This maritime themed park is actually housed in the old fish market ( dont worry it does not smell)
You begin by taking a walk through the undersea world of the North sea and learn all about what lives there
When you come back up you then learn all ablut the harbour and how Brugge was united with the Zee and all about Zeebrugge as a busy town
Theres a part to learn about noth sea fishing and a part to discover about life on board a typical fishing boat.
there are many more things to see and do and interact with and theres a play area and ball park for the smaller children to let off steam.
I would recommend about 2 hours for this visit
You can go on board a former lighthouse boat called then West-Hinder and see all the things on there and see how the crews of 9 men used to live for 2 weeks at a time ...it makes a very interesting trip and does not take too long and kids will be interested too..these important vessels were in use right up until 1992 .
Of course at the end of the tour there is a giftshop too!
Open all year
10u tot 18u
July and August
10u tot 19u
You can visit the submarine and see inside the 100 foot u-boat and see the conditions that the 75 strong crew would have had to endure for months at a time.
We were amazed by the sheer amount of turny things and buttons and switches and dooh-dads...there was no way an inexperienced person would have been tolerated ...there must have been stringent training because mistakes would have been deadly.
We advise that you take quite a while when visiting this site as there area lot of things to see and many plaques to read ( in several languages) to let you know what you are seeing.
see travelouge for inside pictures
The construction of a new container terminal (FCT) in the new western outer port has been of great importance for the future expansion of the port. Zeebrugge is after all one of the few ports in Western Europe that can receive the biggest container vessels (the + 4000 TEU) generation
If you will be in Belgium before 7 September 2003 don't miss this years festival otherwise you have to wait one year for the next one :-)
The only reason I went to Zeebrugge was this festival. After I saw sand sculputres in Berlin I'm fascinated by them! Thanks to all the VT members (Luchonda) who already have tips about Zeebrugge and the festival due to them I heard about it for the first time.
Please see my travelogue for some more pictures - Thanks
For me the only thing to complain about is the entrance fee of EUR 9. It is quite much but anyway I guess I have to put it again on my next years holiday planning schedule!
Guess it would also be amazing and funny to distroy all the figures after the show is over ...
Bruges - Zeebruges !
Maybe a tip and Hotel advise for the next
Visiting the Sandsculptures is a must - if you are visiting Belgium in July/August
BTW there is a big competion going on between Zeebrugge and Blankenberge in festivals of sandsculpturing !
Themes are of course different - so this makes it enjoyable for the daytrippers visiting the belgian coast !
As I understand the ice sculpture had their premiere this year.
But what I understand from the Flamish newpaper artical hanging on the tent somebodies had intentionally destroyed the maschine or something else which was responsible for the right temperature in the tent ...
On the photo you see the only rest of the ice sculptures. What a pitty!!!
In the old area of the former covered fish market of Zeebrugge, you can explore an authentic Russian submarine, the ‘Westhinder’, a floating lightship, and an indoor exhibition centred around the theme of the sea.
Around July & August, you can visit the beach of Zeebrugge to watch a magnificent sand sculpture. Every year, there's another theme displayed.
For more pics watch my travelogues.
sand sculpture festival with 2002's motto: THE MYSTERY OF ATLANTIS.
it's enormous to see this sculptures, built out of sand. you can't believe it, if you've never seen it.
the giant sand sculpture that is being built by 75 international sand artists with the aid of 9 million kilograms of sand.
the whole sand sculpture is 80 metres (± 262 feet) long and 60 metres (± 197 feet) wide. the highest point is formed by the 14 metres (± 46 feet) high summit, comparable to an apartment building of more than four storeys high!
...you see, it really is unbelievable.
for more information and a GREAT virtual tour click the site below.
For the fourth time, Zeebrugge received tall sailing ships that still ply the oceans. It was a great opportunity to visit these ships. More pics are available in my travelogue.
ZEEBRUGGE is well known for its SAND SCULPTURE FESTIVAL .
Every YEAR there is a great Festival with a lot of international ARTISTS .
On the webside you see all INFORMATION you need .
This year for the first time, alongside the impressive sand sculpture there are also ice and water sculptures to view on the Zeebrugge beach.
ZEEBRUGGE Sand sculpture festival.
The theme this year (2003) for the giant sand sculpture is ‘Bruges in the Middle Ages'.
Yearly - a sand sculpture festival in Zeebrugge ! A must to visit - to get back into time - all dreams made of sand - but by international artists and so real !!