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This province has beautiful towns as well as a beautiful coast. Enjoy long walks on the beach in Knokke-Heist, expansive nature along the Belgian-Dutch border and excellent shopping in the charming town of Bruges, the capital of this diverse province.
The region known today as West Flanders was once ruled by Napoleon, the dukes of Burgundy and the Spanish. In 1830, it became part of the already then independent Belgium.
One of West Flanders' biggest attractions is the coast. Explore Oostende and Fort Napoleon and spend an afternoon on the beach at Knokke-Heist. Just to the east of this trendy seaside resort and on the border with the Netherlands, nature reserve Het Zwin is the place to be for nature lovers.
A visit to West Flanders is of course not complete without visiting its capital, Bruges. The archaeological Bruggemuseum and the typical Flemish Frietmuseum are must-sees, as is the Princely Béguinage Ten Wijngaerde, where you will find lots of historic houses that show how people lived in the 17th century. A great way to tour the city centre is by boat. You can hire a boat and do a self-guided tour or hop on a tour boat, sit back, relax and enjoy the charming city centre from a totally different angle.
You can explore the province on foot, by bicycle or by car. West Flanders also has an excellent public transport network. You can get around on regional buses or the train. If you would like to explore the whole Belgian coast, the coast tram (kusttram) is the best mode of transport. It connects all of the cities along the coast.
West Flanders is best reached by car or by train from Antwerp. The train will get you from St Pancras to Bruges in about 4 hours, and by car you can be there in 3. You can park your car in the centre of Bruges for a fee.
Enjoy this diverse province with a rich history, charming capital and trendy seaside resorts. Book your holiday and discover this fantastic part of Belgium.
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