Exactly 800 years ago the Belgian village of Turnhout gained the privileges of a town and many once-in-a-lifetime events will celebrate this achievement throughout 2012. Due to this fact, Turnhout is also an official Flemish City of Culture for the entire year of 2012. This is an apt title for a distinctive city that has plenty to offer day trippers. Turnhout is also an attractive place for sports enthusiasts and people who appreciate nature.The city’s park is a great place for a picnic and many walking and cycling routes criss-cross the area, especially the Turnhout Fens, just north of town. Shoppers will also have plenty do, as will foodies and gourmets. And if you've still got some energy left after perusing Turnhout’s shops and sights, the town centre is full of lively pubs and bars. Naturally, there's no need to drive home after a long day, as there are plenty of places to spend the night for all budgets from campgrounds to 5-star hotels.