Provincie West-Vlaanderen Things to Do

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

  • Canal Boat Tours

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brugge Things to Do

    3rd (or maybe 4th) canal trip May 2015 Yes, it's touristy, but you are after all a tourist and you can't really leave Brugge until you've done a canal tour. Besides it's a good way to rest your feet for a 1/2 hour and you get a different perspective from the water than you do by walking. I think all of the canal trips are fairly similar, they all...

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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

    We walked up to and through the archway, reading as we went some of the names of 55,000 British soldiers who died in uniform but have no known graves. As we did so we visulised and heard the scene we have watched so many times on film and TV - the daily salute of the Last Post played by a bugler of the local fire brigade band in tribute and...

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  • Belfry Tower - Belfort

    Brugge Things to Do

    The Belfry of Bruges, or the Hall Tower, located on the Main Market of the Belgian city of Bruges. The Belfry of Bruges is included since December 4, 1999 in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The halls under the tower had a commercial function. They consisted of several rooms where every other craft products with host city were traded. On the second...

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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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  • Flanders Field Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Ieper Things to Do

    If you are very interested in history, this museum will tell you about what happen. Is really recommended to visit this museum Almost 100 years ago, the area around Ypres was the scene of dishes in the Flanders Fields and of the most devastating conflicts in history, now that the last witnesses have died, people, family and relatives to those who...

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  • Beguinage - Begijnhof

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • St Petrus & Paulus Church

    Oostende Things to Do

    St Petrus and Paulus church is the main church in Ostend,during the war the stained glass was destroyed, so now the glass is modern showing St Peter and St Paul. The church is opposite the train station. You cant miss it if you arrive by train.

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  • St Martins Cathedral & Monastery

    Ieper Things to Do

    This lovely Cathedral is nice outside and inside. During WW1, it was destroyed, but was rebuilt using many of the original material from the first Cathedral. Spread all over the Cathedral are decorations from different times which survived the destruction. Inside at the back of the Altar, were photo's of the Cathedral in ruins and being rebuilt. I...

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  • Basilica of the Holy Blood

    Brugge Things to Do

    This is a beautiful church on more than 1 level certainly worth visiting So historic, so visual, and well worth a visit. If you are lucky there will be a service in progress which adds to the atmosphere :)

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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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  • Tyne Cot Cemetery

    Ieper Things to Do

    The largest military cemetery in the world with 12,000 gravestones and the 35,000 names of soldiers whose remains were never found inscribed in the circling wll of the cemetery. Some graves looked as though newly created and our guide explained that these killing fields still continue to yield up the lost. All human remains discovered are sent...

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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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  • 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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  • Cloth Hall - Lakenhalle

    Ieper Things to Do

    Lakenhalle is the Flemish Name for the Cloth Hall. The Hall is an astonishing size! When it was built, it was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages, where it served as the main market and warehouse for the city's prosperous cloth industry. The original Cloth Hall was built in the 13th century and completed 1304, but was...

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  • City Center - 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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  • 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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  • 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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mercator

    Oostende Things to Do

    The Mercator designed by the Antarctic explorer Gerlache as a training ship for the Belguim merchant fleet.Named after Gerardus Mercator[ 1512 - 1594 ] the flemish cartographer. Built in Leith Scotland. With a good wind could make 13 knots. Now a museum ship , so go on board.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rijselpoort - Lille Gate

    Ieper Things to Do

    We entered Ieper through the Lille Gate, the only Gate that survived the War. It has now been preserved to its historic state after many reconstructions over the centuries. There used to be two entrances, a north and south, [The Lille Gate.] The round towers are the oldest surviving part of the stone ramparts, dating from 1385 and the bridge over...

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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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  • 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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  • 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 during weekend for nightlife in Ypres, it is here packed with party beast for young and old In the weekdays, here is very...

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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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  • 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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  • Centenary Commemoration of WW I

    Ieper Things to Do

    As part of the remembrance of The Great War ,World War One, the war to end all wars, THE MENININ GATE LIONS are being returned to Ypres for the duration of 2017. They are spending time in Canada on their journey home...read more via the link in blue below. These stone lions stood on the medieval city wall either side of the Menin Gate. Nearly...

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  • Market Square

    Brugge Things to Do

    This square has been the centre of Brugge life for over 1000 years - buses, cyclists, horse drawn carriages rattle across the cobbles avoiding the many tourists. There has been a market here since 958 and we came across the weekly Wednesday market on our visit to the town. The statue in the middle of the square honours two leaders of a Flemish...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 curved...

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