Top 10 Things to do in Hainaut Province, Belgium

November 6, 2017 Russell Mellin

Discover the best top things to do in Hainaut Province, Belgium including Historic Centre of Brugge, Flanders Battlefield Tours, European Flight Simulator, Saut en Parachute Merville, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Francois Duesberg Museum, Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Lange Max Museum, Musee La Piscine.
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1. Historic Centre of Brugge

Markt, Bruges 8000, Belgium +32 473 75 37 45
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5 based on 14 reviews

Historic Centre of Brugge

The historic center of Bruges has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 thanks to its status as one of the commercial and cultural capitals of Europe and its enduring Gothic architecture. The Belgian city center is cited as a great example of a medieval historic settlement, even while it has evolved over the years.

Reviewed By PedroOrso - San Diego, California

We spend 2 days and a night at Brugge what an amazing place. I would say there are two Bruges the best me during the day full of tours filled with tourists and the second if you spend the night more relax an peaceful.

2. Flanders Battlefield Tours

Slachthuisstraat 58, Ieper (Ypres) 8900, Belgium +32 57 36 04 60
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5 based on 877 reviews

Flanders Battlefield Tours

Reviewed By karenc23 - Liverpool, United Kingdom

On meeting Jacques we instantly knew we were in for a great tour..,he made us feel at ease instantly...His depth of knowledge on the area and how passionate he is blew us away...we visited so many sites..we booked the The Grand Tour which included The North Salient visiting Tyne cot cemetary and lots of other interesting sites..and the The extended tour which was the south salient..we learned so much from him over the both days..we really could imagine how bad the conditions were for those poor soldiers and the local people ...Jacques described everything to us in such great detail and with such great respect ..we feel so honoured to have been on these tours with him..if we are in the area again we wouldn’t hesitate to contact Jacques and Genevra to guide us round ...I have to add too Genevra kept me updated all the time with any questions I had before the trip and the booking process was very straightforward.
.Thank you both for making our stay in Ypres so memorable...something we will never forget .

3. European Flight Simulator

Avenue des Etats-Unis 7, Gosselies 6041, Belgium +32 71 35 61 17
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5 based on 341 reviews

European Flight Simulator

Fly a real Boeing 737 simulator. European Flight Simulator is an adventure for everybody, even if you have no experience at all. You'll have the opportunity to live an unique and unforgettable experience. After 30 minutes of briefing, you'll take place in the simulator, with a professional pilot by your side to assist you during the flight.

Reviewed By Yvan D

After a 30 minutes briefing to learn the basics of flying, you take place in a "real" cockpit, ready for your first take-off. The instructor is helping you with the secondary commands, give you the right tips to take off, and a bunch of instructions during the flight. After a first landing, I made a second take-off and after a few minutes flight, a barrel (all the alarms of the plane were beeping ! ), followed by another approach of Brussel International. This was really nice ! The instructors are really helping, and giving good advices.
One negative point is the video they suggest you to buy 25€. I bought it and i'm disappointed, as the quality is not that good and you get better view plan from inside the plane (if you have a passenger with you in the plane)

4. Saut en Parachute Merville

Z.I. Les Petits Pacault | Aerodrome, Merville, France
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5 based on 319 reviews

Saut en Parachute Merville

Reviewed By Clairefontai

Super, moniteur gentil et attentionné (qui plaisante et s’interesse à vous)! On se sent en sécurité.

5. Tyne Cot Cemetery

Tynecotstraat, Zonnebeke 8980, Belgium +32 51 77 04 41
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5 based on 1 reviews

Tyne Cot Cemetery

It is now the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world in terms of burials. At the suggestion of King George V, who visited the cemetery in 1922, the Cross of Sacrifice was placed on the original large pill-box. There are three other pill-boxes in the cemetery. There are now 11,956 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Tyne Cot Cemetery. 8,369 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to more than 80 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate 20 casualties whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. There are 4 German burials, 3 being unidentified. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker. The TYNE COT MEMORIAL forms the north-eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery and commemorates nearly 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom and New Zealand who died in the Ypres Salient after 16 August 1917 and whose graves are not known. The memorial stands close to the farthest point in Belgium reached by Commonwealth forces in the First World War until the final advance to victory. The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker with sculpture by F V Blundstone.

Reviewed By Kerrie A - Bruny Island, Australia

What a brilliant experience , this such a moving place, you can’t believe the moon scape that was once there after all the fighting..they do a wonderful job keeping all the cemetery’s in such great order, it’s a must do and reflect on how lucky we are.

