Blankenberge Travel Guide

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Blankenberge Things to Do

  • Going to the beach

    Going to the beach and having a swim in the North sea is on top of the things to do at Blankenberge.The beach offers many places with a bar and beach chair rental.They also offer cabins to change your cloth.

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  • The Yacht Harbour And Marina

    With its two basins the inner harbour provides a full range of basic marina facilities for both visiting boats and berths for locally-based boats. It is ideal for small to medium sized craft - up to 15 metres length and 2.5 metres draught. Services include fresh water, electricity and fuel whilst the shore facilities offer showers, laundry and the...

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  • Blankenberge Lighthouse

    The Blankenberge Lighthouse is basically a navigational aid to guide ships towards the harbour with the harbour entrance itself having two smaller lights for their final approach. There has been a lighthouse on this site since 1817 which was rebuilt in 1872 as an octagonal tower. This was destroyed by the Germans during World War II and the...

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  • Sint-Antonius Abtkerk

    I'm not really much of a church person but the stunning lighting of this one at sunset caught my camera eye and so a few pics had to be taken. This is the town's main church, dedicated to St Antony. The original building dates from the 14th century but was all but destroyed by the revolting Dutch during the late 16th century uprising against...

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  • De Paravang

    This interesting little public building dates from 1908. The name, "De Paravang" literally translates as "The Windshield" and it separates the central Leopold Park and the Inner Harbour, overlooking either depending on which side you sit. Which is of course precisely its function, you can sit sheltered from the wind on whatever side provides that...

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  • Old Architecture

    With all its modern (over)development there's not a lot left of architecture older than the last few decades, not even from the Belle Époque years preceding the First World War. There are some bits and pieces around though but they do require searching out.The street pictured here is Rogierlaan, which runs behind the upper part of Zeedijk, where...

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Blankenberge Hotels

Blankenberge Restaurants

  • Be Prepared To Defend Your Cake!

    It may seem a bit odd to find me sitting with a coffee outside a bar which stocks 75+ beers, but it was morning and I do have a strict rule never to start on the beer until I've done something either cultural, energetic or constructive - having done none of these it was still coffee-time. The street facing the Leopoldpark - everything here seems to...

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  • Franky

    Part of the Franky hotel, menu offering a favourite of mine, stoofvlees (beef cooked in beer), enticed us inside. Large and comfortable restaurant, lots of local specialities on offer, Mrs Bonio didn't find too many vegetarian choices but she managed!Everything very tasty, friendly service and a reasonable price.

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  • Recommended

    Recommended as somewhere likely to have vegetarian choices, and so they did, Mrs Bonio very happy.Interesting menu to choose from and all food very tasty, comfortable and friendly restaurant, enjoyed our evening here.

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Blankenberge Nightlife

  • Ideal For A Beer After A Day Out

    There are a trio of little terraced bars opposite the Leopold Plein Kusttram stop and they're probably all a bit of a one-ness but in late May, when us tourists are a bit thin on the ground, they seem to close fairly early with the exception of Flèche D'or.This was a handy little bar for me since it was between the tram stop and my hotel and so I...

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  • Not Just For The Gamblers

    Around the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries Blankenberge was a popular upmarket seaside resort, its "Belle Epoque" period when wealthy families would come to the town, complete with their households, for the season.It's no surprise then to find that the town boasts a suitably smart-looking casino. Here you'll find the usual roulette, blackjack,...

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  • Definitely A John Pub!

    It wasn't just the beer price that endeared me to this little café-bar, although at 1.80 euro for a 33ml serving Les Deux Clefs is probably the cheapest pub in town. Nor was it the delicious landlady, Patricia. A friendly crowd of locals was a major plus as were the cheap snack sausages hanging behind the bar.Even though I only had one night here...

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Blankenberge Transportation

  • The Belgian Rail Pass

    Note - Since VT have decided to promote our "Country" pages as a sort of city and town gazetteer then there's no point is writing this tip as part of a Belgium page. Therefore it'll appear in exactly the same form on all my Belgian locations which have a train station.The best way to travel around Belgium, in my opinion anyway, is by train. The...

