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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Kortrijk is a medium city, it has a good balance of tradition and innovation/modernism. It was seen as the Texas of Flanders, one of the richest and most economic developped areas in Flanders.
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Kortrijk is a medium city (75.000 inhabitants), it has a good balance of tradition and innovation/modernism. It was seen as the Texas of Flanders, one of the richest and most economic developped areas in Flanders.
 
Kortrijk has always been famous for shopping, and in 2010 a big shopping centre is going to open in the heart of the city. There are numerous traffic-free shopping zones, and lots historical sites in the city centre. Outside the centre there are some less developped hoods, but never really bad neighbourhoods.
 
Kortrijk has always been famous for shopping, and in 2010 a big shopping centre is going to open in the heart of the city. There are numerous traffic-free shopping zones, and lots historical sites in the city centre. Outside the centre there are some less developped hoods, but never really bad neighbourhoods.
Kortrijk is not far from France, but it's a rather safe city. Suburbs/sattelite cities like Menen have to endure criminality from French youth and gangsters, but Kortrijk is rather safe.
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Kortrijk is not far from France, but it's a rather safe city. Suburbs/sattelite cities like Menen have to endure mainly burglary criminality from French youth and gangsters, but Kortrijk is rather safe.
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The city is known as the '''Guldensporenstad''' (City of the Golden Spurs), afther the battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. It used to be the centre of the linen industry and is still known as an important textile industry region.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
Kortrijk can be easily accessed by various types of transport:
 
Kortrijk can be easily accessed by various types of transport:
* By car
 
** From France, you access Kortrijk through Lille. Take the E17 from Lille to Ghent (french: Gand, dutch: Gent) or Antwerp (french: Anvers, dutch: Antwerpen). Kortrijk (french: Courtrai) is just over the border.
 
** From the Netherlands, take the E19 towards Antwerp and move further on the E17 towards Ghent. Kortijk is indicated from Ghent on.
 
** From Germany, take the E40 from Liège (german: Lutich, dutch: Luik) to Brussels and head towards Ghent.
 
  
* By train
 
  
Kortrijk is a train-crosspoint. The lines Lille-Ghent-Antwerp, Lille-Bruges, Ypres-Brussels stop at Kortrijk.
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'''Train'''
  
* By plane
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Kortrijks train station is an intercity train station. Situated in the heart of Kortrijk, you have easy connections to Ghent, Antwerp, Mechelen, Brussels, Bruges, Ostend, Ypres and Lille.
  
Kortrijk has its own airport in a suburb(Wevelgem), but it has no regular passenger flights. Lille airport and Brussels Airport (Zaventem) offer easy access to Kortrijk in combination with the train
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'''Bus'''
  
* By boat
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Next to the train station there is a large bus station, giving access to regional bus lines and a well constructed city bus network. Eurolines buses stop at the train station or at the Kinepolis cinema, outside the city. The Kinepolis site has good connections to the train station.
  
Kortrijk is accessible by boat, the "Leie" (french: La Lys) and the "Schelde" (through the Bossuit-canal) offer access to Kortrijk.
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Thalys/Eurostar/TGV lines do not stop at Kortrijk. There is a direct connection to the Lille Flandres and Lille Europe train station (30 minutes by train) however. Accessing Kortrijk from England/Paris through stopping in Lille is easier to do than going to Brussels and taking the regional train in Brussels.
  
* By bike
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'''Car'''
  
Kortrijk is situated on the "Vlaanderen Fietsroute", a cycling network through Flanders, a network of 800 kilometers guiding you through Flanders nicest spots by bike.
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Kortrijk has an inner circle, the R8. This highway is connected to the A19 (Ypres/Ieper), E403 (Bruges/Brugge, Ostend/Oostende, Tournai/Doornik) and the E17 (Lille/Rijsel, Ghent/Gent, Antwerp/Antwerpen, Brussels/Brussel).
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'''Plane'''
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* '''Kortrijk Airport'''. Mainly business travel. No daily passenger services.
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* Daily connections by train to Brussels Airport. Lille Airport can also be an option.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==See==
 
