historical city with many pubs & restaurants
it's a nice flemisch city!
Kortrijk 1302 museum would probably not exist if Hendrik Conscience had not written in 1838 the historic novel "De Leeuw van Vlaanderen" ("The Lion of Flanders") exalting the national feeling and pride of Flemish people under the tyranny (the flemish word "dwingeland" is often used in the book) of king of France Philippe IV le Bel (1268-1314).The...more
The Begijnhof - Béguinage of Kortrijk is one of the 26 Flemish Béguinages on the UNESCO List of World Heritage. Most Flemish towns have one, sometimes two, Begijnhoven-Béguinages. They are architectural ensembles in specific Flemish style composed of houses, churches, ancillary buildings and green spaces in which lived Begijnen-Béguines. They were...more
Several hundreds of golden spurs belonging to French knights who lost life at the battle of the Groeningekouter in 1302 were hung at the vault of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw church.Not for long, in 1382 French mercenaries who had defeated the militias of Gent at the battle of Westrozebeke plundered the church and stole the golden spurs. Those we see now...more
Kortrijk - The City hall It's a mixt of styles: We find here some éléments of late Gothic ad with renaissances touches. In fact it's transition style. As the outside have a nice look, the inside, thinking myselves, have much to offer to the tourist or visitor. ---oooOOOooo--- C'est un mélange de styles: on retrouve des éléments du Gothique tardif...more
In the first pic you find the BELFRY, the only remaining part of the Cloth-Hall. The statue on top is Mercurius the god of trade, placed there in the 18th century. There is also a war memorial attached.The second picture shows a fountain, no special reason, just liked the flowing curves.The last picture show a plaque we found on a wall, have no...more
The Broel towers These medieval towers are the only remains of ancient fortifications of the city. The south tower, the "Speyetoren (± 1385), was among the fortified walls of the castle of the Counts of Flanders. The north tower, the "Ingelborchtoren (± 1413), was built to provide a defense artillery rudimentary. ---oooOOOooo--- Ces tours...more
I have stayed two nights.Elegant hotel. Abosultely recommened. So close to centre ( 3 min by walking...more
Grote Markt 41, Kortrijk, West Flanders, 8500, Belgium
Good for: Couples
Passage St Pierre 34, Mouscron, Kortrijk, West Flanders, 7700, Belgium
Good for: Solo
Brasserie AsdePyck is a small, but very nice place to eat.From breakfast through dinner, AsdePyck offers very special tradional fine spices.Breakfast: Euro 15Lunch: Euro 18The Flamish 34 Euro dinner menu has a selection of:Starters:-Wachtbordje (appatisers)-Asperges, wit en groen, met gemarineerde zalm & scampi-Rolletje van Italiaanse ham, met...more
Café St. Georges is at an attractive location in the Kortrijk pedestrian area.The terrace is an ideal people watching spot.Inside there are many movie posters.Beers from the tap:Primus PilsKeizer Karel BlondTongerlo Bruin & Blond,Kriek MysticBusiness hours:Ma-Sa: 9AM- 7PMSu: Closedmore
An appealing place near all the shops. Recently taken over by a sympathetic young lady who does a good job with teas and light lunch items. Sandwiches and exotic teas.*WARNING: the unusual, orange substance to the right of my tea looked like sorbet but was a spicy shock to my mild system!more
The restaurant is at the main square of Kortrijk. The staff is very helpful and speaking good English. I ate a steak with mashroom souce which was perfect. Also dont forget to taste Westmalle beer..Its little bit strong :) Dont drink too much because you ma not find your hotel way. :) You can find the pic of bottle in next pic. The alcohol volume...more
We decided to stop and have a coffee and watch the world go by for a while on the friday afternoon. I chose Cesar's because it was quiet and there was no-one smoking on gthe terrace. We had coffee and it was served with a little biscuit, a soft fruity sweet. The coffee was good and strong. We did have a look at the menu and it looked good but we...more
The Schouwburg or better "Cultuur Centrum Kortrijk" is the local theater.
