On the water...


For the early birds and nature lovers there is the whisper boat. With this low-noise ecological boat, you sail to the Blankaart, accompanied by a guide.  Whilst you are gliding silently over the water, you can observe the many bird species and at the same time enjoy a beautiful sunrise with the wonderful nature as background.


The Yzerstar is the passenger ship that sails quietly on the Yser between Nieuwpoort (Novus Portus) and Diksmuide (Portus Dixmuda).  through the picturesque polder landscapes (Yzerboattrip = 1.45 hrs one way or 3.30 hrs there and back). On board there is the possibility to enjoy a cup of coffee or a fresh pint. There are also regular harbor tours and themed cruises on board of the ship. 


At ‘t Buitenbeentje there is a wide choice to discover the peace and beauty of Diksmuide and the Westhoek.

By renting a kayak or a canoe, a small motorboat, a bicycle or a go-kart you ca go on an adventure independently. 

In short : 't Buitenbeentje is the center for active recreation and ecotourism.

In the polders...


The Blankaart Visitor Center is located on the edge of the floodable Yser Valley in Woumen, housed in a castle and surrounded by a beautiful park. It forms the gateway to the adjacent nature reserve managed by Natuurpunt and to the extensive Ijzerbroeken behind it, managed by the Agency for Nature and Forests. You will learn a lot about the unique Yser and Handzame valley. There is also a nice collection of stuffed birds to admire.


The provincial domain is located at the foot of the Yser Tower and within walking distance of the Grote Markt. Picnic in the orchard full of native fruit or at one of the other beautiful spots along the hiking trails. Let the children romp or bring up the child in yourself in the adventurous nature play zone. Further on in the domain you will find a farm. From there you arrive in 't Land van Vlierbos with a picking garden, a community garden, a petting zoo and café de IJzerboomgaard.

Walking & Cycling ...


The Tour along the Yser front goes via the Frontzate and the Silence Path past the Museum on the Yser, the Trench of Death and a number of special relics of the First World War. All this in a beautiful landscape setting. Enjoy the water and the greenery along the Yser. The ideal walk for those who like to develop nature and culture. - Distance: 6 km - Start and end: Parking Yser Tower


The Silence Path is not an ordinary walking path. It invites you to become still, listen to your breathing, the rustle of the trees, the chirping of the birds, the babbling of a stream… Take the time to stop, close your eyes and listen. .. to yourself and to the environment. Do you also notice that silence is alive! Hammocks, loungers and benches – in some very special places – stimulate your senses.


The new, signposted IJzerhoevenroute (36.3 km) takes you past 14 farms in and around Diksmuide. Information boards along the way explain various themes such as dairy cattle, horticulture, arable farming, fruit and floriculture,... You will learn more about the story "from farm to fork" in a fun way and a lot of attention is paid to regional products. The handy leaflet (with route plan) informs you where you can stop for a regional delicacy.

Food & drink...


At the bakery Bert Saint-Germain and Miet Theunynck in the blissfully quiet Diksmuide, everything revolves around the authentic bakery-patisserie. Lovely bread, delicious breakfast products, fantastic viennoiserie and tasteful cakes. All artisanal, fresh products based on craftsmanship and the finest selected ingredients. Craft and originality are their strongest point.


Stijn Saint-Germain and Mieke Pattyn offer artisanal, high-quality preparations, both hot and cold. You can order various dishes and you will always find a wide choice of dishes, selected wines, Italian specialties, salads, fresh fish and much more. Be sure to visit this caterer on the Grote Markt in Diksmuide!



A Sunday lunch with the family or socializing with a group of friends? Every Sunday we welcome you for the rich 'buffet à gogo'. Join us at the table and enjoy. From oysters and game to specials for the kids to delicious desserts... our buffet à gogo is for big and small Burgundians! Or how about a 'dancing dinner'? Enjoy a sparkling aperitif, be surprised by our gastronomic dishes and end the evening on the dance floor!


Bistro Père et Mère is a refined brasserie in Diksmuide that would like to make you rediscover the classic dishes.

You will always receive a friendly welcome in this beautiful establishment with stylish interior for a tasty and well-maintained lunch or dinner.

Enjoy the real, good classics in generous portions, both à la carte and from a choice menu.

Jelle and Magali will warmly receive you.


Visit one of the breweries in Diksmuide or take part in a beer tasting. At the 'Dolle Brouwers', the 'Nachtraafbrouwers' or 'Brouwerij Verstraete' you will discover the 'Oerbier', the 'Nachtraaf' and the 'Papegaei' and the story behind these and other delicious beers. By the way, pâté, cheese, beer bitterballs and even pralines were developed with fellow regional producers. Also enjoy the beer cycling routes that the region has to offer.

War & Peace...


Near the Grote Markt in Diksmuide you will find the Peace site 'Aan de Ijzer' with the Pax Gate, the Yser Crypte and the Yser Tower.

The Yser Tower houses the museum about War, Peace and Flemish Emancipation and has 22 floors.  Since the beginning of 2014, the museum has been completely redesigned to offer visitors an even better, more interactive and experience-oriented insight into the Great War.

From the panorama room on the roof terrace, you have a unique view over the entire front area, 84 meters high above 'Flanders Fields'.


The Menin Gate can be considered the general symbol for the First World War.

The memorial is designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

He designed this memorial as a classic triumphal arch.

But the Mening Gate is also a 'memorial to the missing'.

On the inside are the names of approximately 55000 Commonwealth soldiers, who were reported missing before 

15 August 1917.  

This monument is the setting for the Last Post ceremony every evening.

Theme parks...


Plopsaland De Panne is a theme park of Studio 100 in the Belgian municipality of De Panne, on the North Sea coast and the French border. The coastal tram has a stop in front of the entrance. The theme park is named after the children's programs Kabouter Plop and Samson en Gert from Studio 100.


Bellewaerde Park is an amusement and animal park near Ypres, located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The park is owned by the French Compagnie des Alpes, of which the Walibi Parks are also part. Bellewaerde has 54 hectares of land and is especially famous for its many animals and the attention to theming. The park's mascot is a lion dressed as a king, known as King Lion for short.

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