==See==
*Broeltorens: towers on each border of the "Leie" (river). Last remaining landmark of the medieval defense wall.
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*Grote Markt: Kortrijks Grand Place. Home of the City Hall and the Belfry.  
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== Musea ==
*Begijnhof: one of the last remaining Béguinages in the Low Lands.
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* '''Kortrijk 1302''': An interactive museum showing you the Battle of the Golden Spurs (11th of july 1302). This battle is historical because it was one of the first battles where a peasant-based army defeated a knights army. After the battle, the spurs of the fallen horses were kept as a victory sign. The battle gave Flanders its regional holiday.  
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* '''Museum of Fine Arts''' situated in an old 18th-century mansion. Mostly contains regional artists (f.i. Roelant Savery) and an unique collection of ceramic.
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* '''National line museum'''. Shows a historical image of the line industry in Kortrijk and the surroundings.
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* Groeninge-abbey and the '''Groeningemuseum'''. This museum tells the story of Kortrijk from the Roman empire through the first world war.
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* '''Bakery and mill museum''' in Marke
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* '''Agricultural museum''' in Bissegem
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== Historical Buildings ==
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* '''City Hall'''
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* het '''Belfry''' at the Grand Place (UNESCO-heritage)
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[[Afbeelding:Begijnhof6.jpg|thumb|right|The scenic Begijnhof, a Beguinage]]
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* The scenic '''Begijnhof''' (UNESCO-heritage)
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:The Béguinage was founded in 1238 by Johanna Van Constantinopel. It was destroyed 3 times and rebuilt for the last time in the 17th century.  
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* 2 almost identical '''Broeltowers''' are remainings of the medieval city wall.
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:They are the typical image of Kortrijk. Build in the 13th and 15 century, they are located at both sides of the Leie river.
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* '''Onze-Lieve-Vrouwehospitaal'''.
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:Hospital, founded between 1200 and 1204.
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* The '''Baggaertshof'''.
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:a medical garden and 13 old houses.
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* '''Sint-Maartenskerk'''.
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:A gotic church, built and rebuild after a fire in the 14th century.
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[[Afbeelding:Kortrijk_begijnhofpark.jpg|thumb|right|The Béguinage, surrounding park and the Sint-Maartenstower]]
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* '''Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk'''
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* '''Sint-Michielskerk'''.
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* '''Sint-Elooiskerk'''
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* '''Sint-Janskerk'''.
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* '''Groeningekouter''': supposed to be the field where the Battle of the Golden Spurs took place.
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* The fontain '''The Wave''' at the Schouwburgplein, near the theatre.
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:A Olivier Strebelle-fountain
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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* Flanders Festival (link: http://www.festival-van-vlaanderen.be/kortrijk/)
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* Easter Funfair: Witte Donderdag tot en met de tweede zondag na Pasen
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* Sinksen Festival: Pinksteren en maandag na Pinksteren
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Kortrijk is situated on the "Vlaanderen Fietsroute", a cycling network through Flanders, a network of 800 kilometers guiding you through Flanders nicest spots by bike.
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==In the neighbourhood==
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* Brussel: Belgians capital.
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* Antwerpen: a large and active harbor city
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* Gent: A medieval town.
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* Brugge: The entire city centre is Unesco Heritage. Often called: "Venice of the north", due to the many canals and scenic centre.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
  
*Venning is an uninteresting part of the city (east Kortrijk) some streets of the Venning are the poorest of all Belgium like 'Groeningekaai', the city tries to make it richer with building lofts at it. Eastern Venning should always be avoided it has some gangs. Known gangs: V-Side, Ratten.
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*Generally safe, small unsafe areas near the station (at night) and the Venning, a local neighbourhood.
 
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*Pradopark Social housing made in 2008, should be avoided at night.
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*The east neighberhood of the Station should be avoided at night (drugdealers, thiefs).
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==

Revision as of 14:47, 5 June 2009

Kortrijk is a city in West Flanders.

Contents

Understand

Kortrijk is a medium city (75.000 inhabitants), it has a good balance of tradition and innovation/modernism. It was seen as the Texas of Flanders, one of the richest and most economic developped areas in Flanders. Kortrijk has always been famous for shopping, and in 2010 a big shopping centre is going to open in the heart of the city. There are numerous traffic-free shopping zones, and lots historical sites in the city centre. Outside the centre there are some less developped hoods, but never really bad neighbourhoods.

