Genk is one of those Belgian cities that you might think you've got pegged down – but which turns out to be quite capable of throwing you curve-balls. Long known as a grimy coal-mining backwater, in the quarter of a century since its coal-boom ended Genk has remade itself. And as the youngest of Belgium's cities (only granted that status in 2000) it has taken to the task enthusiastically. It is one of the most important industrial cities in Flanders, located on the Albert Canal, between Antwerp and Liège.
Gebk has nice attractions and great place to explore. The biggest tourist attraction of Genk is Bokrijk, an open-air museum consisting of authentic relocated buildings (mainly dating from 17th till 19th century) from all over Flanders. In the summer season, historical Flanders comes alive in Bokrijk through numerous actors and re-enactment events.