The Belgian coastline

Belgium has a coastal strip of only 67 kilometers. Of this, however, about 95% consists of pleasant sandy beaches and dunes, where it is nice to stay during both summer days and other seasons. The Belgian Coastline has a number of smaller and larger towns.

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The best known are the fashionable Knokke, party town Blankenberge and the royal city of Ostend. Others are, De Panne, Westende, De Haan,  During the year, many events are organized on the coast to entertain many tourists coming to the coast from all over Europe.

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A special coast tram connects all the places along the coastline You can find more about the coastal  tram route here. It's the longest route of its kind in the world.

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Bruges by coach

A coot ride through the historic winding streets of Bruges starts at the Marketplace, on Wednesday morning at the 'Burg'. The ride last about half an hour. Halfway the horse and carriage will briefly stop at the 'Begijnhof'. During the ride the coachman gives expert explanations about the history of the city.

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You can compare a Bruges coot ride with that of a standard sightseeing bus ride. You pass the most important historical sites and museums as well as some picturesque streets that give a truly medieval feeling on the sound of horse hooves.

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The price for half an hour on the carriage is 50 euros. It does not matter how many people in the carriage take place, however there is a maximum of 5 people. The price of 50 euros is a fixed price by the tourist office of Bruges. Negotiating or appealing to different coachmen therefore makes little or no sense.

Candy, a Belgian invention

Candy is very old, to be precise, it goes back to the beginning of the 16th century! The idea of making all kinds of candy from cane sugar arose around 1510 in the then called Southern Netherlands, what is now called Flanders in Belgium. In those days candy was called sugar and it was only available for the rich people, it was especially served in the highest social circles, at special events.

Sugar goods became very popular. Even several German emperors had sugar products specially delivered to their court, all the way from Belgium. At that time, people were offered figurines of candy as a welcome gift. For a long time, candy was something for the rich. Not surprising if you know that it was rather expensive to make sugar from sugar cane.

Only after 1747 did that change. Because in that year a German pharmacist discovered that you can also get sugar from cheap beet. The candy industry completely changed from that point on.