The theater was build between 1912 and 1920 in a Flamish post-Renaissance style and was designed by architect Jan Robert Vanhoenacker.
The main theather can house 800 visitors. There are smaller halls in the building, like the ballet hall, the arenatheater and the basement galery.
In 1968 the building was remodelled, distorting the original character of the building. Luckely this was restored by the 2000 restauration. At the same time the Alberola glass roof was added.
The Kortrijk bus station is next to the Main Kortrijk train station.Local Kortrijk buses:1 Station - Kinepolis2 Station - Lange Munte3 Station - Heule Bozestraat4 Station - Bissegem - Heule6 Station - Shopping Center - Heule9 Station - Cederlaan12 Station - Kinepolis - Rollegem13 Station - Hoog Kortrijk Outside Kortrijk destinatinations buses:16...more
There is a small bank of lockers at the Kortrijk station. The charge is 3.50 Euros. Not sure if you can access 24 hours or leave overnite. You must have EXACT change since they do not accept credit cards and no change back is given. This was very handy as I stowed my stuff, walked around for a few hours and went on to Brussels. My ticket from Ghent...more
I experienced a challenge to reach the station, when I took the first highway exit and was confronted with major road works. The advantage was that I had to do a free tour of half of the city.The best way to go around road works is to take the R8 circular highway around Kortrijk and drive a quart of the circle around thr road works.Best is to...more
When you are in Ypres, you also should visit 'In Flanders Fields' Museum, with eye-witness accounts of the Great War ('14-'18).Location:Cloth Hall, Market Square, YpresIn Flanders FieldsIn Flanders Fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on rowThat mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns...more
The Kortrijk tourist info center is well-designed but not much enthusiasm from the staff. Very perfuctory. Map and a few hand gestures and that's about it! I even lost my own enthusiasm to visit the Flax Museum which is a bit out of the center city (take bus 13 at the rail station). The center is located in the Bejinhofpark.
As the title suggests a guide to the beers brewed i Belgium and good places to try them. In Kortrijk it took us to "De Klokke" on Grotemarkt and not disapointed.
The book is written by Tim Webb and is available from Camra in the UK.
New energy The wind is not only the energy from the past. As elsewhere in the country, Kortrijk is not left to recover the cheap energy of the wind!You will find the four turbines on the hills on your bike routes (see map with benchmarks) A new way to use free energy from the wind.---oooOOOooo--- Le vent n'est pas seulement l'énergie du passée....more
The mill and backery museum The mill also called mill Vanneste of the name of its former owner was built in 1841. It was not only used for grinding grain but also to grind the flax crop in the important area in the past and still now (but for different reasons) to extract the oil. Regular visits in summer (see website) The photos were taken during...more
Although they look identical, the towers were not built at the same time. The Southern tower, also known as the Speyetoren, was built in 1385 to control the traffic on the river Lys. This tower was part of the fortified fence of the first medieval castle of the Counts of Flanders. The Speyentoren was also part of the 12th century rampart, destroyed...more
.The local Tourist Office (Dienst Toerisme) is located at:Begijnhofpark8500 KortrijkTel: +32-56-277840 Opening hours:April through september:Mo-Fr: 9AM - 6PMSA-Su: 10AM - 5PMOctober through March:Mo-Fr: 9AM - 5PMSA-Su: 10AM - 4PMKortrijk mapDigital Region KortrijkKortrijk Bed & Breakfastmore
The local Kortrijk Police is organised together with Kuurne and Lendelede.The main Politie station (commissariaat "Centrum") is located at Oude-Vestingsstraat 2 A.Tel: +32-56-239611The Politieshop is located at Sint-Jansstraat 9.Tel: +32-56-247811 Telephone Alarmnumbers:101 Police100 Medical Emergency100 Fire brigade112 Accident/AgressionFederal...more
DE BROEL TORENS - These towers date back to the Middle Ages. They are the oldest remaining parts of the city fortifications. The southern tower, called 'Speyetoren' (12th century), was part of the ramparts of the Castle. The northern tower, called 'Inghelborchtoren', was especially built for the defence by means of primitive artillery. On the...more