Damme Travel Guide

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Damme Things to Do

  • Canal cruise

    From Damme you can embark to the canal cruise, the boat leaves to Brugge and in reverse directionThe "Lamme Goedzak" boat sails five times daily between Brugge and Damme from From April 1st untill October 15thIf you coming to Damme with bicycle and do not want to go back along the way, take the canal boat back to Bruges along with your bike, is a...

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  • Visit the very small village of...

    Is only 1 km from Damme, in 1974 it was in fact voted the prettiest village in West Flanders The village center is small and old whitewashed façades make it very cozy, is not known for visitors but for the hikers and bikers they are come along this wayThis small villages has nothing much to offer but if you are in nearby towns such as Damme a quick...

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  • Walking through Nature

    The nature of Damme and environment should also be admired a nice combination of green and culture. There are walking paths which is easy to navigate, hikers and bikers are both use the same path. The walk it continuously along the canal or the dike On a Sunday afternoon stroll with a nice balance between culture and nature a little short to score...

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  • Wandering around

    Of course you can wander around if really wants to see beautiful things so that in no time at all worthwhile for your eyesDamme is quiet and peaceful, walking is easy without disturbance from vehicles, most of the car park is outside the centerWhat you mostly encounter in the center are bicycles many local coming here with bikes or rent a bike as...

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  • The Church

    Located in largely walled southwest of the city center with an adjoining cemetery south and north church square. The growth of the city is in the early thirteenth century the creation of a new parish in addition to the existing parish of St. Catherine-off-Damme, and the construction of a new church neededThe church square to the north is surrounded...

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  • The Town Hall

    Detached building located on the east side of the Market with south side wall along the Jacob Van Maerlantstraat. Cobbled yard north and east side through iron gate between square stone pillars and walls on the east side, abstract stone sculpture vertical forms by sculptor Jef Innegraeve (Bruges, 1936) on rectangular masonry plinthMap of irregular...

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Damme Hotels

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  • De Speye

    Damse vaart zuid 5-6, Damme, 8340, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Ter Polders

    Damse Vaart Noord 3-4, Damme, 8340, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • De Stamper

    12 Zuiddijk, Damme, 8340, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Damme Restaurants

  • Good location with outdoor sitting

    Excellent location near the canal with outdoor sitting many choice from the menu list waiter and waitress are very friendly As you enter the center of Damme is the first restaurant you encounter if you came across the canal The ribs are good serve with french fries

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  • Excellent restaurant well off the beaten...

    We rented a gite near Maldegem and asked our landlady to recommend a restaurant for my birthday. She suggested De Roste Muis and gave us careful directions and GPS coordinates. This was most fortunate because it is in the middle of nowhere near the Belgian border with the Netherlands. At one point we were driving along a canal and thought we had...

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  • Home made soup

    As we planned a bike trip to Bruges, we didn't want to spend too much time in a restaurant. Something warm, a light meal for lunch was enough.This no-nonsense restaurant offers dishes such as steaks, porc, lamb, fish with vegetables, fries... simple meals at reasonable prices.Also for lunch there are snacks, salads, spaghetti... We had a bowl of...

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  • Don't miss the local food

    Damme is a popular venue for eating out, and a destination for boat and definately cycle trips, direction Bruges or the dutch border. - Spare ribs- Côtes à l'os- Grilled Salmon

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  • Lunch and tea-room

    A nice place to warm up your bones, in february 2008, a cold day in Damme. My second visit to this village of books.Tea is served on a traditional japanese way. You can have a lot of warm drinks, hot chocomilk with a little rum. But also some snacks are served, this all at reasonable prices.The servants are very friendly.Remarkable is the waterpump...

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  • Plenty of restaurants!

    Don't worry, you won't starve in Damme!There are plenty of restaurants in the few streets, in every price category.De Damsche Poort has a very good reputation. We were there in the afternoon, so the place was closed.I peeked inside though, and it looked very charming.Their menu looked good as well, and was not as expensive as I thought it would be.

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Damme Transportation

  • Get the bus

    Bus 43 goes from Bruges station (it stops at T'Zand too) to Damme plats (town square). It's an interesting journey in itself, taking you through Bruges to the Dampoort and onwards to Damme. You can buy tickets from the driver: mine cost 2.70 euros one-way in July 2008. The journey takes around 20 minutes.If you have time, travelling out on the bus...

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  • The Maerlant route - 52 km

    Better than by horse taxi is crossing the country by rented bikeBest location and fee : Winkel van Tijl & NeleJacob van Maerlantstraat 2Damme050 35 71 92€ 2.25 / uur€ 9.95 / dag

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  • "De Lamme Goedzak " boat between Brugge...

    Feel like going to Brugge by boat?The trip takes 40 minutes, for a distance of 5 (!) kilometers.Still the boat is a succesful attraction. Take in account that this boat won't take you to the Grand Place in Brugge, but to the Dampoort. After this, it's still a 30 minutes walk to the center.Personally I would even prefer walking to the center of...

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Damme Shopping

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  • Books and local handicraft

    Nice little shops mainly located in the "Kerkstraat" - the mainstreet in this little village A souvenir for my beloved daughter. And second hand books, about the history of West-Flanders, books about the second world war, and strips - my favourite item.Don't forget to buy local products like :Damse kaas : cheese called MokkeLocal beer :...

