What to do and see in Veurne, Belgium: The Best Places and Tips

August 2, 2017 Florencio Paulino

Veurne (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈvøːrnə] ; French: Furnes, pronounced [fyʁn]) is a city and municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the town of Veurne proper and the settlements of Avekapelle (nl), Booitshoeke (nl), Bulskamp (nl), De Moeren (Belgium) (nl), Eggewaartskapelle (nl), Houtem (West Flanders) (nl), Steenkerke (West Flanders) (nl), Vinkem (nl), Wulveringem, and Zoutenaaie (nl).
Restaurants in Veurne

1. Town Hall

Grote Markt 29, Veurne 8630, Belgium
Excellent
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Town Hall

Reviewed By ShavyB - Roeselare, Belgium

It is a different view to see the Town Hall when it's dark than in daytime. The building is nicely lit at night and makes so attractive while walking under it. You could see the lights from below to the tower, a shimmering building at night very beautiful

2. Museum Paul Delvaux

Paul Delvauxlaan 42, Koksijde 8670, Belgium +32 58 52 12 29
Excellent
57%
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4.5 based on 152 reviews

Museum Paul Delvaux

Reviewed By MAZAGDN - London, United Kingdom

Paul Delvaux was one of the leading surrealist artists of his ear and a leading exponent of this art movement. Second only in fame to the better know surrealist Rene Magritte, also of Belgium.
The Foundation Delvaux was set-up as a foundation in an old style fisherman's house - extensively remodelled and enlarged - and is itself a beautiful house. The artist and his wife lived behind his foundation during their stays at the seaside.
The foundation has a pretty little restaurant with a fantastic sun drenched Terrace (if you're lucky!) that serves good simple fare or one can simply enjoy a drink and dessert!
The collection itself would grace any world class museum and so represents one of the best places in the world to see the artist's work and learn about his passions and life.

3. De Panne Beach

Gemeentebestuur | Zeelaan 21, De Panne 8660, Belgium +32 58 42 16 16
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4.5 based on 556 reviews

De Panne Beach

Reviewed By PHE22 - London, United Kingdom

A great sandy beach that looked good even in poor weather. Heavy seas pounding the shoreline were very picturesque.

Pastoor Schmitzstraat 5, Oostduinkerke 8670, Belgium +32 58 51 24 68
Excellent
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Navigo-Nationaal Visserijmuseum

Reviewed By MarKno - Koksijde, Belgium

The third museum with 5 stars in Koksijde ( others are Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen, Delvaux museum) is the Visserij museum. It used to be a small charming museum but since some years it has been completely renewed and extended and is now a modern museum about the live of fishermen and fishes alike.
The museum is build on different floors and host among others real boats and an interesting aquarium with lots of fishes. You can try to identify the fishes using the pictures and text giving on the posters. Problem: the fishes are continuously moving and there are lots of them. By the time you think you have identified one he is gone.
It is also a large museum, so take a few hours to visit. And of the three museums it is also the one I would most recommend to visit with kids.
To prepare your visit have a look at the website : www.navigomuseum.be It has an English version.
Of course , just outside the museum you have a café-restaurant. It is build in an old fisherman’s house and has a large Terrace. If you are just in for a drink then take a Rodenbach (Belgian specialty beer) with grey North Sea shrimps.

De Pannelaan 68, Adinkerke 8660, Belgium +32 58 42 02 02
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3.5 based on 241 reviews

Plopsaqua

Reviewed By CWU - Aachen, Germany

We visited Plosaqua with our 12 years-old daughter. We paid almost 60 Euro for 3 tickets ( visitors over 1 meter) and 2,50 Euro for parking. The parking lot is located just outside the park so very convenient. The decoration and facility are very nice and clean. You have to pay 5 Euro for the locker but you get 4 Euro back if you return the token.
The slides are mostly family-friendly. We didn't have to wait long (max. 5 minutes) to try every slide so it is definitely worth the money. The operator at Sky Drop was very efficient so while the queue was long, the waiting was still not long. The effect at Wave pool is nicely done too. The wild river was fun but unfortunately too short.
Plosaqua looks small from the outside but there are many attractions inside. The food inside is not cheap as in every water parks but at least we didn't need to wait long as well.
We had lots of fun that afternoon. When we left after more than 5 hours, we noticed that on the receipt it stated the tickets are only for 4 hours. We didn't have to pay extra money so we weren't sure about the 4 hour regulation.

6. King Albert I Memorial

Kustweg 2, Nieuwpoort 8620, Belgium +32 58 23 07 33
Excellent
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4 based on 248 reviews

King Albert I Memorial

What does Nieuwpoort have in common with Namur, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Kortrijk and Bruges? In all of these cities you can find a statue of Albert I, the Soldier King. These bronze riders mark the way the German army invaded Belgium in 1914, up until Nieuwpoort where they came to a grinding halt. This was achieved through the power of seawater and the smart coordination of the sluices and locks. But water wasn't only an ally, it condemned Nieuwpoort to a crueler fate, the complete destruction of the city as first city at the front. A hundred years later the monument to King Albert I is a serene place in a beautiful landscape, surrounded by water. The ideal place to tell the story of the inundation. This happens in the hyper-modern visitor center 'Westfront Nieuwpoort' right under the 2500m² Terrace of the monument, with a polyvalent inner circle and 3 exposition wings.

