Until the silting up of the tidal inlet Zwin, Damme was the transhipment port of Bruges. To reach the literary home of Tijl Uilenspiegel (Owlglass), you drive straight along the banks of the Damse Vaart (Damme Canal), one of the most beautiful pieces of nature in all Belgium. The canal is lined with magnificent poplars, some of which are over 100 years old. Their wind twisted trunks add to the charm of the setting. You can also experience their beauty from the water. The nostalgic paddle steamer Lamme Goedzak travels to and fro between the small medieval town and Bruges’ Noorweegse Kaai (Norwegian Quay).
Must-sees are the 15th-century City Hall and the robust Church of Our Lady where, after a steep climb, you are rewarded on the tower with an impressive view of the city and the Zwin region. At the Uilenspiegel Museum, you will discover all about the legendary figure Tijl Uilenspiegel and his many faces.
Damme is a cyclist's paradise, so on a bike from Bruges to Damme, you will best experience the tranquility of the vast landscape. But the steam wheeler Lamme Goedzak will take you across the water at regular intervals to the Uilenspiegel city too.