Kortrijk is not far from France, but it's a rather safe city. Suburbs/sattelite cities like Menen have to endure mainly burglary criminality from French youth and gangsters, but Kortrijk is rather safe.

The city is known as the Guldensporenstad (City of the Golden Spurs), afther the battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. It used to be the centre of the linen industry and is still known as an important textile industry region.

Get in

Kortrijk can be easily accessed by various types of transport:


Train

Kortrijks train station is an intercity train station. Situated in the heart of Kortrijk, you have easy connections to Ghent, Antwerp, Mechelen, Brussels, Bruges, Ostend, Ypres and Lille.

Bus

Next to the train station there is a large bus station, giving access to regional bus lines and a well constructed city bus network. Eurolines buses stop at the train station or at the Kinepolis cinema, outside the city. The Kinepolis site has good connections to the train station.

Thalys/Eurostar/TGV lines do not stop at Kortrijk. There is a direct connection to the Lille Flandres and Lille Europe train station (30 minutes by train) however. Accessing Kortrijk from England/Paris through stopping in Lille is easier to do than going to Brussels and taking the regional train in Brussels.

Car

Kortrijk has an inner circle, the R8. This highway is connected to the A19 (Ypres/Ieper), E403 (Bruges/Brugge, Ostend/Oostende, Tournai/Doornik) and the E17 (Lille/Rijsel, Ghent/Gent, Antwerp/Antwerpen, Brussels/Brussel).


Plane

  • Kortrijk Airport. Mainly business travel. No daily passenger services.
  • Daily connections by train to Brussels Airport. Lille Airport can also be an option.

Get around

Kortrijk doesn't offer a metro system, but you won't need one. Kortrijk has a well-formed bus system, offering easy transport to main spots like Kortrijk Xpo and most surrounding cities.

See

Musea

  • Kortrijk 1302: An interactive museum showing you the Battle of the Golden Spurs (11th of july 1302). This battle is historical because it was one of the first battles where a peasant-based army defeated a knights army. After the battle, the spurs of the fallen horses were kept as a victory sign. The battle gave Flanders its regional holiday.
  • Museum of Fine Arts situated in an old 18th-century mansion. Mostly contains regional artists (f.i. Roelant Savery) and an unique collection of ceramic.
  • National line museum. Shows a historical image of the line industry in Kortrijk and the surroundings.
  • Groeninge-abbey and the Groeningemuseum. This museum tells the story of Kortrijk from the Roman empire through the first world war.
  • Bakery and mill museum in Marke
  • Agricultural museum in Bissegem


Historical Buildings

  • City Hall
  • het Belfry at the Grand Place (UNESCO-heritage)

thumb|right|The scenic Begijnhof, a Beguinage

  • The scenic Begijnhof (UNESCO-heritage)
The Béguinage was founded in 1238 by Johanna Van Constantinopel. It was destroyed 3 times and rebuilt for the last time in the 17th century.
  • 2 almost identical Broeltowers are remainings of the medieval city wall.
They are the typical image of Kortrijk. Build in the 13th and 15 century, they are located at both sides of the Leie river.
  • Onze-Lieve-Vrouwehospitaal.
Hospital, founded between 1200 and 1204.
  • The Baggaertshof.
a medical garden and 13 old houses.
  • Sint-Maartenskerk.
A gotic church, built and rebuild after a fire in the 14th century.

thumb|right|The Béguinage, surrounding park and the Sint-Maartenstower

  • Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk
  • Sint-Michielskerk.
  • Sint-Elooiskerk
  • Sint-Janskerk.
  • Groeningekouter: supposed to be the field where the Battle of the Golden Spurs took place.
  • The fontain The Wave at the Schouwburgplein, near the theatre.
A Olivier Strebelle-fountain

Do

Kortrijk is situated on the "Vlaanderen Fietsroute", a cycling network through Flanders, a network of 800 kilometers guiding you through Flanders nicest spots by bike.

In the neighbourhood

  • Brussel: Belgians capital.
  • Antwerpen: a large and active harbor city
  • Gent: A medieval town.
  • Brugge: The entire city centre is Unesco Heritage. Often called: "Venice of the north", due to the many canals and scenic centre.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

  • Parkhotel next to the Station.

Contact

Stay safe

  • Generally safe, small unsafe areas near the station (at night) and the Venning, a local neighbourhood.

Get out


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