Haacht

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Haacht
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Haacht
Flag
Coat of arms of Haacht
Coat of arms
Haacht is located in Belgium
Haacht
Haacht
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°59′N 04°38′E / 50.983°N 4.633°E / 50.983; 4.633Coordinates: 50°59′N 04°38′E / 50.983°N 4.633°E / 50.983; 4.633
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Flemish Brabant
Arrondissement Leuven
Government
 • Mayor Mon Fillet (Open VLD)
 • Governing party/ies VLD, CD&V
Area
 • Total 30.57 km2 (11.80 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 14,186
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Postal codes 3150
Area codes 016, 015
Website www.haacht.be

Haacht (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦäːx̟t̪]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the towns of Haacht proper, Kelfs, Tildonk, Wakkerzeel and Wespelaar.

On January 1, 2006 Haacht had a total population of 13,608. The total area is 30.57 km² which gives a population density of 445 inhabitants per km².

Special attractions in Haacht are:

  • The church St.-Remigius, of which some walls still date the original construction from the year 1281.
  • The Anti-Tank wall, a defensive line built in 1939 to protect against German attack. The wall was ineffective, as the Germans took a wide detour around it. In 1997 the nature preservation group Natuurpunt made it a protected natural area.
  • The brewery of Haacht, the biggest Belgian brewery that is still in Belgian ownership and the third Belgian brewery regarding marketshare. The brewery is named after the municipality of Haacht but is actually located within the borders of neighbouring municipality Boortmeerbeek.
  • The new sporting facilities 'Den Dijk', opened in 2003, with a separate gymnastics hall.
  • It also has the nearest train station in its surroundings: Haacht Railway Station.

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church: Sint Remigiuskerk
The Anti-Tank wall on July 27, 2005. Built to protect against the German tank attacks during World War II, today a preserved natural area.