The 10 Best Things to Do in Kortrijk, Belgium

December 26, 2017 Misti Hsu

Kortrijk (in English also Courtrai or Courtray; official name in Dutch: Kortrijk, pronounced [ˈkɔrtrɛi̯k]; West Flemish: Kortryk or Kortrik, French: Courtrai, pronounced [kuʁtʁɛ]; Latin: Cortoriacum) is a Belgian city and municipality in the Flemish province of West Flanders.
Restaurants in Kortrijk

1. Begijnhof St Elisabeth (St. Elisabeth House)

Kortrijk, Belgium +32 56 24 48 38
Excellent
51%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

Begijnhof St Elisabeth (St. Elisabeth House)

Reviewed By Bellou2 - London, United Kingdom

Very attractive white houses in a cobbled area, which have a fascinating history of the Begijns movements . There is an interactive museum now opened which does have some information in English, although most of the exhibition is only in Flemish. There is also one house which has the inside showing how the women lived.
There is still a lot of renovation work going on all over Kortijk, but most of this area of Begijnhof St Elizabeth is now open. It is free to enter and well worth a visit . There is a cafe .

2. Broel Towers

Guido Gezellestraat, Kortrijk, Belgium
Excellent
34%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 144 reviews

Broel Towers

Reviewed By Bellou2 - London, United Kingdom

These are very attractive towers on a bridge over the canal. Would be idyllic but the renovation work all around make it difficult to get around. There did not seen to to be much actual work going on , but it was chaotic. Think they need to get it finished asap !

3. Eglise Notre-Dame (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk)

Deken Zegerplein, Kortrijk, Belgium
Excellent
38%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Eglise Notre-Dame (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk)

Reviewed By Jos V - Hasselt, Belgium

As my wife wants to visit each and every churchbuilding we also visiited this one. Very impressif building holding numerous very old paintings and artifacts

4. Kortrijk 1302

Beguinage Park - Houtmarkt, Kortrijk 8500, Belgium +32 56 27 78 50
Excellent
35%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 93 reviews

Kortrijk 1302

Reviewed By Katrien S - Ghent, Belgium

There is very little to see in this museum, and the audio guide, which is rather necessary as there really is little to see, is long-winded and not particularly good. The museum tries to explain and analyse the reasons for the war between the count, the burghers and the king of France, and focusses on the battle of the guilded spurs. It however fails in both, with the audience just getting snaps of facts here and there. There is a section on the abuse of the battle in later times for propaganda, which is the most interesting section, but would be much more powerful if the part explaining the causes, the participants as well as the non-participants did not fail rather miserably.
The exhibit does have some well preserved wooden statues of unknown origin of important people at the time of the battle, and a 3 original objects.

5. Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Kwabrugstraat 5, Bellegem, Kortrijk 8510, Belgium +32 56 23 51 71
Excellent
71%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Brewery Omer Vander Ghinste is a family-owned brewery in the heart of Flanders that brews authentic quality beers since 1892.

Reviewed By Multisensory E

Wakefield CAMRA visited the brewery on Easter Saturday. There were 32 of us so we were split into two groups of sixteen each which had a very knowledgeable and friendly guide who proceeded to tell us both the history of the brewery as well as the show us around the brewery. The visit ended with a tasting of the various beers that they produce and we all went away with a presentation pack.

6. Saint Martin's Church

Sint-Maartenskerkstraat, Kortrijk, Belgium
Excellent
39%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

Saint Martin's Church

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

As I passed by this church, heading for the Begijnhof St Elisabeth, I noticed its entrance. It was truly beautiful! What attracted me the most is above the entrance door. It had many little chapels all over the façade. Attractive! No wonder that this is the main church in Kortrijk!
It dates from the 14th century, a Medieval church.
Later I noticed its high Bell tower containing 49 bells. It too was beautiful!
The Inside though isbuilt in Gothic style. My favorite! The preacher’s pulpit is quite beautiful! All made of wood and chiseled to perfection. All chairs are made of wood and there are some amazing paintings and statues.
There is a side chapel with paintings surrounded by golden ornaments. On the side walls there are more interesting paintings. Another chapel is surrounded with gorgeous stained-glass windows and an amazing painting at the very front.
I certainly enjoyed my explorations here. It was worthwhile!

7. Texture

Noordstraat 28, Kortrijk 8500, Belgium +32 56 27 74 70
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Texture

TEXTURE tells the story of the flax and linen industry. A story about strong roots, about craftsmanship and entrepreneurship, about daring innovations and constantly re-inventing oneself.

Reviewed By Katrien S - Ghent, Belgium

Located somewhat outside the historic city centre, but still easy walking distance, is this new museum in an old textile factory. On the ground floor the details about the plant, harvest, preparation and (modern) uses are given. Nothing of this plant is wasted, which is quite impressive. On the 2nd floor an overview of the economic history of Kortrijk and the region harvesting flax is given. Highlighted are the many ups and downs of an economy highly dependent on 1 crop, and an explanation why some, currently large, factories are located in small villages. The top floor shows damask and lace made on linen, from the 1600's till now. There is some information about modern uses, but that certainly could be expanded.

8. City Hall

Grote Markt 54, Kortrijk 8500, Belgium
Excellent
39%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

City Hall

Reviewed By Amazon122s - Santa Comba Dao, Portugal

The City Hall of Kortrijk is located on the main square of Kortrijk.
The present city hall was erected about 1520 in a style composed of Gothic and Renaissance elements.
In 1526, statues of the principal Counts of Flanders were put into niches, and in the year 1616 the Town Hall was once more enlarged, with a part of the front in the extant style.
From the end of the 17th and throughout the 18th centuries, the front underwent a series of alterations and in 1938, the first plans were drawn for the restoration of the building to its 16th-century state. The actual works lasted from 1958 to 1961.
In the city hall, you also find the beautiful Aldermen’s hall and the Council chamber with 16th century sculpted chimneys.

9. Baggaertshof

Sint-Jansstraat 37, Kortrijk 8500, Belgium
Excellent
47%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Baggaertshof

Reviewed By Globetrotter045 - Haacht, Belgium

The Baggaertshof was built in 1638, as a place where poor women could live a virtuous and spiritual life. Somehow this place survived time, but is now completely surrounded by modern houses and shops. You can visit the place for free, but have a look at the opening times first, because it is only open in the afternoons and not every day. The “hof” consists of 12 tiny houses, a chapel and a lovely herb garden surrounded with some special trees like a mulberry tree. It is very small, so in a half hour max you have seen everything. It is near the shopping streets, so when you’ve done shopping, just have a look at this cute houses. It is just around the corner of the K shopping centre

10. K in Kortrijk

Steenpoort 2, Kortrijk 8500, Belgium
Excellent
19%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
13%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 131 reviews

K in Kortrijk

Reviewed By krisp1960 - Tongeren, Belgium

Very nice and modern shopping center right in the center off the city.Not exteremely large but very good and clean. Good atmosphere.

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