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Why go to Knokke-Heist?

Knokke is known to be the cool, stylish sibling of Belgium’s coastal towns. Knokke-Heist is known for its busy cultural events and beach bars. There’s 5 beaches for you to choose from at Knokke, making it a hotspot for coastal tourism. It’s the last stop on Belgium’s coastal tram and close to the Netherlands. Whether you’re planning a day at the beach in Belgium or are starting to explore Europe, Knokke is a good spot to start.

What you need to know about Knokke-Heist

The Beach

In Knokke-Heist for a beach getaway? No worries, we got you covered. Knokke might have 5 beaches, but Albertstrand is the most popular thanks to its restaurants, beach cabins, and pretty sea view. In the tourist season, you’ll have to walk a bit further out to find a nice spot to sunbathe and relax away from the crowds. Knokke has its best weather from May to August. Knokke beach and the town is still a nice place to be when it’s not warm, but you won’t be dipping your toes into the sea then.

Nature surprises

One of Knokke’s most popular sights is the nature reserve of Het Zwin. Knokke is a coastal town with beautiful surprises of nature. Bring your bike or get those walking shoes on for a stroll around Zwin. Enjoy the fresh air of Belgium’s coast right on the Belgian-Netherlands border. There’s more to see than the sea at Knokke. Sandy dunes, rivers and so much more. If you want a beach holiday destination with more than just the beach to explore, Knokke is for you.

Fun in the water

What would a coastal getaway be without some fun in the ocean? Knokke’s beach has lots to offer for watersports no matter your age and experience. Rent a surfboard and catch some waves. Or book yourself and some friends in for a kite surfing class. There’s plenty of companies who offer classes and rentals along the coast, but Surfclub Windekind is pretty close to Knokke with a variety of options. Most companies offer kid-friendly options too. If you’d rather stay closer to town and try something new, try out cable skiing with Lakeside Paradise.


Getting There

By Car

motorway E34 is a direct road straight from Antwerp. Bruges not too far away on the E40 which also links to Brussels. Knokke close Sluis on the Netherlands border

By Train

Knokke is easily reached on the train. Knokke train station is just a short walk from the tram station and city centre. Trains IC and ICT stop in Knokke.

By Public Transport

Knokke is the final stop on the coastal tram. Knokke Station is a short walk from the city centre. It’s a 2 hour tram ride from Niewpoort, 1 hour and a half from Ostend, and 30 mins from Ostend.

Getting Around

On Foot

Knokke is small enough to walk. You won’t have an issue getting around on foot.

By Bus

Knokke has plenty of bus stops throughout the city and on the outskirts, making it a convenient 20 minute bus ride from the beach to Het Zwin.

By Car

you can get around Knokke by car. There’s car parking in the city centre and close to the beach, but it gets pricey in the tourist season. Parking Ijzerpark is probably the most convenient.

By Bike

on the outskirts of Knokke, you won’t have too much of an issue getting around by bike. In the city, there are bike lanes but you’ll have to navigate around the promenade and busy roads. It’s possible to get around by bike, especially outside the tourist season, but we generally recommend walking around instead. Bike routes around the Zwin nature reserve and in the direction of the Netherlands are in good condition.


Languages: Flemish (Dutch)
Emergency numbers: Police (urgent): 101 Fire, ambulance, police: 112

When to go

Best weather: May - Oct
Tourist season: Jun - Aug
Dates for your calender
Aug - Philippine Mussel Festival 2021, International Festival of Fireworks
Sep - Zwin-Triathlon, Heritage Days
Oct - Zoute Grande Prix
Dec - Christmas market and ice rink, Festival of Lights

Tourism Office


Address: Tourist office Knokke-Heist - office Knokke, Zeedijk-Knokke 660, 8300 Knokke

Phone: +32 50 63 03 80

Email: [email protected]

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