Oudenaarde

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Introduction

Oudenaarde is a city in East Flanders. Oudenaarde is located about 30 kilometres south of Ghent, the capital of the province. The town has a little over 30,000 inhabitants and serves thanks to its geographical location in the center of the Flemish Ardennes as a convenient hub for cycling tourists. Besides the town of Oudenaarde proper the commune also includes the villages of Bevere, Edelare, Eine, Ename, Heurne, Leupegem, Mater, Melden, Mullem, Nederename, Volkegem en Welden.

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Sights and Activities

  • Town Hall and Belfry, Markt 1. The flamboyant Gothic-style town hall and its belfry were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999, together with 31 other belfries across Flanders & Walloonia and later expanded to 56 buildings & belfies as Belfries of Belgium and France. The city hall houses a unique collection of Oudenaarde tapestries.
  • Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen, Markt 43, ☎ +32 55 33 99 33, e-mail: info@crvv.be. Museum dedicated to the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) cycle race.
  • MOU Museum Oudenaarde, Markt 1, ☎ +32 55 31 72 51, e-mail: mou@oudenaarde.be.
  • Beguinage, Burg. The oldest building in the beguinage dates back to 1500 and was the home of the rector. The houses in the beguinage are now flats for pensioners. The beguinage was proposed for the list of UNESCO World Heritage, but was not included in the list.
  • PAM Ename (Provincial Archeological Museum), Lijnwaadmarkt 20, Ename, ☎ +32 55 30 90 40, e-mail: pam-ename@oost-vlaanderen.be. €2.50 regular. Free for children under 12.
  • Church of Our Lady of Pamele, Pamelekerkplein. The construction of the church began in 1234 on the banks of the Scheldt, and the Church of St Walburga near the market square, are both worth a visit.
  • Church of St. Walburga, Markt, ☎ +32 55 31 72 51. This church is the largest in Oudenaarde and dominates over the historical part of the town.
  • Maagdendale Monastery, Maagdendale. This Cistercian abbey dates back to the 12th century and is situated on the current grounds since the 13th century. Currently most of the edifices are used as a city archive and for the municipal art academy.

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Getting There

By Train

The Oudenaarde Railway Station is located quite centrally in the town. Direct connections from Brussels and Ghent. Oudenaarde is 1 hour away from Brussels and 30 minutes from Ghent. Oudenaarde is a train ride of 20 minutes from Kortrijk.

By Bus

The Flemish national bus company, De Lijn, has lines to Oudenaarde from Ghent, Geraardsbergen, Deinze and other neighbouring towns.

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Drink

  • Brewery Smisje, Driesleutelstraat 1, ☎ +32 475 36 44 89. Before moving to Oudenaarde this little brewery was located in Bruges. Today it is the smallest craft brewery in Belgium.

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Sleep

  • Leopold Hotel, De Ham 14, ☎ +32 55 69 99 65. Hotel in a new building close to the Scheldt river. There is a large parking site next to it.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available in Belgium, but internet cafés are not common, because most people have internet access at home or through wifi. There are multiple internet access points in all cities and it is free in most libraries. Also in multiple gas stations, train stations and diners on the highways there is Wi-Fi available. Many cafés offer free Wi-Fi nowadays and if you can't find any you can always fall back on Quick or McDonalds which both offer free Wi-Fi.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Belgium is: + 32. To make an international call from Belgium, the code is 00.

Belgium has a modern telephone system with nationwide cellular telephone coverage. Belgium uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are three main companies (Proximus, Mobistar and Base, and a large number of MVNOs) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free. You can get sim cards for the three main companies in dedicated phone shops. Sim cards from the MVNOs are readily available at supermarkets (Carrefour, Aldi, Colruyt to name a few all have their own brand). All networks provide UMTS and HSDPA (3G) mobile internet coverage, and are rolling out a 4G network, mainly in the big cities and eventually in the whole country.

Post

De Post is the national postal service of Belgium, with Dutch, French and German versions. They offer generally fast, reliable services. It's a relatively expensive service though, with normal domestic post (cards, letters etc) up to 50 grams costing €0.61. To other European countries it costs €1.03 and outside Europe it's €1.34. At the post offices, you can buy stamps and they have other services as well, including international money transfers. The opening times of post offices are 9:00am or 10:00am until 4:00pm or 5:00pm, depending on whether it's the main central one or a smaller branch or in towns. Some of them might be open on Saturday mornings, and remember that quite a few still close for lunch break! De Post also offers the sending of parcels, but you could also use private international companies like UPS, TNT or DHL, as they offer roughly the same services and prices, but are generally faster.

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