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Belgium Highlights

  • Pro
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     Diverse, Warm people 

  • Con
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     Some of the locals can be rather cold. The weather can be downright miserable 

  • In a nutshell
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     Good food, famous beer, historical cities 

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Brussels

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5650,11941,273

Brugge

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2687,7161,192

Antwerp

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2884,7126,130

Oostende

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526,1683,60

Gent

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1437,3724,50

Ieper

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517,1518,5

Leuven

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_Vlaams_Brabant/Leuven-352155/TravelGuide-Leuven.html

477,1030,24

Charleroi

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Province_de_Hainaut/Charleroi-357329/TravelGuide-Charleroi.html

97,128,10

Liège

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195,576,24

Mons

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213,416,10

Hasselt

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182,398,10

De Panne

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89,127,17

Mechelen

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285,676,16

Knokke-Heist

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60,143,41

Blankenberge

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_West_Vlaanderen/Blankenberge-358198/TravelGuide-Blankenberge.html

72,224,33

Namur

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Province_de_Namur/Namur-350947/TravelGuide-Namur.html

189,493,11

Bastogne

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Province_de_Luxembourg/Bastogne-358645/TravelGuide-Bastogne.html

73,182,7

Kortrijk

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_West_Vlaanderen/Kortrijk-353343/TravelGuide-Kortrijk.html

101,692,23

Dinant

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Province_de_Namur/Dinant-356620/TravelGuide-Dinant.html

153,344,7

Lier

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171,447,5

De Haan

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56,105,32

Zeebrugge

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31,368,5

Tournai

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149,354,6

Turnhout

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111,153,6

Knokke

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_West_Vlaanderen/Knokke-353445/TravelGuide-Knokke.html

31,86,4

Roeselare

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106,147,4

Adinkerke

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_West_Vlaanderen/Adinkerke-359093/TravelGuide-Adinkerke.html

19,47,0

Tervuren

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56,91,2

Damme

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104,290,10

Spa

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52,92,24

Durbuy

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37,133,27

Ardennes

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Province_de_Hainaut/Ardennes-358948/TravelGuide-Ardennes.html

32,33,0

Tongeren

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_Limburg/Tongeren-347858/TravelGuide-Tongeren.html

44,94,5

Aalst

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65,245,11

Poperinge

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43,109,1

Bouillon

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44,131,16

Zaventem

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24,38,4

Lommel

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_Limburg/Lommel-351969/TravelGuide-Lommel.html

19,69,2

Genk

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_Limburg/Genk-355606/TravelGuide-Genk.html

36,74,14

Waterloo

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Province_de_Brabant_Wallon/Waterloo-347007/TravelGuide-Waterloo.html

55,137,5

Brugge

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_Oost_Vlaanderen/Brugge-357610/TravelGuide-Brugge.html

68,281,0

Hoegaarden

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22,44,0

Overijse

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_Vlaams_Brabant/Overijse-350305/TravelGuide-Overijse.html

28,47,2

Mol

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_Antwerpen/Mol-351300/TravelGuide-Mol.html

16,26,3

Diksmuide

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_West_Vlaanderen/Diksmuide-356625/TravelGuide-Diksmuide.html

31,133,4

Menen

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_West_Vlaanderen/Menen-351464/TravelGuide-Menen.html

33,98,3

Louvain-la-Neuve

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Province_de_Brabant_Wallon/Louvain_la_Neuve-351908/TravelGuide-Louvain_la_Neuve.html

23,20,1

Etterbeek

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Region_de_Bruxelles_Capitale/Etterbeek-356133/TravelGuide-Etterbeek.html

11,64,0

Woluwé-Saint-Pierre

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Region_de_Bruxelles_Capitale/Woluwe_Saint_Pierre-346706/TravelGuide-Woluwe_Saint_Pierre.html

26,56,0

Nieuwpoort

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Belgium/Provincie_West_Vlaanderen/Nieuwpoort-350750/TravelGuide-Nieuwpoort.html

15,69,11

Brussels

See all 5650 Brussels Tips
  • Manneken Pis

    Brussels Things to Do

    I still wonder from were came the idea of building a fountain with the water streaming out a pipi, zizi or as used in Brussels and Brabant dialect a "pisellewiet" or "tichke". What we know is that according to documents from 15th c. there was at the same place already a stone statue called " Juliaenekensborre " or " ‘t Menneken Pist " supplying...

