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Bourgoensch HofBourgoensch Hof is quietly located in the heart of Brugge six kilometres south west of Damme and a 3-minute walk from the Grote Markt. There is a sunny terrace which overlooks the canals. The rooms offer free Wi-Fi access and can be reached with an elevator. In the morning, you can enjoy your breakfast in the breakfast room with views on the water. The spacious bistro serves a variety of regional dishes and outstanding Belgian beers from the bar. The Bourgoensch Hof is located a 5-minute walk from the Saint Salvator Cathedral. Private parking spaces are available upon request. Hotel Rooms: 25. Hotel Rooms: 70.

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Damme is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders, six kilometres northeast of Brugge. Damme lies on the Zwin River between Zeebrugge and Brugge; it is about four miles northeast of Brugge. The town hall remains as a token of the earlier economic strength of Damme. Built in 1464-68 by Gottfried de Bosschere, it is an excellent example of late Gothic architecture.

The most famous building in town may be the Damme Church, Onze Lieve Vrouw, the tower of which is about three times taller than anything else in town. St. John's Hospital, founded before 1249, has a museum inside with furniture, paintings, religious artifacts and household effects from centuries ago.

Damme was once the outport of Brugge and this area of Flanders is an unequalled cyclists' paradise. A number of picturesque routes have been charted and signposted for cycling enthusiasts. In the 13th century, Damme was the port for Bruges, to which it was linked by the river Reie. The river has now been canalised into the long, straight, treelined and picturesque Damse Vaart, which continues across the Dutch border to Sluis. If you like expressionist art you should really spend a couple of hours visiting the Provinciaal Museum Constant Permeke in Jabbeke. The Permeke-route is a forty-five-kilometre long cycling route which takes you through Gistel, Jabbeke and Oudenburg.

The line of the town's star-shaped fortifications can still be traced by lines of tall poplar trees and in places by a moat. It was the site of the Battle of Damme, fought on 30 and 31 May 1213. Today, it is a popular venue for eating out, and a destination for boat trips. Damme has more recently become known as a book town, with numerous bookshops and regular book fairs.

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