Excursion to the Belgian - Dutch border area

01-01-2020 from 08:45 to 18:00
Blandijnberg 2, in front of the Faculty of Arts, main entrance, is the meeting point
Martine De Reu
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The bus trip will take us through the harbour of Ghent (B) to the harbour of Terneuzen (NL). Since 7 December 2017,  these two ports form together with Vlissingen (NL) one (international) harbour, called North Sea Port, offering about 100.000 jobs. 

After a guided visit to the locks in Terneuzen, a trip of about 30 minutes through the polder area of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (NL) will take us to Hoofdplaat (NL), where we will admire the huge dike and the estuary of the Schelde river.

We have lunch at a cafe in Hoofdplaat before driving to Zuidzande (NL), where we visit a typical windmill.

Next we drive to the small but very beautiful medieval town of Damme (B), in the neighbourhood of Bruges (B). From there we return to Ghent, where we will arrive around 18:00.


8:45 : meeting in front of the Blandijn building in Ghent.
9:00 : departure of the bus. We will leave exactly on time!
10:00 - 12:00: visit of the North Sea Port in Terneuzen
12:00 - 12:30: transfer from Terneuzen to Hoofdplaat via Biervliet and the surrounding polder area
12:30 : visit of Hoofdplaat and the dike of the Westerschelde (river estuary)

lunch in Hoofdplaat (students will bring their own lunch)

13:45 : departure from Hoofdplaat
14:15 -15:45 : visit of the windmill in Zuidzande
16:15 - 17:00 : visit of the historic town of Damme and view from the tower of the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (if time permits)
18:00 : arrival in Gent

Practical information:

  • meeting and checking the names of the participants at 8:45 in front of the Blandijn building; return around 18:00
  • costs: 5 EUR (includes the bustrip and a free drink at lunch)
  • participants are advised to bring their own lunch and in case of bad weather suitable clothes are a must
  • limited number of participants: 50
  • registration is done via the registration form on the website. Payments are accepted just before or after the lecture of Kornee van der Haven and Lars Bernaerts on 5 May 2020

An English description of the Tour (on paper) will be distributed before boarding the bus.


This excursion has been cancelled because of the Corona virus.