Top 10 Best Things to Do in Oudenaarde, Belgium

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Oudenaarde Bucket List: 10 Best Places to Visit in Oudenaarde, Belgium

The industrial town of Oudenaarde has become famous for its decades of brewing culture and beautiful tapestries. Specializes in brewing Oud Bruin beer; make sure to go on beer tasting when visiting Oudenaarde. Apart from its classic beer, there are many best things to do in Oudenaarde (Belgium), such as watching The Tour of Flanders or exploring archeological sites.

Here are the 10 best things to do in Oudenaarde (Belgium) to add up to your list.

Stadhuis (Town Hall)

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An impressive piece of Brabantine Gothic architecture, the Stadhuis or Oudenaarde Town Hall is one of the finest of its kind in the country. Constructed in 1526 to 1537 by Architect Hendrik can Pede, the town hall is located at the market plaza featuring its intricate façade, UNESCO belfry, and a crown on its peak as a tribute to Charles V Roman Emperor.

Ronde van Vlaanderen

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If you plan to visit Oudenaarde in April, don’t miss the chance to watch the one-day classic Ronde van Vlaanderen or The Tour of Flanders. It is an annually held road cycling race and the most valued cycling race in Flanders since 1913.

Centrum Ronde Van Vlaanderen

A must-visit for all cycling enthusiasts, the Centrum Ronde Van Vlaanderen is a museum dedicated to The Tour of Flanders’ overview and beautiful memories. The museum also features the history of cycling, several collections of bikes, and a bar.

Mou Museum

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Located at stately town hall, the Mou Museum holds a permanent breathtaking collection of hand-woven tapestries and the textile history of the town and region. Featured on the ancient cloth hall are 18 tapestries out of the 37 collections. In addition, the museum also features one of the largest silversmith collections in Flanders.

Brewery Liefmans

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Visiting the town of Oudenaarde won’t be complete without tasting Belgian beer. Head to the ancient brewery site of Brewery Liefmans and learn about its more than 300 years of history. The brewery dates back to 1679, serving classic to luxurious beers such as the Goudenband, Kriek-brut, and Gluhkriek.

Church of Our Lady of Pamele

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Located next to the bank of Scheldt, the Church of Our Lady of Pamele is one of the finest pieces of Scheldt Gothic style. The church dates back to 1234, supervised by the master-builder Arnulf van Binche. It features a blue-gray stone, small round corner towers, and a dominant central tower.

Provinciaal Archeologisch Museum

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Explore the town’s rich history by visiting the Provinciaal Archeologisch Museum located in a Belgian village in East Flanders. The museum features an interactive and detailed list of two-millennium history and lets the visitors meet Ename’s natives, telling the history on their own.

Archeologische Site Ename

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After going to the Provinciaal Archeologisch Museum, head to the Archeologische Site Ename. Also located near the banks of Scheldt, the site features the remains of a Benedictine monastery, the Ename Abbey, and the remains of the Ottonian castle.

Meat Hall

Another historical building in town, the Meat Hall, dates back around 1410, located in central Ghent. The structure is an eye-catching stone hall matched with several dormer windows.  The hall was a former chapel with wall paintings at the end of the hall and now houses a restaurant inside the meat hall.

Maidendale Abbey

A vibrant building along the Scheldt, the Maidendaele Abbey has a red-washed sandstone façade, white window frames, and round arch doors with baroque frames, making it an eye-catching appearance. The abbey was around 1663 to 1664 and was established in 1233 by order of Cistercians.

References

  • Reid, (2018), Top 10 Things to do in Oudenaarde, Belgium, Things to do

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