Knokke-Heist Travel Guide

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Knokke-Heist Highlights

  • Pro
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     Broad white beaches, beautiful nature, many activities, good drinking and eating 

  • Con
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     Too crowded in the summer season, expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     More than only rich people! 

Knokke-Heist Things to Do

  • Walks along the beach

    The beach at Knokke goes for many miles , the sand is well groomed and clean and relatively easy to walk on.

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  • A walk on the sand

    Summer or fall, winter or spring....It's always nice to take a walk on the sand and watch at the ocean...

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  • "Vlindertuin"

    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...

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  • Bay of Heist

    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...

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  • International Cartoon festival

    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...

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  • Art

    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.

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Knokke-Heist Hotels

  • Binnenhof Hotel

    Nellenslaan 156, Knokke-Heist, 8300, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Manoir du Dragon

    Albertlaan 73, Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, 8300, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel St. Pol.

    Bronlaan 23, (formerly Auberge St Pol), Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, 8300, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Knokke-Heist Restaurants

  • Het Vlinderhof

    Het Vlinderhof is the tearoom/restaurant next to De Vlindertuin (Butterfly Garden) in Knokke-Heist.It's a nice place, with a lovely outside terrace. Guests are welcome for lunch or dinner but also for a beer or afternoon coffee.Exceptional location: surrounded by the lovely Koningsbos and the Knokke dunes, and alongside the belt of greenery that...

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  • The best waffles at the coast

    Francisca Fincent, or better known as "Moeder (mother) Siska" was a miller's wife who was well known in the neighbourhood for her famous waffles. She had 12 children and they all learned how to make the famous waffles. Some of them started their own business. There are still Siska descendants in Knokke, operating a restaurant/hotel and they still...

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  • Rigoletto

    Very good Italian restaurant in the centre of busy Knokke. Fairly large and therefore sometimes a bit noisy. But the food is very good and that's what is important after all.The restaurant is open for lunch, for dinner but also in the afternoon for gelato or pasticceria. Professional service. They have pizza, pasta, fish, meat, ... There is even a...

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Knokke-Heist Nightlife

  • Nightime in Knokke

    We found Tracks and Travelers while looking for an internet cafe' located across from the train station in Knokke and a bit to the left as you exit. We met the owner Patrick who made us feel at home during our visit. Tracks and Traveler's is the equivalent of a Belgian Cheers, everyone knew one another and was friendly, Patrick made sure to never...

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  • Sunset

    Isn't it romantic to sit on the beach and watch the sun go down? At the Belgian Coast, it's not always possible to see this spectacle, very often there are clouds over the sea at night. So enjoy it when you have the opportunity.

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  • Open air world music

    Every Tuesday during July and August you can enjoy free world music at the square "De Bolle" in Heist. It starts at 9 pm. The two pubs on the square have tables outside, so you can listen to the music while having a drink.Every week it's a different group with another genre, it can be reggae, flamenco, folk, ...

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Knokke-Heist Transportation

  • Getting to Knokke was easy, EUROSTAR

    We decided to take the Eurostar train from London's St. Pancras station to Brussels vs Flying because quite frankly, I have found flying to be a big chore within Europe. For such a short flight time it's not worth the hassle. If you can find a deal on the Eurostar website you will not be dissapointed. Checkin was a mere 30minutes prior to...

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  • How to get there?

    Coming from the direction of Antwerp: take the N49 via Zelzate and Maldegem.Coming from the direction of Brussels: take the E40 via Ghent. Take exit 11 "Aalter" N44 via Maldegem and via N49 towards Knokke-Heist.

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  • By train

    There are 3 train stations in Knokke-Heist. All trains are coming via Bruges -> Heist -> Duinbergen > Knokke (Terminal).There is one train arriving/leaving Knokke-Heist every hour. For time tables, have a look at the website mentioned below.

