De Haan Travel Guide

  • De Haan tram station
    De Haan tram station
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    De Haan town scene
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    A beautiful building in De Haan
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De Haan Things to Do

  • Go to the Beach

    De Haan has a lovely wide beach, and once over the sand dunes at the far end of the beach, you see an incredible vista of sea and sand.The beach by the heart of the town is easily accessible down a slope (right by the ice cream seller, which is very useful on a hot day).I did not see any lifeguards on the beach.

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  • Tram Station

    One of the highlights is the little Tram Station of De Haan, where the tourist office of De Haan is situated (you can find a tram line everywhere along Belgian coast for reaching any coast city). It was built in 1902, when the older one was removed. See the beautifully decorated "Art Nouveau"-style.Walking here in the center of De Haan you can see...

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  • Walk On The Wild Side?

    See the architecture from 19th century in De Haan which made this cute little town that popular. The wonderful located villas with beautiful flowers and quiet charm made a lot of tourists coming to De Haan, enjoying the beach area, too, for a romantic holiday.Actually De Haan got opened for tourism at 22nd of July with the opening of "Hotel du...

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  • Tram Station

    The little station was built in 1902 as a replacement of an older one. This remarkable building has decorative elements in the 'Art Nouveau'-style.

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  • Tenierslaan in De Haan

    Can it be more traditional - english architecture !! De Haan - only 12 km from Ostend and located between Klemskerke and Wenduine-and all this in my favourite city at the belgian coast !!

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  • Rembrandtlaan number 15

    The house called "Columbier"The town was founded rather recently in 1888 by the company "Coq-sur-mer" and the architect E.Colinet.It was not that easy to decide - what is more important - the town itself or the tram line .Those houses are located very near the line from east to west ! From De Panne till Knokke ! And the landscapes between those...

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De Haan Hotels

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  • Hotel Hildekind

    Een niet te vergeten vakantie in De Haan. Een zeer gezellig verzorgd familiehotel gelegen in de...

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  • Astoria Hotel

    Astoria dates from the time of the Belle Epoque. Thanks to the peaceful surroundings in De Haan,...

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  • Hotel 'T Bosje

    2** stars, the hotel offers 22 bedrooms, close to de Haan center, very good breakfast buffet,...

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De Haan Restaurants

  • Strange feeling...

    I just came back from De Haan. I've been there together with my wife and my 3 year old daughter.We had dinner in the restaurant named 'Brasserie Carnac', located in the center of De Haan.I ordered a rib-eye steak, my wife had crab salad and my daughter had spaghetti bolognese.To make it short: My steak (ordered medium!) wasn't even rare...it was...

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  • early bird for dinner

    If you want to go out for dinner in De Haan be aware of two things ...1. make a reservation if you fancy a special of the not to many restaurants 2. and even more import be early, the kitchen of most if not all restaurants closes at 9.30 pm!

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  • STEENGRIL

    We had a wonderful "steengril", ie. all kind of meat you grill on a hot hot square stone plate. All kind of side-dishes you can add, like vegetables, bread, sauces, even french fries/fritten/chips. You have to order this menu beforehand ... Grill your meat on the "steengril" is a very cozy and happy diner as we had in De Haan center. Forgot the...

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  • Restaurant / Bar with seaview

    Nice little Restaurant / Bar at the promenade of the beach. Very nice service...Good seaview, best atmosphere!

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  • Where what to eat when ?

    Like a good friend of mine said - A quick bite ! A slow bite - or an extravagant dinner with friends ! Everything is possible .Lovely places i use to go : -"Frituur" Malino for a portion a belgian frites-"The Lord" - pub and resto - tasting "Kasteelbier" and Mussels !-"Australian ice cream" as dessert This all located at the "Leopoldslaan"BTW - a...

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  • Hot or cold quicky ?

    What would be the choice of Danielle ? An ice cream in the resto IRIS or a hot quickyin the Casanova restaurant next door and both located at the coastline itself !!! Depends on the weather !

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De Haan Nightlife

  • Eddy Wally in De Haan

    If you would like to party all night long in clubs, bars and pubs De Haan might be the wrong place for you. The night life has not much to offer and restaurants also close early ... But by chance we saw The Voice of Europe - EDDY WALLY. It was great fun! ... is everybody happy? .... is everybody sexy? Oh, yeah we are ...

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  • sunset at the beach

    The cheapest and most beautiful nightlife activity. Take some drinks and enyoy the sunset at the beach. Apart from this De Haan didn't have much to offer :-) With friends I was there in June maybe it is different during high season. I guess the one of the few bars / pubs is the one opposite the tram station. In fact you can't miss this one. We went...

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De Haan Transportation

  • Along the coast

    With the Kusttram you can go along the whole Belgium coast from De Panne to Knokke and back. A day ticket is EUR 5 and you can jump up and off the train as much as you want.Great, in August 2007 the day ticket is still just EUR 5!

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  • Tram

    Oh how much fun is a ride on the trams when you are travelling with little people (by that I mean children - age 4 1/2 - not actual little people in any derogatory way!)For a €5 ticket we had freedom of the entire coast of Belgium, had we wanted to we could have travelled from Knokke to De Panne and back again. As it was we took a day from our...

