Flights to Kortrijk
Kortrijk is a city in West Flanders in the west of Belgium. This sizeable city has numerous tourist attractions including several World Heritage Sites, plus Kortrijk also offers many shops, restaurants and other services.
The local Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport (airport code: KJK) doesn’t serve any commercial flights to Kortrijk so travellers will have to land at the Brussels Airport (code: BRU). It’s approximately 1 hour away by car or rail. You can get to Brussels with Egyptair with one stop in Cairo, or with Turkish Airlines with a connection in Istanbul. British Airways and South African Airways both have the same flight to Kortrijk, through London.
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The Tourist Attractions of Kortrijk:
Kortrijk has its origins in Roman times when it served as an important crossroads. By the 9th century the settlement has been fortified, and by 1190 Kortrijk became a city. Today, one of the big attractions of Kortrijk is its medieval architecture which has stayed very well preserved. Some of the major sights include the following:
Kortrijk City Hall
Situated on the main square of Kortrijk is one of the city’s main landmarks, the City Hall. It was built around 1520 in a combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles and if you look at the façade you’ll see numerous statues of the Counts of Flanders.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Kortrijk has a couple of World Heritage Sites: the belfry with its statue of Mercury, god of merchants, and the Beguinage. Many cities in Belgium feature a Beguinage and this is a collection of small buildings that were used by Beguines (Roman Catholic communities of the 13th and 14h centuries). The Beguinage of Kortrijk is listed along with many others in the region as a World Heritage Site, and it’s one of the prettiest streets in Kortrijk.
The Broel Towers
A symbol of the city and one of the best known landmarks in Kortrijk is the Broel Towers (or Broeltorens). This is a pair of identical towers that sit either side of the bridge that crosses over the Lys River. Though identical the two towers were built at different times, the first in 1385 and the second in 1415. Today the towers are the only remaining part of the old city walls and the bridge itself is not original, as this was destroyed in both of the World Wars.
St Martin’s Church
There are many churches lining the streets of Kortrijk and Saint Martin’s Church is one of the most notable. This is actually the main church of Kortrijk and one of the city’s most important Gothic style buildings. It is built on the site of an earlier church which was destroyed, and this in turn was built on the site of a Roman church, built in 650. Today’s structure was constructed between 1390 and 1466.
When Should You Visit?:
You could visit Kortrijk at any time of the year but it’s at its best during the summer months when the days are usually warm and relatively sunny, though rain falls all year round. You can expect highest temperatures to be in the low 20sC around July and August. In the winter Kortrijk is mild to cool but wet.