For Freedom Museum

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Located about 7km from Knokke-Heist's main strip, this excellent modern museum focuses on the period between 1940 and 1944 when the Zwin region was gripped in the throes of WWII. It makes an excellent contrast to the WWI memorial sites in the Ypres Salient region.

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1. Cultuur Centrum


Incorporating the Scharpoord Gallery, Knokke's excellent Culture Centre hosts a diverse year-round range of visiting exhibitions and events, many of them…

2. Seafront


The Seafront's main attractions are a parked Russian submarine and a lightship (sister to one in Antwerp).

3. Uilenspiegel Museum

4.49 MILES

This museum recounts the stories of Uilenspiegel, a villain in German folklore but a jester and freedom fighter in Flemish literature. It's in the same…

4. Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk

4.62 MILES

The 13th-century Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk was vastly expanded in the village’s heyday, only to be partially torn down in 1725 when it (and its maintenance…

5. Zwin Natuur Park

5.28 MILES

Around 5km northeast of Knokke, Het Zwin was once one of the world’s busiest waterways, connecting Bruges with the sea. In medieval times the river silted…

6. Koeleweimolen

6.51 MILES

In the 13th century, Bruges' great walls were dotted with molens (windmills) where cereals were ground into flour – at one time 25 ringed the city. Today,…

7. OLV-ter-Potterie

6.56 MILES

Admission to this small historical church-hospital complex is free with a St-Janshospitaal museum ticket. Ring the bell to gain entry and you’ll find fine…