Provincie West-Vlaanderen Things to Do

  • Belfry of Ieper and tower of the cathedral.
    Belfry of Ieper and tower of the...
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  • The Cloth Hall - Lakenhalle.
    The Cloth Hall - Lakenhalle.
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  • Cloth Hall at sunset.
    Cloth Hall at sunset.
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Provincie West-Vlaanderen Things to Do

  • Belfry Tower - Belfort

    Brugge Things to Do

    After rewatching "In Bruges" where the belfry is the central focus of much of the movie we had to go to the top but unlike the movie you can't go up at night as we found out when we arrived at 4:30pm to find that we had missed the cutoff by 15 minutes. The sign says only 70 people are allowed at the top so it may be best to do this earlier in the...

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  • Down on the Beach

    Oostende Things to Do

    Beaches aren't really my thing normally. I'm not the sort who wants to sit in the sun just to soak up rays for a day. But even I was quite taken by Oostende's Beach and seafront, which surprised me as I hadn't expected to be particularly impressed with what I knew to be a fairly modern seafront. It's true that there are a lot of tall blocks of...

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  • Menin Gate

    Ieper Things to Do

    The Menin Gate is by far the most prominent attraction in the city, with 54,000 names of missing Great War soldiers carved on its walls. Every evening at 8pm the war dead are remembered. Bugle players from the local fire brigade sound the Last Post, after which point wreaths of poppies are laid by servicemen and other members of the public. It can...

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  • Canal Boat Tours

    Brugge Things to Do

    One of the best ways to see Brugge is on a 30 minute canal tour. You can pick up a canal boat at several departure points across the town and all cost 7 euros for the trip. (2013 prices). The boats all take the same route and this is a nice way to see the town from the canals. Commentary is in Dutch, French, English and German.

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  • St Petrus & Paulus Church

    Oostende Things to Do

    If the Church is open then you should take a look inside! It's dark and full of atmosphere that defies the relative youth of this church (only just over 100 years old despite it's appearance). Come in the late afternoon and the sunlight coming through the stained glass windows makes a real show of colour for you to enjoy. The original stained...

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  • Flanders Field Museum

    Ieper Things to Do

    I much recommend the special exhibition from 04.10.2014 till 04.01.2015 at the Cloth Hall, Royal Chamber: "The Battle of the IJzer and the First Battle of Ieper / Antony d’Ypres" Text from the IN FLANDERS FIELDS MUSEUM: "After two and a half months of waiting, the First World War finally arrives in the Westhoek.(Mid October 1914) Within a matter...

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  • Beguinage - Begijnhof

    Brugge Things to Do

    The Beguines were a religious movement of single or widowed women who wanted to live in a pious way but outside the walls of a convent or monastery. So in many north Belgian and Dutch cities so called Begijnhofs were set up where these women lived and prayed. The one in Brugge is probably the most beautiful of these, but I can only compare it with...

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  • Fish Market

    Oostende Things to Do

    Here the fishing fleet of Ostend hold their fish auctions. Certainly worth a visit. Still today, fish is omnipresent in Oostende and one of the best reasons for a visit if your a fan of fresh seafood . Of course, there are the numerous restaurants dotted all along the seafront serving delicious fish meals on the menu . You can spend 3 to 6...

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  • Tyne Cot Cemetery

    Ieper Things to Do

    If you have only time to visit one of the cemeteries around Ypres this is certainly the one I would advise. First, from the ridge on which is located the cemetery the visitor has an extended view on what was the most important part of the Ypres Salient to the north-east with the villages of Zonnebeke and Passendale. From the cemetery one sees in...

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  • Stadhuis - Town Hall

    Brugge Things to Do

    One of the most fascinating buildings in Brugge is the Town Hall. This gothic building was constructed between 1376 and 1420; it was one of the first monumental town halls in the Low Countries and the oldest civil building in Belgium. At the front are six gothic windows surrounded by 48 statues representing royal and biblical figures. The original...

