Halen ( Limburg: Hole) is a Belgian town in the west of the province of Limburg, which belongs to the region of Flanders. The town has 9352 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2012) and has an area of ​​36.29 km ².


Halen is 2 between Diest ( about 7 km north-west and Hasselt ( about 17 km east) on the National Road N. West of the city leads to the motorway junction 25 ( Halen ) the A2 via the N 2

By the river Gete Halen flow and Velp, both of which culminate in the vicinity in the Demer.


When Halen, at the bridge over the Gete, one of the first fighting during the German occupation of Belgium in World War I took place in August 1914 with the battle of Haelen instead. The Belgian army was indeed victorious, but the battle had no significant effect on the enemy's occupation of the country. A small museum is dedicated to this battle.

Today's church was formed by the merger of the formerly independent communities Halen and Loksbergen on 1 January 1965 and Tzelem on 1 January 1977. Since July 1985, has the status of a city.


The church Sint Pieter in de gangs (St. Peter in Chains ) dates from the 11th century. The top floors of the tower, whose top may have been built after the First World War.


Halen is twinned with the German city of Pasewalk ( Western Pomerania).