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Kortrijk is a city in West Flanders.
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. 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.
Kortrijk can be easily accessed by various types of transport:
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.
Kortrijk is a train-crosspoint. The lines Lille-Ghent-Antwerp, Lille-Bruges, Ypres-Brussels stop at Kortrijk.
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
Kortrijk is accessible by boat, the "Leie" (french: La Lys) and the "Schelde" (through the Bossuit-canal) offer access to Kortrijk.
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.