De Panne Travel Guide

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De Panne Things to Do

  • Go To The Beach

    Although my visit was a winter one I got the impression that De Panne puts a lot of effort into making its beaches attractive.Wandering around with the pre-season preparations in progress I can extrapolate how it is going to look in the summer - well, the views from the beachfront bars anyway ;-HIC!

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  • The Beach

    (De) The Panne has the widest beach of the Belgian coast and is appreciated for its nature, historical houses and very good restaurants. For everyone that enjoys walking and dining this city is to be recommended. It is one of the rare places where dunes are still connected with the beach. Sometimes you see sailing cars on the beach. This sport was...

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  • Public Library

    Behind City Hall you find another beautiful modern building. It is the public library of De Panne.So if you want to read a good book on a rainy day, this is the place to be.

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  • City Hall

    At the corner of the Zeelaan nr 21 and the Lindelaan you find the City Hall.In font of the City Hall there is a big rusty anchor. This shows that fishing is one of most important business is over here in De Panne.

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  • Beautiful Villas

    It is really worth to walk in this steep street, as you can see some beautiful villas over here.And at the end, when you arrive in the big modern Zeelaan, you can visit the Kykhill.

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  • Kykhill

    After you have discovered the Hoge Duinenlaan, you see the Kykhill at the end of the road.This park is the only dune which survived the building over in the city centre.In 1892 the French building contractor Arthur Bonzel laid out the current Zeelaan. This connection between the Veurnestraat and the beach deviated from the geometrical pattern. The...

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De Panne Hotels

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De Panne Restaurants

  • Top restaurant - Hostelerie Le Fox

    This restaurant is for me the best place I have ever been for tasting menus with wine selections. The restaurant from chef Stephane Buyens is very cosy and the service extremely good. The menu's are excellent, mainly fish but the meat dishes are also perfect. The restaurant has 2 Michelin stars and for us they are a real candidate for a 3rd star....

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  • Bistrot Merlot

    Belgian cuisine - cozy small restaurant (house-style)Update 2007A second visit to this restaurant left us quite unsatisfied.I wouldn't go there again. Too expensive for mediocre quality. Closed on Thursday and Friday

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  • What's your flavour?

    There are several stands along Beach road which are selling all kind of ice-cream, or soft ice and even the famous Belgian waffles. a Vanilla soft ice

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De Panne Nightlife

  • A Quiet Friendly Pub

    The Carymar is a local pub that offers ice cold Jupiler beer on tap at the best prices. Other Belgian beer are also available. You can have a quiet conversation while enjoying a beer or other beverage Smoking is allowed inside. The owner speaks English and will try to answer any questions that you may have about De Panne tourism. While no food is...

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  • Enjoying a local beer

    Well this isn't really a nightlife tip. But is kind of a going out tip.What can be more joyful then sit and relax in one of the cosy chairs along beach road. Like this you can taste one (ore more) of the delicious Belgian local beers. Meanwhile you can watch other tourist walk by, and you can let your kids ride one of those go-carts. no dress code

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  • Night at La Panne

    A lot of restaurants are situated next to the sea. The typical meal is the mussels with French fries or fish. But there are also Italian food and other cooking. After a great dinner you can go and drink a Trappist beer or an Irish coffee on a pavement area of one of the numerous bars along the beach. I have to note that there is one of the best...

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De Panne Transportation

  • De Kusttram

    The Kusttram which runs the full 68 km of the Belgian coast is reckoned to be the longest tram line in the world. This starts at De Panne railway station (at Adinkerke) with its northern terminus at Knokke, on the Dutch border.During the summer the trams run in both directions with a peak frequency of every ten minutes, and in winter every 20...

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  • Arriving (and departing) by Train

    De Panne is the terminus of the mainline from Brussels with an hourly service in both directions. This is a local stopping service with a total journey time of just over 2 hours. The trains pass through Ghent where connections can be made to the rest of the eastern Belgian Railways network for places such as Brugge and Antwerp.Although the station...

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  • Small train

    You can make a touristic roundtrip by small train.The train leaves from beach road, near the mini steam carrousel (at 14.30, 15.30, 16.30 and 17.30) Check departing times at the departure place.The price is 3.00 Euro, so that is not too expensive.

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De Panne Shopping

  • If You Want Your Beers In Bulk!

    This is a "Cash and Carry" warehouse which not only deals with trade deliveries but is also open to the general public. For tourists they'll do a mix-and-match selection of beers, packed six to the case but for serious drinkers you can bring your own van and get what you fancy by the palletload at pretty much trade prices.Unfortunately I don't...

