The current municipality of Berlaar was founded on 1 January 1965. Berlaar is actually a fusion of the former municipality Gestel and the Core of Berlaar itself. Berlaar is a part of the Belgische Kempen.
According to legend, the citizens of the early Middle Ages couldn't agree on where the church had to be build. They let fate decide and let two bears fight over it. Where the one bear killed the other that would be the location the church should be build. Hence the exceptional position of the church at the end of the village square and not in the center as usual.