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  • Harbour / Docks

    Oostende Things to Do

    Warm Wullocks anyone? No trip to Ostend is complete without a visit to the Visserskaai (Fishermen’s Quay) the town’s famed seafood quayside. Everyday summer and winter from early morning to evening, colourful stalls are set up and vendors sell prepared plates of cooked fish, seafood cocktails and bowls of streaming hot whelks.

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  • St Martins Cathedral & Monastery

    Ieper Things to Do

    It is difficult to imagine today that this cathedral which has a very beautiful aspect, was entirely rebuilt after the end of WW I. I was very impressed by the elegance and great dimensions of the nave as one discovers it from the entry (photo 1). Others described here this Episcopal church of Gothic style which goes back to the 13th century. I...

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  • Basilica of the Holy Blood

    Brugge Things to Do

    Heilig-Bloedbasiliek (Basilica of the Holy Blood) was actually one of the few churches in Brugge that we managed to get inside! The church is popular and was very crowded inside so I couldn’t really enjoyed it with people pushing me everywhere. It’s a pity because I could see that it is a marvelous church consisting of 2 different chapels, the...

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  • Statues / Monuments

    Oostende Things to Do

    This statue of a reclining nude lady in the middle of busy Leopold II Laan and near the Leopold Park is officially called De Zee (The Sea), however, it has gained the perhaps less flattering nick name of Dikke Mathille (Fat Matilda). Until 1963 the statue adorned the Kursaal Casino nearby.

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  • Ramparts & Casemates

    Ieper Things to Do

    Walls & water Ypres is a walled city surrounded by ramparts and ditches. In recent years much effort put into this wonderful heritage values ​​offers visitors and residents many recreational opportunities. It is good to stroll along ditches were giving a little cool during hot days, during the winter solitude (relative) locations...

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  • Church of Our Lady - Onze Lieve...

    Brugge Things to Do

    Hughes gazed at the stately figures, the soothing reflection entered his mind that the day could not be far distant when his body would be mouldering in the dust beside theirs, and that the surcease from sorrow for which his heart craved would then be also his portion… (from Bruges-La-Morte) The church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) was high...

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  • Leopold Park

    Oostende Things to Do

    Leopold Park was designed by the architect Louis Fuchs and its construction took place over nine years, between 1861 and 1870. The park's first set of regulations, written in 1862, permitted free access to visitors but bizarrely locals had to pay to use it. This really is a pleasant little piece of colour in what can be quite a grey city and...

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  • Cloth Hall - Lakenhalle

    Ieper Things to Do

    The ground floor of the belfry was used to keep the charters and the treasury of the city as well as a meeting room for the municipal magistrates. The second floor was an armoury and a prison. The upper floor was used by the watchman and houses the carillon, "Beiaard" in Flemish. It is known from the town archives that two bells were fixed in the...

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  • Ancient Brugge

    Brugge Things to Do

    One can have a wonderful day in Bruges without any agenda or itinerary. Just walk around. Everywhere you look, there's something interesting. Don't be in a hurry; just enjoy being here. Guided walking tours are available (see the websites below).

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  • Albert I Promenade

    Oostende Things to Do

    A walk along the Albert I Promenade is a must. After all, the fresh North Sea air is really why you came, right? Well, in my case, I came because I fell asleep on the train, but the fresh air was nice! The promenade was named after Belgium's third king, Albert I and stretches along the northern length of town. To the west of the Casino, the...

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  • Military Cemeteries/Memorials

    Ieper Things to Do

    The Commonwealth authorities did decide that bodies should not be repatriated and that uniform memorials should be used. At the end of the WW I started the production of uniform headstones most made of Portland stone. The headstones were engraved by hand. They are all rectangles with rounded tops. At the top British headstones bear the regimental...

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  • Michelangelo's Madonna with Child

    Brugge Things to Do

    The perfectly preserved medieval tower of Our Lady's Church is the highest tower with its 122 meters in Bruges and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world, following only the St. Martin's Church in Landshut, Germany. In the right wing chapel is the Carrara marble Madonna and Child by Michelangelo. This is the only one sculpture of the...

