10 Things to Do in Geel That You Shouldn't Miss

August 21, 2017 Ying Subia

Geel (Dutch pronunciation: [ɣeːl]) is a city located in the Belgian province of Antwerp, which acquired city status in the 1980s. It comprises Central-Geel which is constituted of 4 old parishes a/o towns: Sint-Amand, Sint-Dimpna, Holven and Elsum. Further on around the center are the parish-towns of Ten Aard (N), Bel (E), Winkelomheide (SE), Stelen, Oosterlo and Zammel (S), Punt (SW) and Larum (W). On December 31, 2016, Geel had a total population of 39,535. The total area is 109.85 km (42 sq mi) which gives a population density of 320 inhabitants per km². Geel’s patron saint, the Irish Saint Dymphna, inspired the town’s pioneering de-institutionalized method of care for the mentally ill.
Restaurants in Geel

Antwerpseweg 79A, Geel 2440, Belgium +32 14 58 50 18
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5 based on 9 reviews

The Missing Link Escape Games

Reviewed By martimizcoz - Madrid, Spain

A very challenging Room Escape game, with a very interesting background story and incredible set up. We had great fun and the organizers were very nice and they alwaus control you giving hints and cheering you up though a screen on the room...I think we will come back soon

2. Gasthuismuseum

Gasthuisstraat 1, Geel 2440, Belgium +32 14 56 63 80
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Gasthuismuseum

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

This museum is located in the Dimpna-district of Geel, in the former hospital and chapel, and close to the St.-Dimpna church. The museum shows rooms used as butchery and laundry place, and as kitchen. With some old tools, for example to process flax. The legend of St. Dimpna is told. Dimpna was beheaded by her father, an Irish king who went mad when she refused to marry him. Dimpna became the saint of madness. The history of care for the sick in the Dimpna hospital is told. The hospital was founded in 1286. In 1861 it started its focus on psychiatric and neurological illnesses in 'family care', for which the hospital and Geel are still famous. There are many old items related to care on display. There is also a lot of attention for the life of the nurses. Altogether, a very informative museum about a unique piece of history, illustrated with many original items.

3. Stedelijk Zwembad

Fehrenbachstraat 26a, Geel 2440, Belgium +32 14 56 67 00
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4 based on 15 reviews

Stedelijk Zwembad

Reviewed By deired - Bucharest, Romania

for only 4E (price for student) you can spend a nice day at the public swimming pool in geel. the place is perfect for children of all ages, there are several pools with different depth's, 3 slides, 1 bid pool only for swimming, and my favourite 1 springboard and a 3 metre hight platform to jump in the big pool.
the place also has gym facilities, basketball Playgrounds, an outdoor pool, a voleyball playground and a small restaurant.
very clean and organized!

4. Gio's

Markt 14, Geel 2440, Belgium +32 14 73 95 25
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4 based on 12 reviews

Gio's

Reviewed By Coppens P - Mol, Belgium

if you are on holiday in the region of geel mol Turnhout lommel or Herentals in Belgium , you will have a great time in this bar , the gio's angels will serve you with passion , the owners are very young but so professional and the mood , drinks and music will give you an unforgetabel evening in Belgium , lots of parking and in the weekend lots of people who are enjoying life full speed

5. Geel War Cemetery

Molseweg, Geel, Belgium 01628 507200
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4 based on 12 reviews

Geel War Cemetery

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

I rate 'average' because all the military cemetaries are set up the same. With 400 casualties, the size of this cemetary is average. One of the few physical reminders of the battle for Geel that took place here in 1944. One Canadian, the rest are British. When in the area, it is always good to take some time to contemplate our violent past in such a place.

6. Wellzen

Winkelomseheide 31, Geel 2440, Belgium +32 495 21 01 31
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5 based on 4 reviews

Wellzen

Reviewed By EviGenk - Genk

Via een lastminute in deze sauna gekomen.
Nooit eerder gezien dus wellicht nieuw. Gereserveerd, vriendelijke dame aan de telefoon.
Bij aankomt op de parking naast het gebouw bleek het inderdaad een vrij nieuw complex te zijn.
Een vriendelijke ontvangst en zo startte de rondleiding.
Een biosapje stond klaar. De gastvrouw had het zelf gemaakt.
Een aparte rondleiding van de biodrankjes in de koelkast tot de zwarte zeep die ook werd aangeboden door het huis met een scrub met bepaalde etherische oliën.
De stoomcabine werkte super! De jacuzzi was ook perfect en proper net als het zwembad en de loungeruimte binnen. Ook het badlinnen wat inclusief was, was van een superkwaliteit.
We hebben gebruik gemaakt van de aperitiefhapjes ook allemaal in biostijl, zeer lekker en vers bereid.
Ook het middagmaal voor mij pasta met olijfolie en pijnboompitten, voor mijn vriend tortellini met bacon in de oven werd geserveerd met lookbrood. Alles geserveerd vers uit eigen keuken.
Zelfs de wijn en het bier zit een verhaal aan vast zodat je je bijna onschuldig voelt en het allemaal gezond lijkt.
Voor bioliefhebbers ben je hier echt op je plek, de dame weet heel goed waar ze mee bezig is en het is een topper voor de omgeving!
Een adres waar ik zeker wil terugkeren voor de kwaliteit, service en aanbod!

7. St. Dymphna Church

Geel, Belgium
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

St. Dymphna Church

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

I was lucky to find someone working at the front door, at a time when the church should be closed. The workman was fine with me having a look inside. It is ashame that the church is closed from September through March, and that was until now not mentioned on Tripadvisor, since there are some nice treasures to be found inside. Most eye-catching is the tomb of Jan III of Merode and his wife Anna van Gistel. There are many impressive altarpieces, most with sculptures in the center, and sculptures or paintings on the side panels. These include the Dimpna altar piece from 1515, the passion altar piece from 1490. There are also various old paintings. Some descriptions of these works are desirable, but maybe they are there during official openings.

8. Leonidas Geel

Kollegestraat 8, Geel 2440, Belgium +32 14 58 61 06
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Leonidas Geel

9. Bon Bon Giorno

Kollegestraat 8, Geel 2440, Belgium +32 14 58 61 06
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Bon Bon Giorno

Bon Bon Giorno gives the sweet or savory key to all your gifts. Go on a discovery trip and be amazed by what we have to offer you. We would like to welcome you to our store where you can taste our artisan coffee while making your choice. At Bon Bon Giorno you will find the ideal & tasty souvenir!

Reviewed By Thomas K

Ruim aanbod van ambachtelijk geroosterde koffie! Licht verteerbaar, ideaal voor na het avondmaal dankzij het laag cafeïnegehalte.
Ook leuke geschenkpakketten met originele streekproducten.

10. Kinderboerderij de Heihoeve

Kleinemeerdijk 21, Geel 2440, Belgium +32 496 75 70 39
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3 based on 14 reviews

Kinderboerderij de Heihoeve

Reviewed By Marieke D

Kinderboerderij is ok for the price as well as for education. Animals are nice for the kids, outside playground as well. Inside is messy and dusty. Advertised that no picknick is allowed but nothing to eat except chips and icecream, advertising should be adjusted. We've seen it, not coming back. We'll look for a nicer one...

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