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    Albert I-promenade 0, 8400 Oostende

    Embark and make a wonderful sea trip with the MS Franlis III from the port of Ostend!  Enjoy the sun, the wind, the water...

    While you enjoy the fresh sea breeze you will admire the Belgian Coast from another point of view.  The trip takes you offshore to the Buitenstroombank buoy, makes a bow to the coast to sail back – close to the beach - to the port of Ostend.  You will pass big ferries, sailing boats, motorboats with fishermen in action with flying seagulls but also the beach and the dunes.  The excursion (45 minutes) gives a complete particular view on the port and the city.

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    Tijdokstraat 1, 8380 Zeebrugge

    Embark and visit an international port in action!

    Anchorage cargo giants, ferries, cruise ships, fishing boats, tugboats, yachts ... in just a few steps from each other. Full action! Along the way we meet the Belgian Navy base, the gas and wind turbines on the dam. The stern island (with its thousands of birds) and one of the largest locks in the world you get on the way (75 min)! An audiovisual guidance system on board gives you after a whole different view of a world port. A boat trip not soon to forget ...

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    Boekhoutedorp 3, 9961 Boekhoute

    There is a fishing vessel tied up in the village of Boekhoute, a memory of a long gone era. In the Visitors Centre of Boekhoute, you will be introduced to the life of the shrimpers and their previous docks. It is a remarkable history of a fishing village without a harbour. Children can organize a hunt, together with Harry Shrimp and Peetje Gîrnaert through the exhibition.

    In the attic you can find the exhibition ‘Courageous Women and the First World War’. This exposition explains the role of the woman during the First World War.

    Five women take you along their path of life. You can look at life through their eyes. Life as a spy, a fisherman’s wife, a nurse and a soup dealer. Each of them tell their own story about the First World War.

    How they survived and what kind of impact the German occupation had on their lives. For children there is a smuggling game, a game in which you become a smuggler yourself during the war.

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    Coupure Rechts 2A, 9000 Gent

     Stand at the helm of a minerva boat or luxury sloop.

    Go boating on the touristic Leie with your friends, colleagues or relatives for just a couple of hours or maybe all day long. You’ll peacefully pass beautiful gardens as well as the painter’s villages St.-Martens-Latem and Deurle. Every day a few cabrio boats, family boats and luxury sloops can explore the historic center of Ghent. Due to heavy boat traffic experience is recom-mended. Therefore everybody has to navigate first on the Leie and only then in the center of Ghent.

    Our boats are designed to be easily operable and comfortable:

    • Standard boats/cabrio boats up to 4 passengers,

    • Luxury sloops up to 5, 6, 10, 12 passengers

    • Very simple to operate

    • No boating license or experience required (min. age 18)

    • No floodgates or swing bridges on the route

    • Pets are not allowed on the boats

    • Qualified staff on site to provide you with all necessary information, advice and directions.

     

    You can find us at the Minerva port, at the corner of Coupure and Lindenlei.

     

     reservation required

    Tel. : 0032(0)9/233 79 17

    www.minervaboten.be

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    Lotsestraat z/n, 1650 Beersel

    The moated castle of Beersel is one of the few exceptionally well-preserved examples of medieval fortifications in Belgium. It remains pretty much as it must have appeared in the late 15th century. Over the course of the centuries, this moated castle has had a very eventful history. Visitors experience at first hand what it must have felt like to live in a heavily fortified castle in medieval times.
    In 1999, the municipality of Beersel acquired the castle on lease from a national heritage foundation, the Koninklijke Vereniging der Historische Woonsteden van België (Royal Association of Historic Cities and Gardens in Belgium). The municipality aims to carry out repairs, renovations and upgrades to the castle. Since 2003 the castle has been undergoing a series of restoration campaigns.

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    Gemeenveldstraat 1, 1652 Alsemberg

    Discover, taste and learn all the secrets of lambic beers from the Senne valley and the Pajottenland!

    Visitor Centre ‘De Lambiek’ in Alsemberg is the ideal starting point for an instructive discovery tour along the breweries and blenderies in our region. Come in to sample the spontaneously fermented lambic beer, which has been brewed according to the same traditional methods for centuries. Matured in wooden barrels, lambic is the result of traditional techniques and expertise found nowhere else in the world. With their colours, flavours and scents, lambic-style beers are a source of refined pleasure and a perfect companion for moments of pure conviviality. A fascinating film on the brewing process immerses you in the history of this unique beer full of character!

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    Wolfgang d'Urselstraat 9, 2880 Hingene

    For almost four centuries, Hingene Castle was the favourite summer residence of the aristocratic d’Ursel family. Each summer, the duke, together with his family and household, would arrive to take up residence in his magnificent stately home. Today, the castle is owned by the Province of Antwerp, which has been responsible for restoring this opulent residence to its former glory. Indeed, in 2014 the castle was awarded the Flemish Monuments Prize. Both adults and children are welcome to visit the castle for guided tours, concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events, including the biennial Castle Festival. Come and take a leisurely walk around the estate, have a picnic on the lawns or go for a jog in the woods. You can even become the king of the castle for a day, and receive your guests in this unique and sumptuous setting. Our events rooms are available to hire for receptions, dinners, seminars and reportage photography. • From 25 May to 15 October 2017 the castle is showing an exhibition entitled ‘The Beauty of the Beast. Animal Art by Old and Young Masters’. It includes works by artists of the 17 th, 18th and 19th centuries, selected by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp. On these pictures we find all the animals that have frequented the castle for centuries; domestic animals like cats and dogs but also farm animals such as chickens, cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs and donkeys. All the great names of animal art are here, from Roelant Savery and Frans Snijders, via Jacob Jordaens and Paul de Vos, to Charles Verlat and Henriëtte Ronner-Knip. ‘The Beauty of the Beast’ pits these Old Masters against scores of contemporary artists in what we see  as a challenging combination. The Young Masters include Atelier Les Deux Garçons, Ruben Bellinkx, Pascal Bernier, Karin Borghouts, Caroline Coolen, Jean-Luc Cornec, Wim Delvoye, Mandy den Elzen, Stief Desmet, Jan Fabre, Laura Ford, Jef Geys, Idiots, Frieke Janssens, Gideon Kiefer, Jeroen Lemaître, Richard Mas, Linda Molenaar, Ronny Paesbrugghe, Erwin Peeters, Alet Pilon, Thierry Poncelet, Sarah Reynders, William Sweetlove, Mieke Teirlinck, Ferry van Tongeren & Jaap Sinke, Stephan Vanfleteren, Koen Vanmechelen and Willy Verginer. • www.kasteeldursel.be

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    Gruitrode - Opglabbeek - Opoeteren (see 5 gateways on the website)

    Do you like dunes, action and breathtaking nature? Do you enjoy hiking, cycling, horseback riding or mountain biking? Or climbing up a sandy slope to the top of the Oudsberg, the highest continental dune in Flanders?

    Then visit Duinengordel (or 'dune belt') in northeast Limburg (BE). The marked trails are connected with those of the National Park 'Hoge Kempen'. Enjoy adventure and exhilarating trails in the Duinengordel: an ideal setting for a picnic, a geocaching tour or a free stay and an exceptional nature experience on the first wild camping site in Limburg. Enjoy the diverse natural beauty and fascinating landscapes that aim for recognition as world heritage.

    The website is THE guide for information about the various starting points, bicycle stops, restaurants, B&B's, hotels and local delicacies.