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    Bruges - Brugge

    by grayfo Updated May 27, 2013

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    Bruges, or Brugge in Flemish is a Belgian city with a potent mix of past and present, the capital of the Belgian province of West-Flanders; it is the jewel in Belgium's crown, a treasure-trove of gables, gilded figures and cobbled streets. The old town with its network of canals is a step back in time, it retains a medieval atmosphere reminiscent of the time when it was one of Europe's greatest trade centres and thought of as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is rich in architectural and artistic treasures, graced by quiet canals and waterways. Bruges is known as the 'Venice of the north'. A Unesco world heritage site, this is a city that has maintained its past. But Bruges also lives for the present, too, with a reputation for great food and beer.

    The city is an ideal place to visit for a short break and because Bruges is quite a small, compact city it is easy to tour by walking or by one of the many horse-drawn carriages.

    June 2010

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    Ostend (Oostende)

    by grayfo Updated Jun 3, 2012

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    Ostend is the largest city on the Belgian coast and is a busy fishing and commercial port and also a terminal for crossings to and from Dover. The busy quay is a popular tourist attraction. Local fishermen landing their catch, the auctions, fish stalls and long line of restaurants all create a lively atmosphere. There are also over five and a half miles of sandy beaches and a promenade with many shops, bars and restaurants.

    Ostend is known as the “City by the Sea”

    June 2010

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    Ypres (Ieper)

    by grayfo Updated Jun 2, 2012

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    Of all the towns in Flanders, Ypres suffered most from the bitter stalemate of World War I. More than 300,000 Allied soldiers were killed here during the four years of fighting that left the medieval town flattened; it took almost 50 years to rebuild the cathedral. The southern part of the town is flanked by a wide moat and steep stone ramparts that are topped by pleasant gardens.

    May 1993

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    Blankenburg (Blankenberge)

    by grayfo Updated May 31, 2012

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    Blankenburg has more to offer than nice beaches. Everybody will enjoy a walk through the busy shopping streets of the centre of the city. In earlier times Blankenburg was nothing more than a small fishermen village at the coast, the picturesque harbour at the west end of the resort is now used by yachts rather than fishing boats. Because of its rather strategic position, the little village was often plundered and destroyed. Another problem was that the sea sometimes proved to be not only a source of income, but also a source of destruction through flooding. It was in the 19th century that the small town became one of the first Belgian seaside-resorts visited by tourists. Around 1850 the first (but not the last) hotels were constructed.

    June 2010

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    Go Off-the-Beaten-Path in Kortrijk

    by DanielF Updated Oct 25, 2007

    Kortijk is one of the main historical towns of Flanders, situated on the river Lys, near the French border. Although rarely visited, Kortijk has quite a few sites of interest for the tourist from the time when It was an important textile centre in the Low Countries, including the UNESCO-listed belfry and beguinage (actually the whole of the historic Belgian belfries and beguinages are in the UNESCO World Heritage List).

    Other interesting buildings include the church of Our Lady, with a famous painting by van Dyck painting amd the Broel Towers, which span across the river as part of the Medieval city wall.

    The Belfry and Our Lady in the background

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    Find Romance in Brugge

    by DanielF Updated Oct 25, 2007

    Romantic canals, beautiful buildings, cobbled streets... and a good marketing campaign make of Brugge the most visited place in Belgium. Not without reason, for Brugge is probably the place that has best preserved the spirit of old Flanders and one of the most picturesque Medieval cities in Europe.

    After a period of extraordinary prosperity during the Middle Ages, Bruges fell into decay when its port became silted and therefore useless for the trade. This decadence is Brugge's today's gold, for the lack of progress and opportunities made the time stop. Subsequent restoration projects within the romantic spirit of the last centuries have turned the town into a place with a unique atmosphere and ultimately into a tourist paradise.

    Canal in Brugge

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    Westvleteren (a warning)

    by OlafS Updated Nov 7, 2006

    Westvleteren is the location of a Trappist abbey. The abbey itself cannot be visited, but you can try to get hold of the beers the monks make here. Westvleteren 6, 8 and 12 are some of the most exclusive beers of Belgium. They're hardly available outside Westvleteren and if you find any they're sold without permission. The abbey never needed to find a distributor because people are willing to drive hundreds of kilometres to buy them at the abbey! The reputation rose to mythic proportions when the strongest beer, Westvleteren 12, was elected best beer in the world by visitors of an American website.

