City walks, something for everyone
Discover the creative city by the Lys and its many faces during one of the many outlined city walks.
Enjoy the Lys, the historical centre, the landmarks, the creative neighbourhoods and the excellent restaurants.
Each route has its own stories and brings the visitor along places that you might otherwise pass by.
We hope you enjoy the walk.
Would you like to discover Kortrijk on foot? Distance and available time sometimes play a role in your choice. We help you to make your choice by indicating how strenuous the exertion/relaxation is.
Light exercise: -5 km *
normal effort: 5-10km **
strenuous exercise: +10km ***
1. KORTRIJK CREATIVE CITY TOUR**
Along unique landmarks, shops, restaurants and events in 6 creative neighbourhoods!
Kortrijk boasts a long tradition of international trade. As early as in the Middle Ages, Kortrijk flax was one of Flanders' key export products. Thanks to this flax, the city developed a reputation for craftsmanship, topquality design and entrepreneurship. Wars and economic setbacks forced the textile industry to reinvent itself. Thanks to this inevitable transormation, the Kortrijk region became what it is today: creative and resilient. That is why, Kortrijk was awarded membership op the UNSCO Creative Cities Network on 31 October 2017 for design.
Discover Kortrijk with this walk along unique landmarks, shops, restaurants and events in 6 creative neighbourhouds!
2. METAMORPHOSIS OF THE CITY** (7,7 KM)
Mix of old and new Kortrijk
With this city walk route, you will not only stroll through the historical heart of the city, but you will also pay attention to Kortrijk's current metamorphosis. A handy map is available, with a short description of all the interesting places.
This walk starts en finishes at Toerisme Kortrijk
Marking of the route with round rivets in the ground
Available at 'Toerisme Kortrijk' (in Dutch, € 3) - Download the route in pdf format (in Dutch)
3. ZIEMIE** (7 KM)
Artistic quest through the city
A beautiful route with a touch of art in the centre of Kortrijk. The ZieMie (do you see me?) tour takes you on a discovery tour of 7 km through the city of Kortrijk. You can follow the route by bike or on foot.
On the route you will find sculptures by the artist Mie Bogaerts. Can you find them all?
Each statue is accompanied by a small text written by Joris Denoo. You can read the texts on the map or listen to them by scanning the QR code that you will find next to the statues.
So if you like art and walking or cycling, this route is for you!
Enjoy walking, cycling and searching!
This walk is wheelchair accessible. Also for cyclists
4. HUGO CLAUS WALK
During this audio walk (in Dutch), we follow in the footsteps of Louis Seynaeve and visit the places where some key scenes of 'Het Verdriet van België' (The Sorrow of Belgium) were shot. The real Kortrijk and the Valle from 'Het Verdriet van België' often coincide, but never completely. In this novel, Claus adds details, distorts the facts, adds colour, ... It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the tension between fiction and reality is the leitmotif of this walk.
Route in Dutch
This walk consists of 2 loops that you may or may not combine. Both loops start and end at the Beguinage.
Available at 'Toerisme Kortrijk'. Click here for more details.
5. STREUVELS IN THE CITY* (3 KM)
Active walk on the writer Stijn Streuvels
't Perelke was Stijn Streuvels' regular pub in Kortrijk. Appropriate, because many literary gems originated between the pots and the pints, during Streuvels' Kortrijk meanderings.
In this lively walk, a number of these gems will be presented to you.
Route in Dutch. More information on this link
6. A CUP OF GEORGE
This is the story of George Washington, not the president, but the famous inventor of the same name who was born in Kortrijk. It is a story of far-reaching family ties, a story of wanderings, of ventures and inventions, of setbacks and successes. A story that takes us from Kortrijk to the United States and Guatemala.
This audio walk is only available in Dutch.