6. Francois Duesberg Museum

Sq. Franklin Delano Roosevelt 12 | Entrée par le n° 2 de la Rue de la Houssière, Mons 7000, Belgium +32 65 36 31 64
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5 based on 251 reviews

Francois Duesberg Museum

This outstanding museum of Decorative Arts (from 1775 to 1825) exhibits not only a prestigious collection of clocks (more than 300 ! ) including the largest ensemble of pendules "Au bon sauvage" (exotic subjects in patinated and ormoulu bronzes) in the world, but also exceptional French gilt bronzes,porcelains (from Paris and Brussels including marvels painted by viruoso Frederic-Theodor(e) FABER),silver,jewellery and other very rare objects. You will discover the way of living in Paris from the time of Louis XVI to Napoleon Ier and Charles X. An astonishing and dazzling beautiful visit !!! Michelin 2 stars for the whole Museum and above it: 2 specific stars for the "extraordinary collection of clocks" and, since 2015, 2 more stars for the "marvelous collections of porcelains" !!! 3 times worth seeing : a MUST !

Reviewed By Waltzy M - Canberra, Australia

This is a most beautiful museum, brought about by a very dedicated and passionate collector who deserves to be applauded for sharing his collection with us. Mons should be proud to have such fine works of art in its city, and promote them. Indeed, I believe this is one of the best collections of its type in Europe. Do make an effort to see it - and you might even be lucky enough to meet the owner there, when you walk in, just as I did!

7. Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum

Place Alix de Rosoit, Lessines 7860, Belgium +32 68 33 24 03
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5 based on 199 reviews

Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum

Reviewed By geert_wittenberg - Geraardsbergen, Belgium

When you are accompanied by a guide when visiting the museum you will become overwhelmed by teh detailled histories. In our situation teh guideexplained to much and went to far in detail, but you are not obliged to stay interessted of course. The restaurant was fine and the service was OK.

8. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Boescheepseweg 35A, Poperinge 8970, Belgium +32 57 22 36 36
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Reviewed By FiShep - London, United Kingdom

One of a very many immaculate Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries in the region, this one stands out for its visitors centre. Lijssenthoek was the site for a number of Casualty Clearing Stations and military hospitals; the visitors centre offers an excellent narrative of medical support and how casualties were evacuated. We spent a good 40 minutes here before we got out into the cemetery! Those buried here form the 3% of casualties that were recovered back to here, and then did not survive. The other 97% did - now there's a statistic worth thinking on when you see the vastness of the cemetery.

9. Lange Max Museum

Clevenstraat 2, Koekelare 8680, Belgium +32 475 58 50 51
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4.5 based on 188 reviews

Lange Max Museum

The Lange Max Museum is a must-see place for the World War I tourist on the German side of the western frontline. The farmyard is the centre of this curtural and touristic location. A long lane takes you from the farmyard to the remains of the artillerie platform of the former German cannon 'Lange Max'. In a brand new contemporary museum, the visitor learns all about the huge cannon that was designed to bombard Dunkirk. The German occupation of Koekelare gets full attention. A unique exhibition tells you all about the organisation behind the frontline. The production of army goods ran at full speed in Koekelare. The little bakehouse still contains traces of the German presence and is redesignated as a multi-media room. You can relax on a cosy Terrace enjoying a 'Kanonbier' or homemade pancakes.

Reviewed By AmarilisVos - Jabbeke, Belgium

We visited this museum on September 21st. In front of the museum is a free parking lot. There is an entrance fee with or without audio guide. When we visited there was a temporary exhibit about the consequences of the flooding (inundation) by the Belgian Army for the Germans during the Great War. Be aware that till the end of November you will not be able to visit the artillery platform where the Long Max stood.
There are 2 parts in this museum: one about the daily life of the inhabitants of Koekelare and the German occupier, and the other one about the Long Max, a big gun.

10. Musee La Piscine

23 rue de l Esperance, 59100 Roubaix, France +33 3 20 69 23 72
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Musee La Piscine

Reviewed By TwerpAdviser - Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom

Easily reached by metro from Lille (get a day pass for 5 Euro) this converted swimming pool has so much character and full of interesting things to see and do. Very children friendly and good cafe / restaurant within. Loved the playing of recordings of children screaming and playing in a swimming pool every quarter of the hour to add authenticity!

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