Reviewed By Mark G - Maidenhead, United Kingdom

This is an important memorial of the first world war with fine views from the top (lift or escalator). The museum below has good interactive exhibits explaining how the German advance was held back by managing water levels. The main attraction is a digital Panorama which sadly had now English description. Other wise this was a good small museum.

7. Beauvoorde Castle

Wulveringemstraat 10, Veurne 8630, Belgium +32 58 29 92 29
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4 based on 56 reviews

Beauvoorde Castle

In 1875, the young aristocrat, Arthur Merghelynck, purchased Beauvoorde Castle, which was falling into disrepair. The chateau is situated in the charming village of Wulveringem, not far from Veurne (Furnes). In true romantic style, Merghelynck had the chateau rebuilt in the way he thought it would have looked in the 17th century. Once completed, he built up a superb collection of furniture and works of art. He also developed the estate grounds to create a stunning new park. Nearly 30 years later, in his will, Merghelynck decided that time should come to a standstill at the chateau. His wish was granted. Welcome to the wonderful world of the aristocrat, Arthur Merghelynck! A very easy-to-use audio-guide in four languages (French, Dutch, English and German) is included in your ticket price. Guided tours for groups (in French, Dutch, English and German) are possible, subject to booking in advance. November 5 - March 30: closed Marched 30 - November 5: open

Reviewed By JWG_080353 - Noordeloos, The Netherlands

The last owner of this castle, a Mr. Merghelinck, died childless and left his possessions - among which this castle - to the Belgian state. Mr. Merghelinck was a collector, and highly interested in the cultural life and lifestyle of the 17th century. As a result, the castle and it's interior gives you an impression of "the best of the 17th century" in Flemish life.

8. Dumont Quarter

Albert Dumontlaan, De Panne, Belgium
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

Dumont Quarter

Reviewed By Daniel D - Brussels, Belgium

In De Panne you can visit the sea and beach and dunes, but also the Calmeyn-forest, the Nightingale Educational Nature Center, the great natural Westhoek reserve, and in the middle of all that, you will find the "Dumont"-quarter, wich is an architectural area, named after the famous architect Dumont in the early 1920's. Art Deco and Art Nouveau is always in the architectural designs, and the villas are very efficiently build inside. The area has low parking possibilities and unique sense mobility. Use your bikes please ! Around the Dumont area is lokated the "Zeelaan" or boulevard of the sea, with lots of commercial shopping. I live here for almost 28 years.

9. Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen

Koninklijke Prinslaan 8, Koksijde 8670, Belgium +32 58 53 39 50
Excellent
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen

Reviewed By MarKno - Koksijde, Belgium

Koksijde is a seaside resort which has three marvellous museums: Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen, Delvaux museum and Visserij museum. When the weather isn’t fit for sunbathing on the beach they are a perfect place to spend a few interesting hours enriching your cultural and historic “baggage” . The Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen is maybe the best known..
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The museum offers the visitor an educative and extensive journey into the world of the Cistercian religious order and at the same time an insight into the Middle Ages. The Cistercian order was really a European multinational avant-la-lettre founded early 12th century by Bernardus of Clairvaux and having franchise abbeys all over Europe... including the UK!
In the museum the audiovisual means ( although at times some are broken) are picturing very well how the monks were living and some of the audiovisuals require the participation of the visitor. There is even a short romantic movie (flashback included) with the abbey and the North Sea as background. Adults and children alike will enjoy the experience.
The visit will take you between one and two hours. After that you go through the alley to ....nothing. Actually only a few bricks are left of the once majestic church and abbey. The ruins only give you an idea of the layout and size of the abbey, the rest is up to your imagination , of course helped by what you just have been experiencing in the museum.
To prepare your visit have a look at the website : www.tenduinen.be It has an English version.
To end your visit go to the recently restored old fisherman’s house ( on the grounds of the ruins) which is now converted into a café with Terrace. You can get there a good Belgian beer en a snack.

10. Adinkerke Military Cemetery

Heldenweg 34 | net voor kruising ARTIESTENPAD - DUINHOEKSTRAA- DE PANNELAAN, Adinkerke 8660, Belgium +32 58 42 97 53
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Adinkerke Military Cemetery

Reviewed By nigeljcook - Saffron Walden, UK

Beautifully kept like all the CWG sites, this small cemetery is on a little lane, opposite a farm with ponies.
Containing British, Belgian, Russian graves we were able to find the one we wanted by using the CWG website, but there is also a book on site.
Adjacent to the motorway, and backing onto an industrial park, it was a tranquil memorial surrounded by pasture with wild poppies.

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