The Butterfly Garden is a green house not far from the nature reserve the Zwin with hundreds of colourful exotic butterflies. It's not very big, between 30 min to an hour will do to see it all.
There is a path leading among tropical plants where butterflies are fluttering from flower to flower. If you are lucky they will even come and sit on your shoulder. Be careful not to step on butterflies sitting on the path.
It's a very educational place where you will learn everything about the butterflies and you may be witness of a butterfly emerging from its pupa and spreading its wings for the first time.
Don't overclothe when entering the Butterfly Garden, because the butterflies and plants require high temperatures and a tropical atmosphere.
The Butterfly Garden is open from Easter to the first weekend of October from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Entrance fee for adults: 4,40 EUR.
More pics can be found on my Knokke page.
This nature reserve is quite unique at the Belgian Coast. In the early seventies the part of Heist closest to Zeebrugge had a very narrow foreshore, but now it shows a broad shoreplain, consisting of more than 50 ha of beach, dunes, mud flats and salt marshes. This is an unintended beneficial consequence of the construction of the eastern groyne of the port of Zeebrugge and the partially natural deposition of silt and sand in this sheltered area.
Over the years, it attracted many birds, even endangered one, who stay here for the Winter or come for breeding. Also all kinds of special beach flora can be seen here.
There are two walking paths through the nature reserve, one with a bird watching cabin.
During the breeding season (April through end of July) it is forbidden to enter. The bird watching cabin, however, is accessible.
Each summer, hundreds of cartoons from all over the world are on display in the Lagunahal in Duinbergen (part of Knokke-Heist).
The universal language of cartoons makes that - regardless of nationality or language barriers - everyone can enjoy this event. The diversity and quality of the cartoon entries is really high, and I can guarantee from personal experience you're most likely to leave with a big smile on your face.
There is a lot of art around Knokke. This
bronze statue was made by the British sculptor Barry Flanagan. It is called "Hospitality" and the hare stands for freedom, independance, dynamism, fertility, power, and individuality.
On the occasion of Sail Brugge 2002, Knokke-Heist was the best place-to-be on the day the sailing ships left Zeebrugge for a parade along the coastline. Although, I had a very good zoom lens, the ships are still quite small on my pic.
Closer pics of the different ships participating Sail Brugge 2002 can be seen in my Zeebrugge page.
Duinbergen is known for its white old villas. Years ago, it used to be obligatory to build your villa in a certain style. Now it's nice to stroll along the small alleys with all these nice villas.
Duinbergen is also the host to the yearly international fireworkfestival.
Every year during the third week of August, there’s an international fireworkfestival taking place on the Albertstrand (between Duinbergen and Knokke). Starting on Sunday, and every second day 5 different countries present a very professional firework on music.
It starts at 10 o’clock at night for about 30 minutes.
The beach at Knokke goes for many miles , the sand is well groomed and clean and relatively easy to walk on.
Summer or fall, winter or spring....
It's always nice to take a walk on the sand and watch at the ocean...
Heist is the 'cheaper' part of Knokke-Heist and next to Zeebrugge. It's a typical family tourist attraction, where simplicity and peace are still important.
Unfortunately I did not have enough time to take photos of some most attractive holiday houses in Knokke. Here you can see my attempt to take a photo from running car.
Knokke is considered to be the most exclusive beach town in Belgium, primarily because of 'Knokke-Zoute', an area of splendid villas where the Belgian jet-set feels at home.
It is the most beautiful beach i have ever seen. Soft sand with blud sky make everything just like a painting. Lying on the beach is not only realxing, but also a kind of enjoyment.
Het Zwin gaat open om 9.00h en sluit om 19.00h van Pasen tot september, om 17.00h van oktober tot Pasen.
Gesloten op woensdag van november tot eind maart.