the river Leie
The river Leie starts in Lisbourg, France, and of its 186 km it streams 93km through Belgium. In Ghent it merges with the river Scheldt.
The river Leie has been used for transportation since the middleages, and cities along the Leie became important trading places. A large part of the has been canalised to prevent flooding and make the use of larger ships possible.
Discover Menen by GSM
At the major attractions and monuments you can dial a phone number and listen to the explanation on your mobile phone.
There are different numbers for three languages: dutch, french and english. Choose your point of interest 1-20 and press#. The number is found at a sign near the monument. (see the picture.) The explanation will take between 1.5 to 2 minutes.
The cost is the same as a normal mobile phone call.
english: 02 810 01 11
dutch: 02 810 01 10
french: 02810 01 09
town hall = 1 #
belfry = 2 #
and more in the pamflet or on the signs.
Take your walkingshoes
There are some great routes plotted around Menen.
We did take the citywalk. This is not signposted. But you can get a brochure at the tourist info, or see our travelogue.
Another great and very different is the Smokkelaarspad. A route across the borders, through the fields and along the smugglers route. This signposted with 6sided signposts. But do have a look at our travelogue to see how it was.
Driving with the bike from home
"The harbour on the Lys - Leie river"
From our house you will need less than an hour by bike to reach the center of Menen.
Without being in a must tour in Belgium, Menen has nevertheless some advantages that will make the travellers passing through. The strategic position on the border with France, anchored on the banks of the Leie River (Lys) has been always a privileged place. Moreover, the Bruges-Lille route through here ...
The first mention dates back to 1087. Over the centuries the military have also left traces: Vauban, Austrians, bunkers ... many "traces" a reminder of important periods of history.
De notre maison il vous faudra moins d'une heure à vélo pour arriver au centre de Menen.
Sans être une ville incontournable, Menen a néanmoins certains atouts qui comblerons le voyageurs de passage. La position stratégique à la frontière avec la France, ancrée sur les berges de la rivière Leie (Lys) en a fait de tous temps un endroit privilégié. De plus la route Bruges- Lille passant par là...
La première mention remonte à 1087. Au cours des siècles les militaires y ont également laissés des traces: Vauban, les Autrichiens, les casemates... de nombreuses "traces" rappellent des périodes importantes de l'histoire.
" The German cemetery "
Also during the turbulent periods of the first and second world war Menen had an important role.
Menen'14 was in'18 in German industry. And again this has left its mark. some bunker but a moving military cemetery.
Également durant les périodes agitées de la première et seconde guerre mondiale Menen eu un rôle important .
Menen était en '14 '18 en secteur Allemand. Et ici encore cela a laissé des traces. quelques bunker mais surtout un émouvant cimetière militaire.
" Of course local beer "
And of course, as tradition dictates, the village at a local beer: "Do Goen" leads to good (beer)
Et bien sûr, comme le veut la tradition, le ville à une bière locale: "Ne Goen": se traduit par une bonne (bière)
Menen - In Flanders Fields
"Behind the Lines"
Menen during the great war was a German army hospital and rest town. just to the west of the town is a large cemetry dedicated to the fallen of the Geman army, unlike the graves and memorials of the commenwealth this and other cemetaries are seldom visited. If you are touring The war grarves or the battle fields of flanders then Menen is an ideal location with many of the sites within 30 mins drive. and you can return to the hotel in the evening for quiet reflection away from the more touristic area of Ieper