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  • Umbrellas

    As the weather in Belgium can be unstable, it can be handy to bring an umbrella.You have forgotten your umbrella? don't worry, there are plenty of shops who are selling umbrellas. It may not be the best quality, but it will keep you dry for some time. Price in this shop : 5 euro

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  • buy some toys for the kids

    You find these shops along beach road.These shops are selling all kind of stuff you can need for a pleasant day on the beach. Here you can find all kind of toys for the kids to use in the sand.With these toys it can be easier to build that sand castle, you always dreamed of. a few euros

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De Panne Local Customs

  • Belgian Humour

    Despite their stereotype to the contrary I find Belgians to have a very subtle sense of humour. Examples include the canalside bar in Gent, "Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant" - "The Waterhouse on the Beerfront" or the wonderful shop in Antwerp, "Swiet & Seksie" which specialises in edibles and who's motto is "All You Eat Is Love".Here in De Panne I...

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  • Look around

    It is important to look around first, as there are different prices and different formulas.It can be handy to ask a tip in the hotel where you stay, maybe they know someone who rents these cabins, and like this you can get a kind of discount.You'll never know, if you do not ask for it, you will never know.

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  • Rent a seat

    As you can see, you can also rent seats with or without a sunshades.Depending what the time is (am or pm) and how long you want to rent, will actually determine the price you will have to pay.

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De Panne Warnings and Dangers

  • More usefull information

    Besides the orientation function, these orientation poles give further useful information.The information board gives you the hours of the presence of the Rescue Service, explanation of the most used symbols on the Flemish beaches, and explanation on the different colours of the flags (green, red, yellow) used at the beach.

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  • Orientation poles

    Sometimes kids get lost when they are playing the beach, and then it is a big tragedy for them if they can’t find the way back to mammy and/or daddy.That is why they planted several orientation poles on the beach. All the kid needs to do is trying to remember near which orientation pole his mom and dad are, like this he (or she) can easily return....

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De Panne Tourist Traps

  • More token machines

    But I must admit it is hard to resist, if you enter such a Luna park, of not playing on these token machines.As it is kind of fun doing playing on these machines. But just keep in mind to keep a certain sum in mind that you are willing to give on this game.

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  • Token machines

    In these Luna parks, there are also many token machines. In these machines there are moving panels which puches the tokens forward, mostly in multiple levels, and if the tokens fell in the collecting opening, they are yours. In between these tokens there are coloured coins, which represent points.First you must buy tokens at the counter. And then...

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  • Luna parks

    Along the Belgium coast you find lots of these Luna-parks, kind of amusements -halls. These places are like small casinos, there is only one diffrerence you can't win money overhere.You can play on machines, in order to catch a cuddler, or a watch, . . . But mostly people spend more money to catch something, them the real value of the item they...

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De Panne Off The Beaten Path

  • Le Clocheton

    The typical Belgian house, which I like so much. Nice people live here. We spent here a few quiet nights after days full of exciting experiences. Thanks Brigitte and Etienne (-:

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  • Theme park,...

    There is one fun fair for kids west of the centre : Plopsaland. Luckily, the tram stops dead in front of the area. There is also a bowling alley near this theme park or a place for rollerblading and skating at the East side (for those who like it).

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De Panne Sports & Outdoors

  • Basketball

    On the beach road there is a small basketball field. So if you want to throw a ball, go ahead.This reminded me a bit on the beach of Venice, L.A. where you have Muscle beach, and where there is also a basketball field, where local boys throw balls. a basketball

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  • Kites

    There is plenty of place over here on the wide beach of De Panne.Of course it isn't always easy to control your kite, as there can be a very strong wind. kite

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  • Hiking

    Of course this is a great place to do some hiking.There are several walking trails, they are all marked with colours, some go through the dunes, and others show you the heritage and show you the history of architecture of this coast village.Of course you also decide to walk along the beach and enjoy the sea, the wind . . . a good pair of shoes

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De Panne Favorites

  • S a n d - II

    It seams that also in De Panne the people like immure someone in the sand. But why had someone forgot him?

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  • S a n d

    ... yes, also in De Panne I had to take the mandatory feet picture :-)Doesn't look the sand a little bit like Caribbean one?

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  • War monument

    At the end of the King Albert square there is a war monument, which remembers the soldiers who died in the First World War.The beautiful house behind the monument is the cafe with the beautiful name: Le Chien Vert (the green dog), what's in the name, I have never seen a green dog

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