|Province :||West Flanders|
|Area :||56.44 km²|
|Residents:||33,126 (Jan. 1, 2019)|
|Population density:||587 inhabitants per km²|
|Post Code:||8300 (Knokke, Westkapelle)
8301 (Heist, Ramskapelle)
|Mayor:||Count Leopold Lippens|
Local government address :
|Alfred Verweeplein 1
Knokke-Heist is a city on the Belgian North Sea coast in the province of West Flanders, right on the border with the Netherlands . Knokke-Heist is known as the most fashionable seaside resort on the Belgian North Sea coast due to its numerous villas, upscale shops and restaurants.
- West chapel
- Het Zoute
The tourist attraction is the twelve-kilometer-long fine-grained sandy beach with five guarded beach sections and the extensive dune landscape. The beach promenade is almost entirely built up with multi-storey apartment buildings that are used as holiday apartments. At the eastern end of the village is the nature reserve Het Zwin , which covers 150 hectares and is a breeding area for rare bird species. In October 2010 the neighboring “Vlindestuin”, a butterfly garden with 400 free-flying exotic butterflies, was closed. Marked cycling and hiking trails lead through the polder landscape of 3500 hectares. The many designer boutiques and the expensive luxury hotels make Knokke, and especially Knokke Zoute, a weekend getaway for rich Belgians, Germans, Dutch and Luxembourgers.
The prices for vacation properties here reach peak values of up to 15,000 euros per square meter. With its Art Deco furnishings, the casino from 1930 hints at Knokke's early days as a glamorous seaside resort.
In Knokke-Heist there are three stations of the National Society of Belgian Railways (NMBS / SNCB) with national connections. From the mentioned stations there are u. a. Intercity connections to Bruges and occasionally to Brussels-Zaventem Airport .
Knokke-Heist is connected to the coastal tram ( Kusttram ), the world's longest tram line (68 kilometers in length and 69 stops). There are five stations in the area around Knokke-Heist. The stops are called Knokke-Station , Knokke-Watertoren , Heist-Duinbergen , Heist-Heldenplein and Heist-Dijk . Knokke station is the northern end point. All Belgian places on the coast can be reached by tram.
Knokke-Le Zoute Airport
To the east of the place existed between 1929 and 1960 the small airfield Knokke-Le Zoute , which was used both civilly and militarily .
The latter in the period before and until shortly after the end of the Second World War by the Aviation Militaire Belge , the German Air Force and the British Royal Air Force . The Luftwaffe had only stationed anti-aircraft guns here , while the Royal Air Force had the 142nd Squadron with the 290th Squadron , a Spitfire squadron , until October 1945 at the space it referred to as Airfield B.83 .
From 1959 to 1973 the renowned Knokke Song Festival took place in the seaside resort's casino .
Since 1969 the International Fireworks Festival Knokke-Heist (Internationaal vuurwerkfestival Knokke-Heist) has been held annually during a summer week on the Zeedijk-Albertstrand promenade . The fireworks have international appeal. Four different countries always present their fireworks. The event always takes place from 10:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Songs from different genres are played synchronously with the entire fireworks display.
- Corneille Heymans (1892–1968 in Knokke), physiologist, Nobel laureate in medicine (1938)
- Hans Vermeersch (* 1957 in Knokke), composer and conductor
- Nicky Degrendele (* 1996), track cyclist