Kortrijk Tourism

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Kortrijk (in English also Courtrai or Courtray; official name in Dutch: Kortrijk, pronounced [ˈkɔrtrɛi̯k]; West Flemish: Kortryk or Kortrik, French: Courtrai, pronounced: [kuʁtʁɛ]; Latin: Cortoriacum) is a Belgian city and municipality located in the Flemish province West Flanders. It is the capital and largest city of the arrondissement of Kortrijk, which is both a judicial and an administrative arrondissement.The wider municipality comprises the city of Kortrijk proper and the villages of Aalbeke, Bellegem, Bissegem, Heule, Kooigem, Marke, and Rollegem. Kortrijk is part of the cross-border Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai (metropolitan area), which had 2,155,161 residents in 2008. The city is situated on the Leie, 42 km (26 mi) southwest of Ghent and 25 km (16 mi) northeast of Lille in France. In addition, Mouscron in Wallonia is located just south of Kortrijk. Both Kortrijk and Lille are part of the same transnational Eurodistrict urban agglomeration with around 1,900,000 inhabitants. As the biggest city of southern West Flanders, Kortrijk has many schools, hospitals and shopping streets. Kortrijk originated from a Gallo-Roman town, called Cortoriacum at a crossroads near the Leie river and two Roman roads. During the Middle Ages, Kortrijk grew significantly thanks to the flax and wool industry with France and England and became one of the biggest and richest cities in Flanders. The city is often referred to as City of Groeninge or City of the Golden Spurs, referring to the Battle of Courtrai or the Battle of the Golden Spurs which took place on 11 July 1302 on the Fields of Groeninge in Kortrijk. In 1820, the Treaty of Kortrijk was signed, which laid out the current borders between France and Belgium. Throughout the 19th and 20th century, Kortrijk became a center of the flax industry and remains an important region within the Belgian textile industry today. Today, Kortrijk is the largest city in southern West-Flanders with several hospitals, colleges and a university. Kortrijk was the first city in Belgium with a pedestrian shopping street, called the Korte Steenstraat. Nowadays, a big part of the historical city center is a complete pedestrian area with lots of shops and a covered shopping mall called K, as well as many restaurants and bars. Another shopping mall is located near the northern edge of the city: Ring Shopping Kortrijk Noord.

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Kortrijk in Belgium offers a unique experience to travellers. When planning a trip to Kortrijk, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Antwerp. Attractions in Antwerp include Antwerp Central Station, Mas - Museum Aan De Stroom, Cathedral Of Our Lady. A vacation to Kortrijk can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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Facts and Stats for Kortrijk*

  • Pollution Statistics in Kortrijk

    Know the pollution level of Kortrijk before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 39.71 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 63.89 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 61.11 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 26.92 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 55.56 (Moderate)
  • Kortrijk: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Kortrijk for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kortrijk.

    • Burglary and Theft 39.06 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 45.31 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 39.06 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 20.31 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 37.5 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 45.31 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 70.31 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 29.69 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 64.06 (High)
  • Living in Kortrijk - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Kortrijk is 153.41 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 55.66 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 87.79 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 49.32 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 20 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 75.23 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 87.73 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.51 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 71.65 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Kortrijk

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kortrijk

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.47 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.34 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.99 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 91.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 91.11 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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