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  • Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo

    Brussels Hotels

    The Rocco Forte hotel amigo is considered the best in Brussels and is part of the Leading Hotels of...

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  • Fish, Mussels & Seafood

    Brussels Restaurants

    There are a whole lot of seafood restaurants on the Quai aux Briques and we chose this one because it has a nice 3 course lunch menu for 23 euro. The restaurant overlooks a lovely square flanked by the St. Catherine's church. The metro stop is about 50 metres away and the Grand Place perhaps 10 minute walk. On a sunny day, it is wonderful to enjoy...

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Brugge

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  • 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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  • Ter Duinen

    Brugge Hotels

    Welcomed by the hosts in this charming hotel along the Langerei canal I was pleased to see the hotel...

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  • Frites/Waffles /other food

    Brugge Restaurants

    You just HAVE to try frites when in Belgium, there are a couple of theories as to how they got popularized as French fries but we should have renamed them Belgian fries a long time ago as the Belgians make them the best. When all the lunacy about Freedom Fries was going in the US, the Belgians should have snuck in and campaigned to rename them...

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Antwerp

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  • Cathedral of Our Lady

    Antwerp Things to Do

    Considered the largest Gothic Cathedral in the lowlands, as it has been rebuilt over the 100's of years there are elements of renaissance, rococco and baroque in the architecture, as well as incredible carvings, as well as paintings by Rubens and many other world class artists. From the 9th to 12th century it was the site of a small chapel....

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  • Hilton Antwerp

    Antwerp Hotels

    OK we´d been wanting to stay here for years, but was always too pricey. We managed to get a decent...

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  • Amadeus - spare ribs a volonte

    Antwerp Restaurants

    Amadeus is a great restaurant with its top speciality: unlimited spare ribs. The outside may be less attracting, the inside of the restaurant offers 100% good food and quick service. Long tables are waiting for your party. The ribs are a fest to eat. Served on a wooden rectangular plate with a jacked potatoe and some vegetables. The waiter will...

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Oostende

See all 526 Oostende Tips
  • 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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  • Golden Tulip Bero Oostende

    Oostende Hotels

    Standard single : 57 EURO. Superior single : 62 EURO. Junior suite single : 85 EURO. Standard double...

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  • Pubs / Bars

    Oostende Nightlife

    Cafe Botteltje should have been a paradise for me. I do enjoy a beer, or two, and if served in a characterful pub, at reasonable prices, I'm in heaven. I can appreciate little backstreet single-bar pubs just as much as I enjoy the glitzy grand-cafe places. Botteltje was a disappointment though. It prides itself on stocking over 300 beers, with 13...

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Gent

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  • Castle of the Counts - Gravensteen

    Gent Things to Do

    The Gravensteen Castle was built in the late 12th century by the count Philip of Alsace. The word Gravensteen is Dutch and stands for "Castle of the Counts", so the castle was the seat of the counts of Flanders until the 14th century. Afterwards it was used for several purposes such as a mint, a prison and even a cotton plant. Nowadays the castle...

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  • NH Gent Belfort

    Gent Hotels

    Now this hotel is not easy to get to BY CAR but it does have its own private car park beneath it...

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  • In Your Pocket - Gent

    Gent What to Pack

    Although I usually use the excellent "In Your Pocket" guides on my travels to Central- and Eastern Europe, I didn't know that the city of Gent in Begium is also covered by this series.I only discovered this after my trip when researching information for my VT page.So if you plan to visit Gent, the "In Your Pocket – Gent" guide might be a good...

