Knokke is a scenic coastal town, located in the area of Knokke-Heist in Belgium. Situated to the north-west of the country, Knokke is known to have a population of over 15,000 people. Most notable for fascinating museums, spectacular scenery and incredible art galleries, the town is definitely worth a visit with your family for your next vacation. Here are our top 10 attraction picks to visit whilst in Knokke!
1. For Freedom Museum
For Freedom Museum is an exhibition which is heavily dedicated to World War II and the history behind the tragic event. This museum captures the real essence of the era with life sized models to help illustrate the time. It focuses on the specific period of 1940-1944, where many of the brutal events are dramatically uncovered. Other artifacts are featured within this museum, including various vehicles that were actually used within the years of World War II - expect to see a range of military tanks and ships here during your visit. If you are a complete history enthusiast, you will thrive in this war themed educational environment. Definitely worth a day-trip whilst at Knokke!
For Freedom Museum
Address: Ramskapellestraat 91 - 93, Knokke-Heist 8301, Belgium
Website: For Freedom Museum
2. Sincfala: Museum van de Zwinstreek
Sincfala: Museum van de Zwinstreek is an educational museum type attraction which focuses on the rough life of the Heistese fishermen as well as the town’s local history. It is considered to be a very fascinating exhibition, which is brilliant for tourists to discover more about the town of Knokke. Highlights include the impressive life sized models available to view here as well as the intricate model buildings. This is a sensational educational experience to enjoy with the whole family.
Sincfala: Museum van de Zwinstreek
Address: Pannenstraat 140, Knokke-Heist 8301, Belgium
3. Knokke’s Nature Reserve
Knokke’s Nature Reserve is a fantastic scenic area in Knokke, which is great to spot a variety of different bird species at your leisure. There is also an adjoining visitor centre, which explains the wildlife types in more detail. It is located in the nearby town of Cadzand, right at the border of Flanders and the Netherlands. The nature reserve spans over a total of 1.4 miles (2.3 km). Explore the reserve at your own pace by taking a gentle walk with a tour guide on one of the featured guided walks.
Knokke’s Nature Reserve
Address: Graaf Leon Lippensdreef 8, Knokke-Heist 8300, Belgium
Website: Knokke’s Nature Reserve
4. Grand Casino
Grand Casino is a gambling venue located in the town of Knokke. There is a large variety of different slot machines and live tables to play at during your visit such as roulette, blackjack and poker. There is a specific dress code which guests are required to follow before arrival - an outfit which is considered to be elegant and stylish. An age limit is also present, with all participants having to be at least 21 years of age before entering the building. There is also an on-site restaurant within the premises which has a variety of gourmet style dishes for you to try whilst on a break from gaming.
Address: Zeedijk-Albertstrand 509, Knokke, Knokke-Heist 8300, Belgium
Website: Grand Casino
5. Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise is an outdoor sports centre which is located to the east of a stunning beach in Knokke. During your visit here, you have an opportunity to experience a wide range of water sport activities such as surfing as well as organised boat tours. The centre is located in a lovely location, where you are able to take in the wonderful coastal scenery whilst waiting for your sports adventure to begin. You are able to take part in any of the activities, regardless of whether you are an amateur or skilled.
Address: Zeedijk-Het Zoute 0, Knokke, Knokke-Heist 8300, Belgium
Website: Surfers Paradise (in Dutch)
6. Anemos Beachclub
Anemos Beachclub is a great place to take part in a large range of outdoor sport activities with the whole family like canoeing and kayaking. The Beachclub is located on the beach, to the west of Knokke town centre - right on the Heist-Duinbergen border. There is a friendly cafe located on-site, where you are able to purchase snacks and drinks at your leisure. The various beach sports are available to enjoy from March until November annually. Water sport activities are available from April to October on an annual basis. If you are an adrenaline junkie, this is the attraction for you to definitely try out during your stay in the town of Knokke.
Address: Zeedijk Duinbergen Road, Knokke-Heist 8301, Belgium
Website: Anemos Beachclub (in Dutch)
7. The Sea Lounge
The Sea Lounge is an example of a boat trip type excursion which runs on a daily basis - perfect for a relaxing day out viewing the Knokke coastline with your loved ones. Take in the stunning scenery whilst enjoying the variety of refreshments available on board the ship. During your trip, you will experience the fabulous sights available to view on the beautiful seaside coast of Knokke. Bear in mind that this trip is suitable for adults and children that are over 12 years old only.
The Sea Lounge
Address: Platanen 16, Knokke-Heist 8300, Belgium
8. Beverly Screens
Be sure to head to Beverly Screens for the ultimate cinema experience for you and your family. This family-friendly entertainment venue is home to around 5 high quality movie screens as well as an incredibly comfortable seating area in each cinema room. Being the only cinema type complex within Knokke town centre, Beverly Screens is also reasonably priced. Why not go and visit Beverly Screens during your next visit to the coastal town of Knokke - it will definitely provide you with much needed entertainment whilst taking a break from sightseeing.
Address: Kongostraat 2, Knokke-Heist 8300, Belgium
Website: Beverly Screens (in Dutch)
9. Absolute Art Gallery
Absolute Art Gallery specializes in contemporary art in Knokke. The gallery has a variety of exhibitions throughout the year and the artists are renowned. They also sell books on art. Local and international artists are represented at the gallery. Some of these include Christine Comyn, Nick Gentry, Alan Kingsbury, Christiaan Lieverse and many more.
The gallery opening days may be confirmed by calling them. The current exhibitions are advertised on their main website. It is a modern and upmarket establishment and if you’re into art and culture, allow a few hours for it. Attentive staff will help you if you wish to buy and they are knowledgeable when it comes to discussing art.
Absolute Art Gallery
Telephone: +32 475 44 80 60
Address: Kustlaan 285 Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Website: Absolute Art Gallery
10. Visit the seals on a speedboat trip
Climb on a highspeed boat and zoom out over the water to where the seals await you. Knokke Boat offers the Seal Discovery trip which means you get close enough to the seals to take plenty of photographs. Adults enjoy a champagne while out there and children, the non-alcoholic equivalent. They offer other water experiences as well.
Due to their correct environmental approach, the company has special permission to get close to the seals in a protected area in the Zeedijk region. They are based in several places in the Knokke area of Belgium.
Address: RBSC Duinbergen Zeedijk 430A 8301 Knokke-Heist Belgium
Website: Knokke Boat
Knokke is a thriving coastal town which is full of family-friendly tourist attractions!
The wonderful coastal town of Knokke is a given choice for a well-earned Belgian vacation abroad. With its stunning scenery to observe as well as a wide range of fascinating tourist attractions to visit - Knokke is definitely a town which is suitable for the whole family!
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