Aalst is a relatively small city tucked away on the banks of the River Dendre.
It is often passed through as people travel between the neighbouring cities of Ghent and Brussels but it should not just be overlooked.
The highlights within the city include some great museums and art galleries, stunning gothic architecture and, of course, its annual carnival.
Aside from these attractions the city has all the charm and sophistication of other Belgian cities whilst remaining less crowded and less expensive.
If you do decide to spend a few days giving the city of Aalst a chance be sure to check out this list of the 15 Best Things to do in Aalst:
1. The Netwerk Contemporary Art Centre
The Netwerk Contemporary Art Centre is one of the finest and most active art institutions in the East Flanders area.
Inside the centre, visitors have access to a wide range of exhibitions, informative lectures on various art subjects and even concerts.
The modern looking building is actually a former tobacco building.
Throughout the year, the venue hosts many artistic events and is a great place for travellers to appreciate a great selection of contemporary art.