Aalst, Belgium

Aalst (Dutch pronunciation: [aːlst]; French: Alost, Brabantian: Oilsjt) is a city and municipality on the Dender River, 31 kilometres (19 mi) northwest from Brussels in the Flemish province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Aalst itself and the villages of Baardegem, Erembodegem, Gijzegem, Herdersem, Hofstade, Meldert, Moorsel and Nieuwerkerken. Aalst is crossed by the Molenbeek-Ter Erpenbeek in Aalst and Hofstade. The current mayor of Aalst is Christoph D'Haese, from the New-Flemish Alliance party. The town has a long-standing (folkloric) feud with Dendermonde (north along the river), which dates from the Middle Ages.

Aalst
Aalst City Hall
Aalst
Location in Belgium
Location of Aalst in East Flanders
Coordinates: 50°56′18″N 04°02′21″E
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceEast Flanders
ArrondissementAalst
Government
  MayorChristoph D'Haese (N-VA)
  Governing party/iesN-VA, Open VLD, CD&V
Area
  Total78.12 km2 (30.16 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
  Total85,715
  Density1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Postal codes
9300, 9308, 9310, 9320
Area codes053
Websitewww.aalst.be