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  • Souvenirs, Local specialities...

    There are very few shops in Damme. I saw some libraries, a pharmacy, a butcher's and a hairdresser, a drinkmarket... and then this shop. I think it's the only interesting shop for tourists.Besides typical souvenirs, gifts, local specialities and beers, they also sell sandwishes. Closed on Friday

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Damme Local Customs

  • Market on Thursday

    Damme has very few shops, so the weekly market on Thursday has a lot of success. We were charmed by this bakery stall, ran by a very gentle couple. They decorated their stall with little plates full of proverbs. Very original. While my husband and I were reading the proverbs, the owner offered us a piece of cake. Delicious! They also sell bread...

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  • Tijl Uilenspiegel

    Tijl Uilenspiegel is a living hero in Damme.This youngman, his girlfriend Nele and his best friend Lamme Goedzak, put up the battle against the Spanish in the Netherlands. There are lots of stories about him... too much to tell about it, so google it.A pleasure to do is to look for statues of Tijl Uilenspiegel in Damme, you'll be suprised!They also...

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  • Where the name 'Damme' comes from

    In the old days Damme was called 'Hondsdamme' (dog dam).This comes from a legend :the workers who where digging the canal got scared of a dog, who was howling and 'spooking' around the workplace. They thought it was the devil, because the riverbank always broke.One day the caught the dog and trew him in the river and since them the bank never broke...

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Damme Warnings and Dangers

  • Police on ice

    Not a danger, but a warning for skaters. Police is controlling skaters on the canal of Damme.never tell me again that belgian police is multiflexible and functional (haha)

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  • Outdoor scating

    Be aware that outside skating can be very dangerous on spots of tinny ice, especially when a lot of scating fanatics are in the same area.During my one day trip to Damme, a mother lost her child for about two hours, So keep an eye on them

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Damme Tourist Traps

  • Restaurants

    Almost all houses in the main street "Kerkstraat" are restaurants. They are all very cosy and inviting. Their facades are fresh painted in white, clean, neat...Around 11 pm the whole street smells good of garlic or fried onions...One should think that there should be a fierce competition among these restaurants, what should result in sharp...

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  • Too much traffic

    What bothered me the most, was the heavy traffic coming through the main street of Damme. Along this main street, you find a lot of cafes with nice terraces in front of the building next to the street, but with all this traffic, it was not enjoyable. Too noisy and smelling (from the cars). When the weather is nice and you want to sit outside, try...

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Damme Off The Beaten Path

  • Scating on the canal of Damme

    From Bruges to Damme and finally Sluis (NL). Picture taken on the road back home, in january 2009 - a froozen canal ( 12 yrs ago was the last time this happened ) between Bruges and Sluis. In the picture : Lapscheure, close to Damme and Sluis.

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  • A quiet walk.......

    After you have visited the church, keep walking on the same side of the rod to the little bridge.Just before the bridge, on the right, is a 'wandelpad' (footpath) which leads you alongside a little river back to the main road from Bruges.It's a lovely walk through trees, with excellent views of the church, plenty of birds and ends up with a pretty...

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  • Look up in the church too

    Although they are very difficult to see, the church of Our Lady in Damme has some very old (and very important, in consequence) wooden carvings of the Apostles tucked high into the roof.They date from 13th century, were once painted and are possibly the oldest such carvings in Belgium.They only escaped destruction in the 16th century bceause they...

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Damme Sports & Outdoors

  • Scating on the canal of Damme

    A tradition in most of the northern countries. A rare sport activity in Flanders.. skating;It as about 12 years ago that the canal was frozen and the ice was good enough to allow sporting A good pair of skates, bought or rented, and warm clothes

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  • Lots of bicycle routes in the region

    The Tourist Office of Damme proposes a lot of bicycle itineraries. Brocures and maps are for sale at moderated prices.We went to Bruges by bike. Only 5 kilometres from Damme. We did it in 15 minutes.I can advice everyone to visit Brugge by bike. It's a small city and very accesibly for bikes. If you want to see everything in one day, it's a great...

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  • Cycling trough the polders

    Buy a guide book and go cycling trough the polders of Flanders. You can rent a bike :Tijl en NeleJacob van Maerlantstraat 2Phone : +32 (0) 50 35 71 92 e-mail: tijl.nele@pandora.beRent-a-bike Tijl & Nele

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  • BOOKDORP

    Damme is a little villange not far from Brugges.It is known for the book stores and the book market.Stolling in the village gives you a special fleeling; also with a bike it very nice to visit the surounding area.You can also take the boat from Brugges

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  • a trip to "het Zwin"

    "Het Zwin" is a nature preserve for birds, located NE of Brugge.This preserve was developped by the gradually growth of sandbanks in the channels form Brugge to the Northsea. A process of many many years since the Middle Ages.This picture was taken in Winter at the border of Belgium with the Netherlands, in a town called Retranchement.The nature...

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  • A trip to Brugge

    Brugge is only 5 kilometers from Damme. As the center of Brugge cannot be reached by car, I'd advice to take a bus or to rent a bike in Damme.We parked our car in Damme, took a cup of coffee in one of the multiple cafés there and then made the trip by bike to Brugge. Visiting Brugge by bike is an unique experience.

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