Draped in beautiful tapestries, Oudenaarde is a city of art nestled on the banks of the river Scheldt. This Belgian gem is known for its prominent churches, UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites and the country’s smallest craft brewery.
Things to do
For a dose of culture, the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen offers a special treat for cycling enthusiasts. Oudenaarde is the endpoint of the famous Tour of Flanders cycling race and the museum features unique cycling exhibitions, education about the race, regards to past winners and a cafe with drinks and light bites.
If you enjoy architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Town Hall and Belfry is truly a sight to behold. This Gothic gem contains a museum, tourist information center and an exhibition of famous tapestry representing three centuries of Flemish interior design. Spend an afternoon exploring the interior or simply awe at its beauty from the outside.
A blend of epochs and styles, Saint Walburga Church is a must-see for visitors to Oudenaarde. The church boasts an impressive exterior tower, two religious tombstones for viewing, a range of traditional tapestries and a unique mixture of 15th and 13th-century designs.
When you’re ready to relax and unwind, head over to Brouwerij Roman, the oldest family brewery in the country. Join a guided tour to learn about the brewery’s production process and immerse yourself in an education of its historic beer. Tours last about two hours and include tastings and a gift set.
From Oudenaarde, it is about a 25-minute drive by car or taxi into Ghent. The nearest international airport is Lille Airport, located about 70 kilometers away. The easiest way of getting around Oudenaarde is by bus or car.