The drunken well of Middelkerke

De Dronkenput or the Drunken Well in the Belgian coastal town of Middelkerke attracts 5000 visitors every year: The very unique but odd tourist attraction was built in 1897 as a new water reservoir, it was proposed to provide the town with more water and purify it into potable drinking water. Unfortunately, the building subsided just after it was finished because groundwater pushed up the floors of the reservoir and it could never be used for its original purpose.

Until it was turned into a tourist attraction many years later and is now even a protected monument. "The walls, floors, and stairs are skewed, so you feel like you're drunk, hence the name. The Drunken Well is situated between two normal rows of houses in a quiet residential area in the town. You can visit the Drunken Well of Middelkerke every day in summer by appointment. Book in advance with the concierge on this telephone number +32485 86 09 03. Opening hours: 9.00 till - 12.00 and 14.00 till 18.00.

Picture by Tijl Vereenooghe