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Ieper

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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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  • Hotel Ariane

    Ieper Hotels

    We stayed in hotel Ariane during a weekend in august 2006. Our room was located on the second floor,...

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  • Old Tom

    Ieper Restaurants

    We read about Old Tom in the Market Square in Ieper and were chuffed to find it easily. We didn't stay long however. The place smelt greasy and they didn't have any mussels. After a quite enjoyable beer our party of six left. There are better place in Ieper.

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Leuven

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  • Warning: Kalypta, what a shame !

    Leuven Restaurants

    They cheated us with the bill. If you go to Leuven don't go to this place. The waiter and the owners (Jo Vanreusel and Maria Corbeels as I found later in the internet) are just thieves. I have looked for other opinions on this restaurant and 90% noted that the service was very bad. I would add that is even dangerous. They will try to get your money...

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  • Klooster Hotel

    Leuven Hotels

    Facility was clean, service was excellent - the staff was very accomodating. Parking is not so good.

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  • Make sure to wander

    Leuven Off The Beaten Path

    Make sure to wander off of the Use-it map.. There are some interesting streets that curve in all sort of unexpected directions, especially South of the city center. Especially look out for unusual architectural details.

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Charleroi

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  • Comics Books

    Charleroi Local Customs

    Belgium is known for its absurd culture and odd sense of humour. But in the world of comic books, Belgium is one of the top producers of comic books, with two competing “schools” - the Charleroi School and Brussels School. The Charleroi School, based in Marcinelle, was home to the publisher Dupuis, who published Le Journal de Spirou. I remember...

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  • Hotel South

    Charleroi Hotels

    206 Chausse De Gilly, Charleroi, 6043, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Maison Dorée

    Charleroi Off The Beaten Path

    One of the most remarkable palaces in Charleroi is this Art Nouveau house, built in 1899. Initially belonging to a glass industrial, it houses today the press association.

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Liège

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  • Place Saint-Lambert

    Liège Things to Do

    Place Saint-Lambert is the heart of Lüttich. Nowadays it is a wide open space in modern design. This square is about the only area in the city centre which has brand new pavement. Works were still in progress in summer 2012. (For reasons explained on the intro page, the topic of pavement has a special meaning to me. It was on this new pavement...

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  • Romantik Hotel Le Val d'Ambleve

    Liège Hotels

    Route de Malmedy 7, Stavelot, Liege, B-4970, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Blue Bikes

    Liège Transportation

    Throughout Europe, in fact throughout the world, different bike sharing programs keep appearing, some intended for tourists, some for locals and some for both.The Blue Bikes, which are available at 41 railway stations in Belgium, are intended mainly for people who do a lot of travelling by train within Belgium and want to use a bike when they...

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Mons

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  • Question about trains from Mons to...

    Mons Transportation

    Hi I am planning on staying in Mons and would like to get the train from Mons to Brussels and back again. I don't like travelling on underground trains, so could anyone tell me if this train would be overhead all the way?Many thanks

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  • Best Western Hotel Lido

    Mons Hotels

    Rue Des Arbalestriers 112, Mons, Hainaut, B-7000, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Spanish House

    Mons Things to Do

    This house, built according to Spanish architecture in the 16Th century, and Gothic details, uses mainly brick. It was used after a fire, in 1548, that forced construction with cheap material, resistant to fire. It was restored in 1919-1920, and nowadays it houses "Maison de Presse" another designation commonly used.

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Hasselt

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  • Go for a walk amongst the largest dunes...

    Hasselt Things to Do

    À la taverne, vous retournez sur vos pas jusqu’à la piste cyclable pour vous engager dans un large chemin sablonneux. À l’embranchement en T, à gauche.Vous traversez un paysage accidenté. Les bosses sablonneuses se sont fixées grâce aux arbres et à la végétation. Plus loin apparaissent de plus grandes dunes qui sont des dunes continentales...