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Knokke-Heist Shopping

  • Market day

    At least one day in the week is market day. It is open from 8 am to 1pm.Heist: on Tuesday at "Maes en Boereboomplein" (square close to train station and town hall)Knokke: on Wednesday and Saturday at Gemeenteplein (vegetables, fruit, flowers) and A. Verweeplein (cloths).

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  • Moeder Babelutte

    Moeder Babelutte is a candy store. Here, you can buy the world famous delicious Belgian chocolates but their speciality is the babelutte, some kind a candy made of caramel. Try it ! Candy

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  • Beach gear

    On the boardwalk you will find several of those shops selling all kinds of stuff for sun, sea and sand. beach gear

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Knokke-Heist Local Customs

  • Many shops close midweek

    When going out food shopping we discovered that many grocery stores are closed on Tue or Wednesdays. Even our favorite Bar Tracks and Travelers was closed on a Wed Night. There were still some shops open however. The open markets located near the train station had plenty of meat, poultry, and produce to sell on these days.

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  • Have a seat

    At the Belgian Coast you can rent a deck chair for half a day or a full day. It's nice and easy if you're only staying at the beach for one day. If you're staying at the coast for a longer period, you can rent a beach cabin. It's comfortable for all your beach stuff (deck chairs, parasols, beach stuff for the kids).

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Knokke-Heist Warnings and Dangers

  • Jelly fish

    From time to time there are jelly fish around. You don't find them a lot during the summer months, but mostly during spring or autumn. This blue one is about 20 cm, you'd better don't step on it barefooted.

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  • Breakwaters

    Breakwaters can be fun to stand on when the water is low, but beware they can be very slippery and when going for a swim stay away from the breakwaters because there can be some dangerous current around the breakwaters.

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  • Life guard

    During the summertime, there are lifeguards on the beach to look after your safety. Some walk along the coastline, others are guarding the coast in their life-boat. You can recognise them by their orange lifejacket.

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Knokke-Heist Tourist Traps

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    by tanuki2002 Written Feb 29, 2008

    Watch out for the cheep menus! We went to restaurant 'Jordys' near the beach. The food was good but the bill was not correct! There was a price list hanging at the bar, we picked a few beers but the prices we had to pay was higher than the one on the price list. Their excuse: "that price list is only for waiters" WTF? They also charged us €1.50 for a little bit of mayonnaise! 1.50!!!
    Boss and waiters were friendly till we paid, no more smile, no more 'thanky you' or 'see you again'after that. Sad!
    We paid the full price ... they lost 2 customers. Or maybe more.

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Knokke-Heist What to Pack

  • Fly high into the sky

    The beach is the perfect place for flying a kite. There is enough space and always quite some wind. So don't forget to bring it.

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  • Or Binoculars

    With my small camera there was no chance I'd get a good shot of the ships, and I could hardly even see them. Luckily Walter had some binoculars that he lent me :-)

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Knokke-Heist Off The Beaten Path

  • Beach "Lekkerbek"

    Dogs and horses are not allowed on the beach between June 15 and September 15. The only exception is at beach ‘Lekkerbek’, all the way up to the north near the nature reserve ‘Zwin’ and the Dutch border.

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  • Zwin

    Next to the Dutch border in the north of Knokke lies a unique nature reserve. It's the most important mud flat and salting area in Belgium.It's a paradise for bird lovers. You will find many birds here looking for a breeding place or a place to stay during winter.As a result of the salt sea water, this nature reserve has some specific flora that...

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Knokke-Heist Favorites

  • Useful phone numbers

    The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...

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  • Just an impression ...

    When the water is low, you can watch lovely images in the sand made by low tide flood. This is beach art ;-)

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  • Dunes

    Along the Belgian Coast, you'll find a lot of dunes. A lot of people like to sunbathe in the dunes because there's more privacy and less wind. In Knokke-Heist, there is still an area of dunes between Heist and Duinbergen with a walking path.

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