    All three are worth finding, although they are expensive. The abbey sells all beers in crates with 24 bottles. Prices are 20 euro for a crate of Westvleteren 6, 25 for Westvleteren 8 and 30 for Westvleteren 12. Add to that 6,5 euro for the crate and empty bottles. This will be refunded when you return them. Not every beer is always available. You need to make a phonecall to learn what is available that week. And you need to make an appointment when you can collect your order.
    Call 057-401057 from Belgium or 0032-5740 1057 from outside.

    Opposite the abbey is a bar ('De Vrede') that sells smaller packages of the beers, or so they say at their website. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case, but the statement is still there to fool potential costumers into coming anyway. When we arrived we were refused any beer because "there wasn't any left", although we could clearly see the full crates. The only beer we could buy there was for local consumption, and ridiculously expensive (3,80 for a glass of W12!). Everything's expensive here and not exactly value for money, so don't bother.

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    Watou

    by OlafS Updated Oct 24, 2006

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    This village near the border with France is famous for its poetry festival each summer. However poetry has its place here all of the year. Many buildings have a poem on one of the walls. There are also a few interesting works of art on permanent display.
    Further points of interest are the church and the two breweries. There used to be three. The third brewery, De Bie, which is the only one we visited, has since moved elsewhere.
    Another attraction in Watou is restaurant Hommelhof, famous for its beer-cuisine.

    Wanna try some witches brew?

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    Ieper

    by tompt Written Dec 15, 2004

    See how the people rebuilt the city of ieper after it was completely distroyed in the Great War (1914-1918).
    It looks like it must have looked for centuries. The Lakenhal, the Cathedral, the houses at the Markt, all are rebuilt in the old style.
    In and around Ieper (or Ypres) you will find much reminders of the war. From graveyards to monuments and museums, visit some and you will understand why peace is so important.

    More at our Ieper page

    Ieper by night

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    Esen

    by OlafS Updated Nov 24, 2004

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    Esen, near Diksmuide, has this wonderful brewery De Dolle Brouwers (this means something like 'the mad brewers'), where architect and artist Kris Herteleer makes his splendid beers. Groups of 30 people can contact the brewery for tours, individuals and smaller groups are welcome on Sunday at 15.00h. Very entertaining and thighly recommended for that reason alone!

    Oh, don't confuse this place with Essen, which is elsewhere in Belgium.

    Kris Herteleer preparing us a drink

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    Diksmuide

    by OlafS Updated Nov 24, 2004

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    I made a small page about this place, but I'll mention the important sights here as well. First there's the Ijzertoren, which was built here in memory of the thousands of Flemish soldiers who died here in the First World War because their officers refused to give their orders in Dutch. Inside the tower is a 22-storeys tall museum. A previous tower was destroyed by the Belgian army in 1946 . Of the remains a gate was built.

    Part of Diksmuide is a place called Esen. See my tip about the brewery in that place.

    Diksmuide: Ijzertoren

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    Brugge

    by OlafS Updated Sep 10, 2004

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    Brugge (not pronounced 'bruuuzj' like some people think) must be one of the most historic cities of Belgium. Some people say Gent is nicer, but I can't be the judge of that yet. I have been to Brugge though, and enjoyed it a lot. Lots of churches and other old buildings, and a couple of places that any beerhunter should visit. Unfortunately the last time I went I didn't get to see much of the city because we were going to see some icesculpture thingy, which turned out to be a waste of time and money. We should have gone into the centre, which was nicely illuminated at night. I do have a page about Brugge by daylight now.

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    Knokke-Heist

    by DanielF Written Feb 14, 2004

    Knokke-Heist is probably the classiest of the Belgian coastal resorts. The huge beach, of the finest white sand, is lined with high appartment blocks of little architectural interest and small villas in the suburbs.

    Knokke-Heist is also the gateway to the Zwijn, a small nature reserve considered as one of the best places in Belgium for birdwatching.

    Beach at Knokke-Heist

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    Oostende

    by DanielF Written Feb 14, 2004

    Oostende is the main town in the Belgian coast. Although it laks of ancient buildings, it is a perfect getaway for indulging in the maritime atmosphere of its small fishing port and the breezey coastal promenade.

    Albert I - Promenade, Oostende

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    Veurne

    by DanielF Written Feb 14, 2004

    This small Flemish town, near the North Sea Coast, has one of the most impressive Market Squares in Belgium. Grey Flemish gabled houses, a Barroque City hall and two big churches that stand from behind make the most recognisable landmark of Furnes.

    Grote Markt, Veurne

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