Charming towns and cities
Everywhere in the Hinterland of Bruges you can visit beautiful towns and picturesque villages.
Do you truely want to discover the region? Don't miss out on these charmings spots!
Bruges is one of the prettiest cities in Europe. It is therefore justified that the UNESCO has listed the whole historical city centre in the world heritage list. You will think you travelled back to medieval times in the winding narrow streets and along the little romantic canals. The numerous museums
and the heritage impressively narrate the turbulent history of the city. Don’t miss the irresistible classics: the Market square, the Belfry, the beguinage, the church of Our Lady and the Rozenhoedkaai.
Buy the Brugge City Card to enjoy endless benefits in Bruges and its Hinterland! www.bruggecitycard.be
Damme, the medieval town that offers you an impressive heritage amidst a magnificent natural landscape! The Damme canal connects the town to Bruges, ideal for a cycling trip of only 8 km. The city walls, the nature reserves and the Ryckevelde domain are ideal walking sites. Admire the historic churches and buildings of the town centre. You will also find literature in the Ulenspiegel Museum. And even the gastronomists will find delicious sustenance: an exquisite restaurant, a charming pub, a fresh pint or Belgian chips. And don’t forget to explore the picturesque villages around Damme.
Torhout, the oldest city of the Duchy of Flanders benefits from its glorious past. The centre is pleasant to walk around in to admire numerous historic monuments and buildings. Take a relaxing break on one of the terraces on the market square or taste Wostyn mustard, the oldest regional product
of Torhout. The city has four green domains that definitely are worth exploring. Don’t miss the castle of Wijnendale, the jewel in the crown of the Flemish heritage.
The splendid abbey farmhouse Ter Doest is located in Lissewege, one of the ten most beautiful villages in Flanders, and is the unique remains of the former Cistercian abbey. The Visitors’ centre in Lissewege displays the past of the white village with photos and a collection of archaeological finds. Climb up to the top of the monumental bell tower of the church that will give you a unique panoramic view of the polders. Do you like sweets? Visit the old De Soete Paepe sweet shop where you can taste vintage sweets in a 1920s interior.
Houtave, one of the municipalities of Zuienkerke, is a charming little village located between Bruges and the coast. The village is dominated by the church where Saint Apolline is the patron saint of the dentists and is called upon against toothache. Almost directly opposite you will find the pub
De Drie Koningen which opened its doors in 1771. Sample one of its specialities: a slice of bread with homemade farmers’ pâté.
A silent, whitewashed village with a flat church tower: Oostkerke, elected the prettiest village of West Flanders. Stroll along the Leopold canal until the 14th century castle. In the village centre take a break in the pub De Knotwilg where you will still find popular wooden games. Located on our cycling network, this picturesque village also is the ideal starting point for cycling trips in the polders.
Kanegem, a municipality of Tielt, is popular for its flowers. The recently restored neo-baroque Saint Bavo church is worth a visit. You will also see the statue of the cycle racer Briek Schotte, double world champion and born in Kanegem, here. But the flowery village is also ideal to relax in. Kuren in Kanegem is a spa that provides therapeutic treatments, beauty treatments and special arrangements, like chocolate massages.
The small rural village of Meetkerke, a picturesque municipality of Zuienkerke, is located near Bruges. Enter the Church of Our Lady to admire the miraculous statue, the subject of a true legend. On the other side of the road you will find the pub Het Mortierken in one of the typical whitewashed
farmhouses. Drink a Belgian beer on the terrace or grab a bite in the rustic interior. To enjoy nature, pay a visit to the Meetkerkse Moeren that give you a splendid panorama of the polders.
Located on the banks of the Ostend-Bruges canal, Stalhille is one of the most charming villages in the polders. The green region is the ideal landscape for a cycling trip, a walk or even an excursion on horseback. The Kruidenboerderietje is the ideal stop for a rest in this peaceful oasis. Visit the shop, the garden with aromatic plants or enjoy a herbal tea on the terrace. And if you have some time left, visit the glassworks De Sfeermaker where you can also enjoy a glass of honey beer.