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  • Wapenplein

    Oostende Things to Do

    The Wapenplein is Oostende's main square. Like the rest of the town it had to be rebuilt after the second world war and so it can't compete with the main squares of many other Flemish towns with their medieval architecture. But that doesn't mean that the Wapenplein is an unpleasant place by any means. For a post WW2 rebuild it's actually quite nice...

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  • Fishmarket - Oude Vismarkt

    Ieper Things to Do

    At this Old Fish Market was used by many cities selling their fish here, the old toll booth (1899), also called Minck House, the fishmongers had to their pay toll And today the Old fish market is one of the most popular place for nightlife to the youth in Ypres, during weekend it is here packed with most young ones and some oldies, the cafes in...

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  • Breweries

    Brugge Things to Do

    This brewery operated uninterruptedly from 1856 until 2000. In 2005 it was revived by Xavier Vanneste, thus retaining control as sixth generation brewer. During the visit shows the ancient processing techniques and family utensils used in the past as well as the technology to produce the two varieties currently Brugse Zot, blonde and toast. As a...

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  • Mercator

    Oostende Things to Do

    This late 19th century, three mast sailing ship was once used as a training ship for the Belgian navy and also had the honour of winning the Oslo-Oostende race as well as travelling on missions to various exotic destinations such as Easter Island, Rio de Janeiro, Pitcairn and Tahiti. Now the ship has been turned into a museum of things nautical...

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  • Hill 62

    Ieper Things to Do

    Need to have a car if you like to come here, is out of town in Ypres Hill in the vicinity of Ypres '62 'Indicates that the hill is 62 meters above sea level, came in 1916 in German hands until Canadian troops conquer the hill Canadians members during this conquest large losses the monument at the top commemorates the fallen Canadian soldiers Input...

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  • Minnewater - Lake of Love

    Brugge Things to Do

    Getting out of the train station we walked through this nice green park. Minnewaterpark is full of small canals (it is actually an artificial lake that helped flood control during medieval era), birds (including some beautiful swans, by the way it’s interesting to know the first swans came here in 1448 by Maximilian of Austria) etc Minnewater...

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  • Museums

    Oostende Things to Do

    This Museum of Fine Arts (Museum voor schone kunsten) focuses round the painters from Oostende, but you can also see some contemporary art from other European countries. The museum's open daily (except on Tue.) from 10 a.m. till 12 a.m. and from 2 p.m. till 5 p.m.

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  • St Georges Church

    Ieper Things to Do

    St. George's Memorial Church was built as a memorial to the thousands of men who died in the three battles of the Ypres Salient. Field Marshal Sir John French, appealed for a British memorial church to be built here. Land was allocated and planning permission was given by the town of Ieper. In July 1927, the foundation stone of the church was...

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  • St-Janshospitaal

    Brugge Things to Do

    This is one of the best preserved medieval hospitals in Europe , where a religious order cared for pilgrims, travellers and the sick. There is a collection here of paintings by Hans Memling who lived in the town from 1465 and his paintings show how the hospital was in this era. There are also exhibits showing medical care and old surgical...

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  • Aquarium

    Oostende Things to Do

    This little aquarium between the train station and Fish Market (Vistrap) won't take you long to look around but it's probably worth a quick look inside. Admission is €2 per adult and it seems to close for lunch from 12 to 2pm. The information given is fairly limited but does have an English translation in most places, it's fairly old fashioned as...

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  • Centenary Commemoration of WW I

    Ieper Things to Do

    After that the Belgian government had refused the passage of German troops through Belgium to France the German army invaded Belgium on the morning of 4 August 1914. This started for my grand father four years as an "artilleur" (gunner); first a retreat to the west of Belgium and then the stop behind the Yser flooded fields of Flanders. There were...

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  • Grote Markt

    Brugge Things to Do

    …deserted quays, and had now reached the Marketplace where the black and inscrutable Beffroi defied the rapidly encroaching darkness with its dial and gold-buckler (from Bruges-la-Morte) Grote Markt (Market Square) is the main square in Brugge and its commercial heart since the Middle Ages as this was the place that the market was held. Although...

