City of Kortrijk

Stad-kortrijkA city with 75,000 inhabitants in the southern part of the province of West Flanders that achieved fame and glory thanks to the flax and linen industry.

 

The city and its past

An unbelievable dynamic rules here and this is clearly visible in the special urban renewal projects. The Middle Ages are still visible in the city centre, as testified for instance by the sturdy Broel towers on the banks of the Leie, also known as the Golden River. The sober Beguinage is an oasis of peace and is also, in addition to the Belfort, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The late-Gothic city hall, the Baggaertshof, the impressive Church of Our Lady and St. Martin’s Church are the loveliest treasures of Kortrijk’s art-historical heritage.

 

Renowned architects and town planners have redesigned the city with due respect for its past. Whether it concerns renovated or new squares and streets, the preference in Kortrijk is given to sober, contemporary architecture with an eye for detail. Along the edge of the city, in High Kortrijk, traditional and contemporary architecture are stylishly united on the Kulak University campus and the many sport centres.