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  • The coastal tram

    Thanks to an extensive road system and a regular tram service, all other seaside resorts are easy to reach. All the coastal trams provide rapid transport to the various attractions, entertainments or events. Furthermore, serveral special "Thematic Trams" have been put into service.

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De Haan Local Customs

  • Belgian tradition of fishing

    This way of catching fresh seafood is and was a tradition at the west coast of Belgium - De Panne Nieuwpoort and Middelkerke - but you can enjoy it in De Haan aswell - during piek tourist season !!

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  • Shrimp Fishing

    A more than tradition at the belgian coastside - fishing on shrimps - with belgian horses - not seven horses in the sky - but in the sea !(lol - hit of a famous belgian group called "The Pebbles" in the sixties- a sign to Wal - in NZ :-)) ...

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  • A brand new village

    It was not until the end of the 19th century that 3 rich gentlemen discovered this beautiful place with a magnificent beach and dune landscape. They decided to create a coastal town in "Belle Epoque" style. This is what makes De Haan so unique. The town was totally created by one architect.

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De Haan Warnings and Dangers

  • No swimming

    Second warning !! No swimming when it is not allowed and "bay-watched" because the sea flow is unpredictable and dangerous - even for professional swimmers - but instead ...catch a lovely ice-cream at the belgian coast !!!BTW De Haan has no breakwaters !!!

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  • De Haan Tram ticketing center

    Always watch out - the tram is coming anyway! From east to west - look out ! from Knokke just to De Panne - about 60 km of coast tram ! Many accidents happened ! The local authorities are working on it to avoid this tragics ! (roadplanning - signals)

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De Haan Tourist Traps

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    by hundertmorgen Updated Jul 19, 2004

    Most Restaurants at the beach promenade are very expensive!!! And it could be very crowded, especially at the weekend...

    Unique Suggestions: Restaurants in the center are normally better and less expensive. But a few Restaurant / Cafes are very nice here, too - so watch out for the nice places...

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De Haan Off The Beaten Path

  • Wooden State Dunes

    The holiday-house of our friends is just located next to the remarkable dunes (see in the background on pic). It is its natural habitat with mainly pine-trees, except for its paths that have been laid out for visitors. If you do love nature explore the reserves "De Kijk-uit" (Watch) and "De Zandpanne" (Sand Place). We always enjoyed the little...

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  • Along Coast-line

    The beach of De Haan is a large white-golden sandy beach, 2½ km/7 miles long, good for sunbathing and with good swimming (although the North Sea in this area is chilly!). Watch the beach-signs, for the North Sea can be very dangerous. Take a beach promenade walk along De Haan's coast-line and go to the right, north-wards to the dunes. A nice area...

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  • De Haan - The Rooster Myth

    Litereaaly DE HAAN stands for "The Rooster". That is because a nice little rooster crowed incessantly and rescued some poor, stranded fishermen. Though however ... listen to a more prosaic telling.The "Hotel Du Coq" (Het Rooster Hotel) was opened at 22nd of July 1988 and that special day De Haan opened its gate for tourism. The idea to construct a...

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De Haan Sports & Outdoors

  • Beach walking and bird feeding

    Just walking on the beach, feeding birds.Take the opportunity to walk on the beach in wintertime - no tourists - just yourself, your memories and the occasion to reorganize many things Good walking shoes

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  • Belgian coast sporting

    From "De Panne till Knokke"- a coast only 65 km - but holiday target for many british/dutch and german tourists.Ostend and Zeebrugge as Harbour - what should we have more !! De Haan as historical monument and Knokke as ...City of ..Belgian coast sporting - surfing and sailing !But be always careful - The belgian sea might be dangerous !

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  • Belgian coast sport traveling

    Also De Haan is offering a lot of beach activities or simple nature recreation.Rent a bike at the "Cattrysse" shop or elsewhere and explore the coast with it's beautiful views and dunes ! Recreation for everybody - young and "older" - from the age of 7 till 77 !!Not only biking - but sailing - surfing - mini golf is popular ! Rented material or...

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De Haan Favorites

  • SAY CHEESE

    Don't mention the huge-smile-guy saying "Cheese!", when driving a Porsche Carrera! Ofcourse it is super truper great time to drive around De Haan, and entering De Haan to slow down until very slow. Is it? In De Haan it isnot allowed to drive that fast like a porsche does, so that is no fun ... Just kidding, De Haan is a beautiful sea resort, where...

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  • Cold and yet so warm

    Just walking on the beach, relaxing atmosphere in wintertime - having a good meal and of course tasting the famous belgian beer.A cappuchino and cafe, a waffle with cream in one of the rare restaurants still open in this low season. The English style of buildings - the atmosphere

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  • De Haan in wintertime-2005

    The beach in De Haan, reconstructed in 2005A political decision to get the Belgian coast more attractive for foreign and local tourists.During high season, little children with their granddads use to play with toys on the overcrowed beach. In low season those granddads use bigger machinary to rebuild the beach

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Welcome to my favourite city at the Belgian Coast
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Tourist office in a historical place
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De Zeemermin - anno 1926
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The Town Hall - "Gemeentehuis"
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Christiana/Tenierslaan
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Grand Hotel Belle Vue
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Wooded state dunes
Off The Beaten Path
Beach
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La Belle Epoque
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No straight streets.
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Beaufort
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Belle Epoque Architecture
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The Beach
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The Coast Tram
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