Many international tourists go treasure hunting in Tongeren. “The antiques market draws by far the most international visitors to Tongeren,” says Marc Hoogmartens, alderman of tourism in Tongeren. “As we are very close to the Dutch and German border, we get many visitors from the Netherlands and Germany, but the antiques market is also very popular with British, American and Asian tourists.” The large clientele – a thousand every week, all year round – also attracts professional antiques traders from afar that come to sell their high-quality goods in Tongeren.

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