Discovering Bruges and its surroundings with a Vespa

Discovering Bruges and its surroundings with a Vespa



Brugse Ommeland or cruising through the ‘Polder Landscape’.

This route is not only a scenic cycle route but also ideal for a scooter trip (60 km). The route departs from

the heart of Bruges and goes to the Ryckevelde nature reserve, Kasteel van Male, towards medieval Damme and from there to Koolkerke, Oostkerke Castle, Dudzele and the artists’ village of Lissewege. Then back via the polders to Sint-Pieters to Bruges.

  • Castle of Male
  • Rooigem Castle
  • Ryckevelde Domain
  • The Spycker
  • Historic centre of Damme
  • Huyse the Great Star
  • Fortress of Bavaria
  • Uilenspiegelmuseum
  • Castle of Oostkerke
  • Painters village Lissewege
  • St Peter’s Lake


Castles Route

Not only a nice cycling and walking route, but also ideal for a vespa tour (55 km).

The surrounding area of Bruges has a rich past with many castles and castle forests southwest of Bruges. (Sint-Andries, Sint-Michiels, Loppem and Jabbeke). Here we also depart from the centre of Bruges towards Tillegembos, Beisbroek (observatory), Tudor Castle, Magdalena estate, the woods of Loppem and the famous abbey of Zevenkerke.
Kevergem Castle and Schoonhove

  • Abbey church Steenbrugge
  • Nieuwburg Castle
  • Bethany Priory
  • Castle of Loppem
  • St Andrew’s Abbey of Zevenkerken
  • Tudor and Tillegem Castle
  • Castle Beisbroek farm ‘t Oosthof
  • Castle Bloemdale and Norenburg
  • Norenburg Castle


Damme-Sluis-Cadzand route

We ride the vespa (100 km route) from the centre of Bruges to Damme, Sluis and Cadzand.

Damme is a medieval town with partly preserved old city walls and the picturesque O.L.V. church with panoramic view. We leave Damme and drive via the Schipdonk canal to Sluis.  Sluis lies just across the border in the Netherlands and is a typical Dutch town with a market, nice shops and pubs.

After this, we go to the Dutch coastal town Cadzand with nice bistros, restaurants and beach bars.

Afterwards, we take the ferry across the Westerschelde from Breskens to Vlissingen. With the scooter on the ferry, you can smell the sea and be one with nature (price €8). After the seaside resort and harbour of Vlissingen with its beautiful dunes and lovely view, it is time to return to Bruges. On the way, you can also relax in the famous Zwin Nature Park.

  • Castle De Spycker
  • Church of Our Lady in Damme and the medieval city walls
  • Leopold and Schipdonk Canal
  • Lapscheure and the Church of the Holy Trinity
  • The ramparts and the beautiful Belfry of Sluis
  • Cadzand-Bad with nice beach bars and beautiful dunes
  • Westerschelde: crossing with Ferryboat from Breskens to Vlissingen


Abbeys Route

We start again from the centre of Bruges and our route (60 km) winds along country lanes to Jabbeke and the Romanesque church of Ettelgem village. From here we continue to the old Roman site of Oudenburg with its Roman archaeological museum and the remains of the Sint-Pieters abbey. Afterwards we cruise to Gistel with the Abbey Ten Putte and the Sint-Godelievemuseum after which the villages Zevekote, Moere, Eernegem, Bekegem. Along the way, there is plenty of room for a picnic.

  • Roksemput
  • Romanesque church of Ettelgem
  • St Peter’s Abbey and Roman Archaeological Museum of Oudenburg
  • Ten Putte Abbey
  • Sint-Godelievemuseum


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