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  • Maria Hendrika Park

    Oostende Things to Do

    The Maria Hendrikapark is more of an activity park compared to its gentile neighbour, the Leopold Park. The wooded area is tucked in the southwest corner of the city, behind the ferry dock, and is laid out around a set of man-made lakes. It is criss-crossed with a network of foot and cycle paths with both paved and woodland sections and seems...

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  • Old Houses

    Ieper Things to Do

    It goes without saying that a lot of the architecture in Belgium is centuries old. The buildings in Ieper are no different. However, much of the main cities have their centers built out of stone and brick. There are some homes, like the one in this photo, which date back to 1575. Many were destroyed during WWI, but thankfully have been rebuilt.

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  • Gruuthuse Museum

    Brugge Things to Do

    Gruuthuse museum is housed on an impressive palace that once belonged to one of the wealthiest families in town. Although I liked the building I have to admit that I got disappointed with its rich collection. There are many objects to see covering many centuries (from 15th to 19th century), I liked some tapestries, don’t forget that Brugge was...

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  • City Tours

    Oostende Things to Do

    Seaside town with nothing much to offer. 1) seaside 2) the shopping street Thats all. We even took a long walk to Media Markt - the so called biggest electronics store in Belgium. Or did we hear wrong? Even the supermarket is bigger than this store. While walking to/from the media markt - we notice this town is actually quite dead with a lot of...

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  • Rampart Cemetery & Museum

    Ieper Things to Do

    Located on the South flank of the fortresses of Ypres, 50m West at the Lille Gate , at the moat , about 750m South of Ypres Market Square the Rose Coombs walk passes along this cemetery , in and around Lille Gate remember various items to the First World War , including the Ramparts Museum and the old - CWGC signposts The cemetery has a large...

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  • Shopping

    Brugge Things to Do

    CHOCOLATE is neither here nor there for me. I find no great satisfaction in eating it and I have no great palette for differentiating amongst types of it. Which is why it was so remarkable when The Chocolate Line managed to absolutely astound me with its salivating array of delicacies. The shop is small and we found it to be cramped with up to a...

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  • Japanese Garden.

    Oostende Things to Do

    Its so quite and peaceful in these gardens, with the waterfall, little bridge and clear ponds with their shimmering koi carp. You cannot eat or smoke in the gardens and bicycle owners have to leave them chained up just inside the gates.

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  • Canadian Memorial

    Ieper Things to Do

    The morning that I visited here it was foggy,grey, and dreary...out of the mist as we drove closer I could clearly see the figure of the lone soldier...head bowed in respect as if the man was tired and worn. During the war this part of the Salient was given the nickname "Vancouver Corner"... The Memorial marks the battlefield where 18,000...

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  • Windmills

    Brugge Things to Do

    If you can't make it to Holland, Brugge's windmills are a good replacement. However, being located in the middle of the city, they do not have the same atmosphere like, say, those of Kinderdijk. There are four of them: Bonne Chière Molen, Sint Janshuys Molen, Nieuwe Papegaai Molen and Koelewei Molen. Sint Janshuys Molen, built in 1770, is open to...

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  • Amandine

    Oostende Things to Do

    Another old boat is the IJslandvaarder Amandine (Iceland Fishing Boat Amandine). Launched in 1961, the Amandine was the last Ostend trawler to work the rich fishing grounds off Iceland, and now sits in a dry basin with a plastic "sea," as a museum of the history and traditions of Belgium's Icelandic fishery. LOCATION : Visserskaai.

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  • Rijselpoort - Lille Gate

    Ieper Things to Do

    Part of the fortified belt around the town of Ypres, is situated southwest of the city center near the fortifications is the Ramparts Cemetery where (Lille Gate) located Restored gate that is part of the fortresses around Ypres, South from the center of town on the left side of the gate there is a British cemeteries Lille Gate was during the war,...

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