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  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Hasselt

    Hasselt Hotels

    Torenplein 8, Twee Toren Wijk, Hasselt, Limburg, 3500, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • “Affordable Italian Charm”

    Hasselt Restaurants

    This restaurant is an institute in Hasselt.The menu always has several Italian specialties listed. Also you will find some classical dishes (goose liver, scallops, lobster, ...) all year round, but seasonally prepared. The food and wines are very good at a reasonable price. I wonder why this restaurant isn't rated in any major gourmet-guide.

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De Panne

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  • Belgian Humour

    De Panne Local Customs

    Despite their stereotype to the contrary I find Belgians to have a very subtle sense of humour. Examples include the canalside bar in Gent, "Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant" - "The Waterhouse on the Beerfront" or the wonderful shop in Antwerp, "Swiet & Seksie" which specialises in edibles and who's motto is "All You Eat Is Love".Here in De Panne I...

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  • Royal Hotel

    De Panne Hotels

    Zeelaan 178-180, Avenue De La Mer, De Panne, 8660, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Go To The Beach

    De Panne Things to Do

    Although my visit was a winter one I got the impression that De Panne puts a lot of effort into making its beaches attractive.Wandering around with the pre-season preparations in progress I can extrapolate how it is going to look in the summer - well, the views from the beachfront bars anyway ;-HIC!

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Mechelen

See all 285 Mechelen Tips
  • Belgian Malinois Shepherd Dogs.

    Mechelen Local Customs

    This is not a local custom but a local production as the city of Mechelen gave its name to the best known and most widespread Belgian Shepherd Dog the Mechelse Herder called Belgian Malinois around the world and used as working dog in Europe, North America, Australia.The Malinois - Mechelse Herder is a medium-sized and square-proportioned dog in...

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  • Martin's Patershof

    Mechelen Hotels

    Karmelietenstraat 4, Mechelen, 2800, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Specialists in game

    Mechelen Restaurants

    My friend and I had dinner here on our free evening after the conference ended, and were very pleased with our choice. It isn’t the cheapest restaurant in the city but we found it very good value for the quality, and quantity!There is no English menu but the waiter (who I suspect is also the owner) was very helpful and offered to translate anything...

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Knokke-Heist

See all 60 Knokke-Heist Tips
  • Useful phone numbers

    Knokke-Heist Favorites

    The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...

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  • Binnenhof Hotel

    Knokke-Heist Hotels

    Nellenslaan 156, Knokke-Heist, 8300, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Het Vlinderhof

    Knokke-Heist Restaurants

    Het Vlinderhof is the tearoom/restaurant next to De Vlindertuin (Butterfly Garden) in Knokke-Heist.It's a nice place, with a lovely outside terrace. Guests are welcome for lunch or dinner but also for a beer or afternoon coffee.Exceptional location: surrounded by the lovely Koningsbos and the Knokke dunes, and alongside the belt of greenery that...

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Blankenberge

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  • M923 Blankenberge

    Blankenberge Local Customs

    MSC Class Coastal Minesweeper Adjutant Class Motor Minesweeper that was laid down as AMS-170 by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., New York, transferred to Belgium and named Blankenberge (M 923) in May 1954. The ship was returned to US Navy custody in February 1955 when it was reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-170. In September 1969 the...

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  • Saint Saveur

    Blankenberge Hotels

    Happy to have booked for one night only. Found this on the internet where it is described as a...

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  • Office de Promotion du Tourisme

    Blankenberge Things to Do

    The Blankenberge Tourist Information Office is located in a shared building with the tram station and provides the usual source of maps, postcards, guides and books, gift ideas, regional specialities and local arts and crafts.September till June: 9.00 am to 11.45 am and 1.30 pm to 5.00 pmJuly and August: 9.00 am to 7.00 pmemail ...

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