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Kortrijk

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Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums · Observation Decks
Kortrijk is a Belgian city and municipality in the Flemish province of West Flanders.It is the capital and largest city of the judicial and administrative arrondissement of Kortrijk. The wider municipality comprises the city of Kortrijk proper and the villages of Aalbeke, Bellegem, Bissegem, Heule, Kooigem, Marke, and Rollegem. Kortrijk is also part of the cross-border Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai metropolitan area.The city is on the river Leie, 42km southwest of Ghent and 25km northeast of Lille. Mouscron in Wallonia is just south of Kortrijk.Kortrijk originated from a Gallo-Roman town, Cortoriacum, at a crossroads near the Leie river and two Roman roads. In the Middle Ages, Kortrijk grew significantly thanks to the flax and wool industry with France and England and became one of the biggest and richest cities in Flanders. The city is often referred to as City of Groeninge or City of the Golden Spurs, referring to the Battle of Courtrai or the Battle of the Golden Spurs which took place on 11 July 1302 on the Fields of Groeninge in Kortrijk. In 1820, the Treaty of Kortrijk was signed, which laid out the current borders between France and Belgium. Throughout the 19th and 20th century, the flax industry flourished and remains important within the Belgian textile industry today.
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Begijnhof ©
Historic Walking Area
Begijnhof
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel
Church
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Broel Towers ©
Observation Deck
Broel Towers
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beer Tasting / Tour
BeerWalk
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Kortrijk

Menin Gate Memorial ©
Monument
Menin Gate Memorial Ieper (Ypres)
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Pairi Daiza Brugelette
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Cemetery
Tyne Cot Cemetery Zonnebeke
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bellewaerde ©
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Bellewaerde Ieper (Ypres)
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Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Kortrijk

Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste ©
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Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste Bellegem
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Preetjes Windmill
Landmark
Preetjes Windmill
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Tourist Run Kortrijk ©
Bridge
Tourist Run Kortrijk
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Texture ©
Specialty Museum
Texture
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Kortrijk

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Saint Martin's Church ©
Church
Saint Martin's Church
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Baggaertshof ©
Historic Site
Baggaertshof
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beguinage of Kortrijk
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Beguinage of Kortrijk
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Vanneste Windmill
Historic Site
Vanneste Windmill
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Kortrijk

Kortrijk 1302 ©
Specialty Museum
Kortrijk 1302
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Texture Museum of Flax and River Lys
Specialty Museum
Texture Museum of Flax and River Lys
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Broelmuseum
Specialty Museum
Broelmuseum
3.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Breweries & Distilleries in Kortrijk

Brouwerij Eutropius ©
Brewery
Brouwerij Eutropius Heule
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

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