Tourist sites worth visiting
Looking for an interesting trip around Bruges? There are so many interesting hotspots worth visiting!
A magnificent castle surrounded by moats in the forest of Torhout. In the castle museum you go on a journey through 1000 years of fascinating history, illustrated with modern presentations, digital screens and a portable videoguide. Children get going with the Treasure hunts of Robbie the ghost. English speaking guide available by booking only.
Oostendestraat 390, Torhout - +32 (0)50 22 07 70 - www.toerismetorhout.be - € 5
Loppem castle and its maze
The Neo-gothic Loppem castle is located at 6 km from Bruges and was built in 1859. It is the only castle in Belgium where the architecture and the interior were preserved in their original condition. As you visit it, you feel like the guest of the project owner and its first residents. It also houses superb art collections. The castle is surrounded by a romantic park with ponds, caves and a maze.
Steenbrugsestraat 26, Loppem - +32 (0)50 82 22 45 - www.kasteelvanloppem.be - € 8
Spend an unforgettable day with the dolphins and a multitude of attractions in this leisure park. The dolphins are the stars of the dolphinarium, and in the outdoor theatre the sea lions put on a show all day and the aquatic panoramas provide underwater views. Children will enjoy the indoor play area, Bobo’s Indoor.
Alphonse de Baeckestraat 12, Sint-Michiels - +32 (0)50 38 38 38 - www.boudewijnseapark.be
The most famous of the Flemish expressionist painters and sculptors, Constant Permeke, has lived and worked in Jabbeke for more than twenty years. Until his death, he lived in the amazing villa « De Vier Winden » (The Four Winds), that he had built himself. Today, it houses the museum and visitors can look around in his home, his garden and his former studios. English brochure and digital tour with personal tablet, iPhone or smartphone available. English speaking guide available by booking only.
Oldtimer Motor museum
Discover a hundred year old collection and history of motorcycles. The museum shows over 120 motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, and everything that’s related to the vehicles… publicity, glazed objects, tools, clothes, … The museum is situated inside the biggest motor hotel in Europe: Bikersloft
Groenedijk in Oudenburg.
Groenedijkstraat 5A, Oudenburg - +32 (0)50 59 90 56 - Reservations are recommended - www.oldtimermotorenmuseum.be.
The Ulenspiegel Museum in Damme introduces you to five centuries Ulenspiegel and its international equivalents. You can learn the pranks and jokes of Ulenspiegel there as well as the cultural and historic context the character appeared in. You will see copies of medieval manuscripts, paintings and sculptures. Children will have fun with the interactive walk and the treasure hunt. English folder available.
Jacob van Maerlantstraat 3, Damme - (Map: I4). +32 (0)50 28 86 10 - www.toerismedamme.be - € 2,50
Abbey ten Putte
The abbey Ten Putte, where Benedictine nuns used to live in the past, is often visited by pilgrims and visitors. The domed chapel houses the well and its miraculous water. As the legend goes it is here that Saint Godelieve was strangled and drowned on the orders of her husband. Visit the museum to learn more about this martyr and the history of this pretty site. It is also the ideal starting point to take the cycling path network. English folder
available. English speaking guide available by booking only (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Abdijstraat 84, Gistel - +32 (0)59 27 86 71 - € 1,50
Sculpture gardens Irénée Duriez and Mia Moreaux
- Several large bronze statues are exhibited in Iréneé Duriez’ romantic garden. Her studio is also open to the public. You can admire her sculptures, her drawings and working method here.
Keibergstraat 6, Ichtegem - +32 (0)51 58 90 27 - www.ireneeduriez.be
Free Open in summer or by appointment.
- Mia Moreaux’ impressive 4 500 m² garden houses bronze and marble statues. You can admire her paintings inspired by Icelandic landscapes in her studio.
Eernegemsestraat 120, Westkerke - +32 (0)59 26 74 74. - www.miamoreaux.com.
Free. Open in summer or by appointment.
Roman Archaeology Museum
The Romans built the only coast-castellum of the Belgian coast in Oudenburg, which makes the location one of the oldest sites in our country. The Roman Archaeology Museum (RAM) thoroughly introduces you to the castellum and its residents through reconstructions, models, computer simulations and archaeological finds. There also is a landscape garden where you can try your luck at Roman games.
Marktstraat 25, Oudenburg - + 32 (0)59 56 84 00 - www.ram-oudenburg.be
Beisbroek observatory and planetarium
In the tower of the observatory, the big telescope invites you to observe the sun, the moon and the planets from close by. Cozmix enables you to admire the stars in all their splendour - even in bad weather. More than 7000 stars are projected on the inner side of the dome in the extraordinary planetarium. Spectacular video images accompany you with a musical background along your initiation journey of discovery of the mysteries of the universe. English planetarium show every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 4.30 pm. English group guided tour available on request.
Zeeweg 96, Bruges - +32 (0)50 39 05 66 - www.cozmix.be - € 5
The tower of Damme
If you are not afraid to climb stairs, you should definitely visit the flat tower of the church of Damme, a listed monument open to the public. You climb a spiralling stone stairway and higher up a spiralling stairway in oakwood that dates back to the 13th century. From the top of the tower, you have splendid views of the town, the city walls and the Hinterland of Bruges.
Kerkstraat, Damme - +32 (0)50 28 86 10 - www.toerismedamme.be - € 1
Open during Easter holiday and May - September.
The belltower of Lissewege
Climb the 264 steps of the monumental bell tower of the church that will give you an impressive and unique panoramic view of the polders. You can see the port of Zeebrugge, the Belgian coast and even the Dutch islands by clear weather. And don’t forget to gaze at the three towers of Bruges. An adventure for the whole family! English speaking guide available for Lissewege by booking only.
Onder de Toren, Lissewege - +32 (0)50 54 54 72 - ww.lissewege.be - € 1
Open from June to September or by appointment.