Until about 1900, Oldemarkt was home to one of the most important butter and cattle markets in the province. The iconic ferryhouse from 1821 is still testament to this glorious trading past, a state monument ‘at the head’ of the Mallegat. The annual Lambertus market reminds us of this illustrious status. Nowadays, Oldemarkt is a stop along the way for pilgrims. They follow the trail of the Jacobsschelp (a scallop) on their journey from Sint-Jacobiparochie to Hasselt. The Sint Willibrord Church spans the heart of the village. Please consider yourself welcome, whatever your religion or persuasion.
The butter market and the piglet market were once the biggest crowd-pullers in this traditionally bustling village. The busiest day of the year in Oldemarkt is Ascension Day. Tens of thousands of bargain hunters visit the annual Lambertus market. The village has beautiful façades and great shops. One striking building is the Veerhuis from 1823, at the Mallegat local marina. The Jabikspaad pilgrim route also passes through lively Oldemarkt!