Bessenlaan 2, Kortrijk, West Flanders, 8500, Belgium
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The Broel museum
Café St, Georges - Kortrijk
If anyone has good suggestions for Kortrik and BELGIUM welcomed because I plan to go there on october!!!
It depends on how long you're staying but i"m guessing it's difficult to spend more then half a day in Kortrijk.
Gent, Brugge and Ieper are nearby, so lot's of possibities there!!
Have a great trip,
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I plan to be one day there at the fair Interieur.
Then to go to supper + sleep in Brugges and I have one day for visiting before I leave to Cologne (arround 6 pm.).
So I only 2 days in Belgium … for work and fun!
From my city it cost only 12 Euros to go there so I cannot resist!
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I agree with Mark, apart from shopping, there isn't much to do in Kortrijk.
As for the rest of Belgium:
These are the most interesting cities.
When are you coming? Maybe we can have that long-planned meeting then? ( I'm off to NY from the 9th-20th, so I hope it's before or after these dates)
To spend a half day at Kortrijk is good because their are some things to see at the twown.
A mini meeting at kortrijk looks great, if i have time than a can be your guide.
Since you are so close to Ieper, that's where I would go if I were you. Few cities have left such an emotional impression on me. Stay until 20.00 and hear the Last Post played at Menin Gate and don't miss In Flanders Fields Museum in the old cloth hall, blown to smithereens in 1916 and carefully restored today. Very moving! See the Ieper pages on VT for pics.
It's like the others said. Leave Kortrijk after the fair and head for Brugge. If you take up the offer of one the forum members offers to be a guide, then you're half a day will be well spent.
Travel Tips for Kortrijk
Next to the official...
Next to the official sightseeing (www.kortrijk.be) you should taste the local beers and 'gin' (jenever) St.Pol. Visit the beer cellar under the town hall. Strolling along the river Leie and going back in history. Visit the Groeninge museum with a copy of the Venus of Kortrijk.( original in Mariemont, Hainaut)
The wind is not only the energy from the past. As elsewhere in the country, Kortrijk is not left to recover the cheap energy of the wind!
You will find the four turbines on the hills on your bike routes (see map with benchmarks) A new way to use free energy from the wind.
Le vent n'est pas seulement l'énergie du passée. Comme partout dans le pays Kortrijk n'est pas en reste pour récupérer l'énergie bon marché du vent !
Vous retrouverez les quatres turbines sur les hauteurs sur votre parcours à vélo (voir la carte avec les points repères) Une nouvelle manière d'employer l'énergie gratuite du vent.
St. Elisabeth Beguinage
The custom of the Beguinage here in Belgium is fascinating and shows a much more advanced attitute toward women than was evident elsewhere in medieval Europe.
In the picture you can see the enclosing wall that protected and shelterd the Beguinage. In the second picture you have an example of the wonderful architecture found inside.
If you want to read a little of the history, try this website.
the old Town Hall of Courtrai
The TOWN HALL was built in a late gothic-renaissance style. The Aldermen's Chamber, on the ground floor, was used as a court. Upstairs, the Council Hall was the place where laws were made in the old days. Both rooms have a mantelpiece dating back to the 16th century. The sculptors are still unknown. Please take notice of the stained window glasses and the mural paintings. Two topographic maps are to be seen on the walls of the Council Chamber: the left one is a map of the "Kasselrij", the one on the right-hand side represents the city of Kortrijk and its surrounding area (1641).After leaving the Town Hall, we take a look at the facade of the building, decorated with the statues of the Counts of Flanders.
I visited Kortrijk about 2 years ago after the fantastic Ieper VT-meeting in 2007.
This time in 2009, our friends Filip, Jean-Pierre and Patje put their head and brains together and organized another great VT-meet in this historical city.
Lack of time will make me postpone adding tips and pics... but do have a look at my VT meeting page of Kortrijk!
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