have been such wonderful friends to our Dad's fighter group I would hate to hurt their feelings by not staying in Sint-Truiden if we can. They are so awesome...having spent many hours interviewing these WWII pilots, pouring over old photos, getting stories regarding the old photos, reviewing documents/letters/diaries related to the fighter groups when they were stationed there, traveling to the US often to meet up with the reunion groups, and really making these men feel appreciated for their service.

Sarah, thanks for your comment about walking time. We were wondering if the museum would be within walking distance of the central area or if we would need a taxi. We also want to go to the end of one of the runways where our Dad crashed his plane. The family we are meeting with are pretty sure they know which area to take us to but looking at googlemaps it looks to be on the far side of the airport from where the museum is.

Tom, I had wondered about that open-air museum. It looks wonderful!

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" We are meeting up with the family who has done a tremendous amount of research for the museum. They have been such wonderful friends to our Dad's fighter group I would hate to hurt their feelings by not staying in Sint-Truiden if we can." Are they from the area, and if not, are they at least familar with Sint-Truiden? Perhaps they can recommend a hotel? Like I said, it's a very small city that has not much in the way of major tourist draws. I can't imagine it offers more than two or three hotels, if even that many.

You probably won't find much more info on this website. I've spent A LOT of time in Limburg province, and even I've only been to Sint-Truiden very briefly.

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Oh yes, we will ask them as well, just wondered if anyone here had had any experience in the area. There are about 3 hotels listed on TA plus some Bed and Breakfasts. I want to go to them with a hotel name and then ask for recommendations. They do live in Sint-Truiden. The grandfather farmed the land at the end of the runway during WWII and the family still lives on-site.