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  • A Family-Fun Way To Get Around

    Blankenberge and its immediate environs is pretty flat and so cycling makes for a enjoyable way of getting around and within the town motor traffic is quite light. For getting out and about along the coast the roads have dedicated cycle-paths and everywhere has strategically-located cycle parking where you can chain the bikes up.The main cycle-hire...

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  • Trains To, And From, Blankenberge

    Blankenberge is the terminus of the direct railway line to Brussels, passing through Bruges and Ghent, and trains run hourly in both directions with a journey time of about 1 hour 30 minutes. The station is located at Leopold III Plein, close to the town centre, a short walk from the Kusttram stop and the VVV Tourist Office, and has basic...

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Blankenberge Shopping

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    Souvenirs: Souvenirs and beach toys and games

    by kylian74 Written Jul 24, 2003

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    The shop is located at the seafront, quite small but they have many choices of souvenirs inside and toys/games for the kids to play at the beach.

    What to buy: Some beach games, postcards and some little souvenirs from Blankenberge.

    What to pay: A few euros!

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Blankenberge Local Customs

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    M923 Blankenberge

    by grayfo Written Apr 19, 2013

    MSC Class Coastal Minesweeper

    Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper that was laid down as AMS-170 by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., New York, transferred to Belgium and named Blankenberge (M 923) in May 1954. The ship was returned to US Navy custody in February 1955 when it was reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-170. In September 1969 the ship was transferred to Greece and renamed Thalia (M 210), she was decommissioned in 2004 and scrapped in March 2012 at Piraeus, Greece.

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Blankenberge Warnings and Dangers

  • the beach rescue team at the coast

    Zeedijk King BeachRescue leader: 050/41 37 17Nursery: 050/41 25 55Lost children: 050/41 37 17e-mail: strandreddingsdienst@blankenberge.beThe principal postis situated in the building of the kingbeach. You can see the big white "tower" grote witte 'toren' from the beach.When you are with the back to the see, it is on the extreme right side.You can...

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  • Too many people

    Sometimes in the summer, if the temperature rise to more than 25 degrees celcius, expect the crowd! it is advisable as early as possible to take advance hotel booking, otherwise you won't find anything. restaurants along seaside are mostly full during meal time, better wait a bit late.

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Blankenberge What to Pack

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    Good Beer Guide to Belgium

    by bonio Updated Oct 6, 2008

    Miscellaneous: As the title suggests, a rundown on most of the beers brewed in Belgium, and some good places to try them. A great help when confronted by a beer menu with up to 300 different beers! It's by Tim Webb and published by CAMRA in the UK.
    Led us to Cafe Luxembourg, on Zeedijk, comfortable with a good choice of beers, and then Den Brasseur on Leopoldstraat with an equally impressive beer menu and tasty snacks.

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Blankenberge Off The Beaten Path

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    The "paravent"

    by dedeckerm. Written Aug 19, 2004

    The name comes from the French word "paravent" which means windscreen. This elegant structure with an oriental look dates back to the Belle-Epoque-era.

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Blankenberge Sports & Outdoors

  • If You Don't Mind The Cold Water

    Blankenberge seems to be the best rated spot for surfing on the Belgian coast. When the pier at the entrance to the yacht harbour was built it was designed to create a man-made break for surfers to enjoy. Being at the bottom end of the beach the water here doesn't get the sea bathers that the more central sections get and so surfers have the place...

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  • The Harbour

    The port to the sea where 1000 yachts are anchored in one of the most beautiful marinas on the Belgian coast

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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  • Finding Your Way Around

    Blankenberge is a compact little town with most things of interest congregated around the seafront. It's kinda difficult to get lost but just in case you'll find the street maps pictured at strategic locations and pretty much everything of interest is well-signposted, including some of the more popular hotels.Plus you can also pick up a freebie map...

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  • The VVV Tourist Office

    If you do need the services of the Tourist Office here in Blankenberge you'll find it handily located on Leopold III Plein where the Kusttram stop is and pretty much next door to the railway station. Multi-lingual staff (Dutch, French, German and English mainly) can assist with any tourist queries you may have including accommodation assistance,...

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  • Tourist Office and Useful links

    Blankenberge Tourist Office (VVV):Koning Leopold III-plein8370 Blankenberge. Tel: +32-50-412227 Useful links:Blankenberge City PageDe Kust information

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Sea Life Center
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the velodrome at the beach
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